Independent publisher AWA will publish a collection of the first chapters of the various series in its shared universe The Resistance, which was created by J. Michael Straczynski. The Resistance Universe: The Origins will include the first volume of The Resistance, by Straczynski and artist Mike Deodato Jr., which sets up the premise of the shared universe: A worldwide pandemic kills millions of people, but as fear leads to the rise of fascism, some of the survivors begin to develop superpowers.

In addition, the 368-page collected edition will include The Resistance: Reborns, by Straczynski and artist C.P. Smith, which reveals the origin stories of five of the characters in the universe, and the first chapters of several more stories: The Resistance Uprising #1, by Straczynski and Smith; Moths #1, by Straczynski and artist Mike Choi; E-Ratic #1 and E-Ratic: Recharged #1, both by Kaare Andrews; Knighted #1, by writer Gregg Hurwitz and artist Mark Texeira; and The Joneses #1, by writer Michael Moreci and artist Alessandro Vitti. The book will also have new cover art and a foreword by Straczynski and will go on sale on December 7 with an MSRP of $19.99.

The Resistance was originally launched in March 2020 (see “AWA Launches Shared Superhero Universe with ‘The Resistance’”).