As Marvel’s latest iteration of the Avengers prepares to unite in a brand-new series, a fresh set of ominous adversaries has surfaced – introducing The Ashen Combine.
Marvel has unveiled a peculiar group of monstrous villains who will oppose the Avengers in the forthcoming “Avengers” series by Jed MacKay and C.F. Villa. The upcoming Avengers lineup will bear a striking resemblance to the MCU’s primary heroes, featuring Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Scarlet Witch, Thor, Captain America, Vision, and Iron Man. The team is in for a formidable challenge as they confront Kang the Conqueror’s looming presence and his ongoing mission to discover a moment in time that remains inaccessible (previously depicted in the “Timeless” one-shot). Adding to the mix, the Ashen Combine will make their first appearance in “Avengers” #3.
Kang’s actions have given rise to The Ashen Combine, a group of “cityslayers” who take pleasure in targeting densely populated areas with no regard for human life. With the five members of The Ashen Combine seeking to destroy Earth, The Avengers will have to divide their forces to cover more ground while defending their planet against potential annihilation. As they do so, they will also strive to prevent Tribulation Events, a sequence of potentially fatal future calamities across the Marvel Universe, from taking place.
The Avengers Face a Unique Threat from The Ashen Combine
The Ashen Combine, the newest group of villains to take on the Avengers, is a different kind of threat than what Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are used to facing. Unlike past adversaries like Thanos and Kang the Conqueror, who were driven by specific motivations, the Ashen Combine appears to be causing chaos and destruction simply for their own twisted pleasure. Their actions seem to lack any sense of morality or regard for life, making them unpredictable and dangerous foes.
The Ashen Combine is made up of five members, each with their own unique abilities and disturbing characteristics. Lord Ennui wields a giant spiked scepter and wears a veil and crown, while Idol Ablaster is a winged creature with an oversized head who desires to be worshipped. Citysmith, with its robotic legs and sinister smile, is the group’s insane architect. The Dead, who looks the most human of the bunch, wears a frightening mask and has a glowing arm that can raise the dead. Lastly, Meridian Diadem, whose chest and mouth can open to reveal a pocket dimension, is described as an all-consuming entity and is perhaps the most terrifying of them all. The Avengers will have their hands full trying to stop this monstrous team from wreaking havoc across the Multiverse.
According to reports, the Ashen Combine originates from the Impossible City, which is linked to “Timeless” #1. Kang the Conqueror embarked on a quest to locate The Missing Moment in the one-shot, leading him to briefly encounter the Citysmith’s attack on Toronto during the first Tribulation Event. The Twilight Court, a faction also searching for the moment in time, pursued Kang, and he found himself in various other Tribulation Events, such as The Death Moon and the Cannibal Culture. Myrddin nearly killed Kang during the latter event before banishing him to a place beyond time. Kang’s most recent sighting was in Nowhen and Nowhere, while Myrddin persisted in his hunt for The Missing Moment.
The Avengers’ quest continues despite the powerful forces ahead
It seems that the Avengers are not fully aware of the immense Multiversal conflict they are about to engage in. The Ashen Combine is portrayed as a formidable force capable of unleashing their immense destructive abilities anywhere they choose. Should they set their sights on Earth, the Avengers may require additional support to face this formidable threat.
While it’s merely conjecture, some suggest that the Ashen Combine’s genesis occurred at Impossible City’s epicenter, and its ruin depicted in the Tribulation Event served as a source of inspiration for them. The real link between the two is yet to be uncovered and promises to be a captivating development. Regardless of their actual origins, the Ashen Combine presents a significant challenge to the Avengers, as the upcoming “Avengers” title, with its Multiverse-spanning narrative, delves into profound concepts and ideas on a grand scale.
Jed MacKay and C.F. Villa introduce the Ashen Combine to the comic book world in “Avengers” #3. However, the new antagonists have already established their presence in Marvel Comics’ “Timeless” one-shot, and their narrative technically begins in “Avengers” #1. Thus, even before their official debut, the Ashen Combine are already proving to be a genuine menace, posing a significant threat to the Avengers.
Stuart Immonen’s cover art graces the first three “Avengers” issues, set to hit comic book stores on May 17, June 21, and July 26, respectively.