Last year during a retailers’ summit — the same one that stoked a conversation about whether diversity was hurting Marvel’s bottom line — Marvel Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing David Gabriel told shop owners the publisher had no big crossover events scheduled for at least 18 months.

The statement was made in response to concerns about event fatigue, the fact that Marvel, fairly reliably for about a decade, had scheduled at least one linewide mega-event per year, from 2005’s X-Men/Avengers crossover “House of M” to last year’s Nazi-Captain America epic “Secret Empire,” each of which challenged readers’ budgets by tying in to numerous books.

In the face of that, perhaps Marvel was being a bit tongue-in-cheek when, in announcing its “Marvel Legacy” campaign last year, it declared “every single series is an event.”

Or maybe it wasn’t.

This week begins “No Surrender,” a three-month-long Avengers story combining the three team books currently being published — “Avengers,” “Uncanny Avengers” and “U.S.Avengers” — into one title shipping weekly, starting with “Avengers” #675. That’s four books a month at $3.99 each.

Mark Waid, Jim Zub and Al Ewing, the regular writers of the three separate titles, will co-write the event, with artists Pepe Larraz, Kim Jacinto and Paco Medina rotating in each month.

Solicit text for “No Surrender” teases all sorts of things — a (re-)disassembling of the Avengers, the arrival of a character named Voyager who has mysteriously been shown carved into the statue of the original team lineup outside their mansion, the destruction of Avengers Mansion, new characters, “shocking returns” (it’s been the season for that at Marvel) and, apparently, the stealing of the Earth. Hopefully, amid all that, there’s room for a cohesive plot.

Granted, “No Surrender” doesn’t qualify as an all-consuming event on the order of “Civil War” or “Civil War II.” In keeping with the vague sense of nostalgia conveyed by the “Legacy” campaign, it harkens more to the intra-family events of the 1990s, when the X-Men books, Spider-Man books and Avengers books largely only crossed over with themselves, a concept that now seems quaint by comparison.

Still, “No Surrender” may be the first big test of the “Legacy” era since the release of “Marvel Legacy” #1 in September, a book my local shop just slashed the price on in a bid to move the dozens of copies it still has left over from its release — a rare over-ordering that speaks volumes to the current status of the industry’s dominant publisher.

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