Appearing in "They Can't Ever Win. They Can't Afford To Lose."
- The Shield's Hel-Rangers
- Commander Abigail Brand (Main story and flashback)
- Leah (First appearance)
- Vitruvian Man (Leo da Vinci)
- Endless Summers Legion (Name first revealed)
- Major Summers (First appearance)
- Unnamed clones (First appearance)
- 🢐 Lady Katherine of Bishop (Joins group)
- 🢐 Ms. America (America Chavez) (Joins group)
- The Thing (Ben Grimm) (First appearance) (Main story and flashback)
- 🢐 Kang the Conqueror (Nathaniel Richards) (Joins group)
- Zombie Giant Ant-Men (First and only known appearance)
- Ultron Drones (Only in flashback)
- Annihilation Wave (Mentioned)
- Ord (First and only known appearance; dies) (Only in flashback)
- God Emperor Doom (Victor von Doom) (Mentioned)
- Pym-Phalanx (Mentioned)
- Commander Fury (Mentioned)
- Magik (Illyana Rasputina) (Mentioned)
- Beast (Hank McCoy) (Mentioned)
- Hulks of Greenland (Mentioned)
- Thanos (Mentioned)
Races and Species:
- Mutant-Alien Hybrids (Main story and flashback)
- Hulks (Mentioned)
- Robots (Only in flashback)
- Technarchy (Only in flashback)
- Titanian Eternals (Mentioned)
- Earth-15513 (Main story and flashback)
- Battleworld (Main story and flashback)
Synopsis for "They Can't Ever Win. They Can't Afford To Lose."
- Synopsis not yet written
THEY CAN’T EVER WIN. THEY CAN’T AFFORD TO LOSE.
• THE SHIELD is the only thing that protects the more civilized areas of Battleworld from the ZOMBIE HORDES, DEATH MACHINES, AND ANNIHILATION WAVES.
• Anyone who annoys Doom gets sent to The Shield. Anyone who gets sent to the Shield deals with ABIGAIL BRAND.
• Miss America, Lady Katherine, Kang the Conqueror, Leah Shieldmen, the Endless Summers Company, Leonardo Da Vinci and a cast of thousands will fight to the death to keep Battleworld safe. But don’t worry, Kieron Gillen is writing this book, so I’m sure everything will end happily for everyone.
• “Imagine NextWave as a tragedy,” says Kieron, if anyone asks him about it.