As some readers may have noticed from the title, this story is a crossover… of sorts. The story is set firmly within Stargate: SG1’s season 5, but some characters from Marvel Comics’ Young Avengers have been re-imagined to fit into SG1’s continuity.

(This is Young Avengers Volume 1, just for the record – written and drawn by Heinburg and Cheung. Noh-Varr, Kid Loki and America Chavez are collectively Sirs Not Appearing In This Film.)

Young Avengers is a book set in the Marvel 616 universe (the main comic book universe). Volume 1 ran from 2005 to 2007, followed up by Avengers: The Childrens’ Crusade in 2010 – 2011. A new ongoing run (YA Vol. 2) began in January 2013, written by Keiron Gillen and illustrated by Jamie McKelvie.

No knowledge of those runs – or, indeed, any of the Marvel properties – should be necessary to follow along. We’re presenting a mini primer, below, for YA fans unfamiliar with Stargate: SG1, SG1 readers who’d like to know more, and the entirely uninitiated who have so much fun waiting ahead!

The Name The Briefing The Face
Colonel Jack O’Neill Hand-picked by General Hammond to lead the first and flagship off-world team due to his special-ops background and command experience, Jack is a cynical ball of exasperation and despair.
Major Samantha Carter A brilliant theoretical astrophysicist in a man’s world, Sam’s had to be twice as good to get half the credit. She single-handedly hacked the Stargate artifact and wrote the prototype dialing programs that allow Earth to establish contact with other worlds.
Doctor Daniel Jackson The archaeologist and linguist who first broke the Stargate’s code. He speaks 23 languages, many of them dead, and hates the military’s shoot-first tendencies. He spends most of his time acting as a thorn in Jack’s side.
Teal’c In his youth, Teal’c was a brainwashed and devoted servant of Apophis, a Goa’uld System Lord bent on galactic domination. Jack O’Neill and SG1 freed him from Apophis’ mind control, and Teal’c has thrown his lot in with the people of Earth. Very little surprises him at this point.
Nirrti, Goa’uld System Lord A member of a symbiotic alien race known as the Goa’uld. The snake-like parasites possess bipedal hosts, supressing the will and identity of the original owner of the body. Niirti’s driving goal has been the creation of Hoktars, super-powered humans, to use as hosts for herself and her progeny.
The Name Marvel 616 Stargate: SG1
Teddy Altman/Hulkling
As a Young Avenger in the Marvel 616 universe, Hulkling is the shape-shifting, super-strong son of former Avenger Captain Mar-Vell. He is half-Kree, half-Skrull, and almost entirely alone in the world. Lieutenant Theodore Altman is a good soul, looking for something to believe in, and somewhere to belong.
Eli Bradley/Patriot
The grandson of Isaiah Bradley, the first Captain America, 616’verse Patriot fought as a Young Avenger to honour his grandfather’s forgotten legacy. Lieutenant Eli Bradley has a commission, he has the posting his hard work deserves, and he has a system to change, from the inside out.
William of Genosha (Billy Kaplan)/Wiccan:
Young Avengers Wiccan and Speed are the twin sons of the Scarlet Witch, and Wiccan inherited their mother’s reality-warping powers. He’s still trying to figure out what it all means. William of Genosha. [spoiler redacted]
Katherine (Kate Bishop)/Hawkeye:
Hawkeye has no powers, some training, and the strength of will to overcome all of that and fight alongside Earth 616’s mightiest heroes as one of their own. Katherine (Kate), also of Genosha. [spoiler redacted]

(And more to come!)