Avengers Finale #1 (Jan. 2005)
by Brian Michael Bendis, David Finch, Alex Maleev, Steve Epting, etc.

Avengers Finale #1

Medium: comic

Cover date: Jan. 2005

Publisher: Marvel
Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: David Finch, Alex Maleev, Steve Epting, Lee Weeks, Michael Gaydos, Eric Powell, Darick Robertson, Mike Mayhew, David Mack, Gary Frank, Michael Avon Oeming, Jim Cheung, Steve McNiven, George Pérez, Danny Miki, Mike Perkins, Mark Morales

63 characters in this story:

(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Pub. #
Captain America Captain America (Steve Rogers) hero
CBR Scale: I Protestant
Redeemers; Secret Defenders...  Marvel Timely 5,992
Iron Man Iron Man (Tony Stark) hero
CBR Scale: I futurist; technophile; mostly secular; sometimes prays; Alcoholics Anonymous
Force Works; Illuminati...  Marvel 5,673
Giant-Man Hank Pym hero scientist
CBR Scale: U atheist
Commission on Superhuman Activities; Secret Defenders...  Marvel 1,543
The Beast The Beast (Hank McCoy) hero scientist
CBR Scale: ICBR Scale: S Episcopalian; agnostic
Academy of Tomorrow; Brotherhood of Mutants...  Marvel 5,233
The Wasp The Wasp (Janet van Dyne) hero
CBR Scale: U Dutch Reformed (nominal); atheist
Lady Liberators; The Avengers...  Marvel 1,339
Wonder Man Wonder Man (Simon Williams) hero
CBR Scale: I religious
Force Works; Galactic Guardians...  Marvel 788
Falcon Falcon (Sam Wilson) hero
CBR Scale: S Baptist
black; SHIELD Super-Agents...  Marvel 531
Captain Marvel Warbird (Carol Danvers) hero
CBR Scale: I Protestant
Operation: Lightning Storm (leader); Starjammers...  Marvel 784
She-Hulk She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters)
CBR Scale: I Christian (denomination
unknown) - nominal
Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg-ampersand-Holliway; Heroes for Hire...  Marvel 952
Edwin Jarvis Edwin Jarvis supporting character
CBR Scale: U Anglican
The Avengers (staff) Marvel 669
Lionheart Captain Britain (Kelsey Leigh) hero
  Captain Britain Corps; The Avengers Marvel 26
Thor Thor (Donald Blake) hero deity
CBR Scale: D Norse/Teutonic deity
Asgardian; Cosmic Avengers...  Marvel 4,362
Scarlet Witch Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff) hero
CBR Scale: M Gypsy/Roma; ethnic half Jewish; sorceress
A-Next; Brotherhood of Mutants...  Marvel 1,624
Quicksilver Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff) villain hero
CBR Scale: I Gypsy/Roma; ethnic half Jewish; sometimes mutant supremacist
Brotherhood of Mutants; The Avengers...  Marvel 944
Hawkeye Hawkeye (Clint Barton) hero
CBR Scale: U Christian (denomination
Chain Gang; The Avengers...  Marvel 1,515
Black Widow Black Widow (Natasha Romanova) hero
CBR Scale: I Russian Orthodox Communist (lapsed)
Lady Liberators; Marvel Knights...  Marvel 1,789
Vision Vision hero
CBR Scale: MCBR Scale: I synthezoid; Catholic (temporary)
A-Next; Galactic Guardians...  Marvel 1,393
Hercules Hercules hero deity
CBR Scale: D Greco-Roman classical religion
Heroes for Hire; Olympian...  DC Marvel 1,029
Captain Marvel Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell) hero
CBR Scale: S Kree religion
[former captain of Kree star fleet]
Marvel 142
Black Panther Black Panther (T'Challa)
(2-panel cameo)
hero clergy/religious leader
CBR Scale: M African primal-indigenous
religion; Black Panther Cult
black; Fantastic Force...  Marvel 786
The Hulk The Hulk (Bruce Banner)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 15-16) 
hero scientist
CBR Scale: I Catholic (lapsed)
Hulkbusters; Pantheon...  Marvel 4,551
The Sub-Mariner The Sub-Mariner (Namor)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 20)
CBR Scale: S Atlantean Greco-Roman
classical religion
Atlantean; Dark X-Men...  Marvel 1,864
Human Torch Human Torch (Johnny Storm)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 23-24)
CBR Scale: I Episcopalian
Fantastic Five; Fantastic Force...  Marvel 4,393
Black Knight Black Knight (Dane Whitman)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 27)
CBR Scale: S Christian (medieval)
Excalibur; Heroes for Hire...  Marvel 430
Photon Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 28)
  black; Nextwave...  Marvel 256
A-Bomb Rick Jones
(1-panel cameo, pg. 20)
supporting character
  Loners (founder); The Avengers (honorary member)...  Marvel 572
Moonstone Moonstone (Karla Sofen)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 28)
villain hero
CBR Scale: U Buddhist
Dark Avengers; Femizons...  Marvel 235
Citizen V Baron Zemo (Helmut Zemo)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 27-28)
villain hero
  Redeemers; The Masters of Evil...  Marvel 142
Goliath (Erik Josten)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 27-28)
villain hero
  Emissaries of Evil (Egghead); Initiative...  Marvel 197
Wrecker Wrecker (Dirk Garthwaite)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 27)
  Hood's Army; Lethal Legion...  Marvel 190
Piledriver Piledriver (Brian Calusky)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 27)
  Hood's Army; The Masters of Evil...  Marvel 137
Thunderball Thunderball (Eliot Franklin)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 28)
villain scientist
  black; Hood's Army...  Marvel 151
Firestar Firestar (Angelica Jones)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 30)
CBR Scale: I Catholic
Hellions; Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends...  NBC Marvel 338
Justice Justice (Vance Astrovik)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 30)
CBR Scale: S Jewish (half)
Counter Force; Initiative: Camp Hammond (staff)...  Marvel 291
Skrulls Skrulls
(1-panel cameo, pg. 19-20)
villain group
CBR Scale: R Skrull religion
[alien race] Marvel 344
Human Torch Human Torch (Jim Hammond)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 20)
CBR Scale: I N.A.
Heroes for Hire; Penance Council...  Marvel Timely 497
Tiger Shark Tiger Shark (Todd Arliss)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 27-28)
  Deep Six; Hood's Army...  Marvel 112
Thanos Thanos
(1-panel cameo, pg. 23-24)
CBR Scale: M occult; nihilist; worships Death
Eternals of Titan; Infinity Watch Marvel 306
Ultron Ultron
(1-panel cameo, pg. 30)
  Lethal Legion; The Masters of Evil Marvel 459
Absorbing Man Absorbing Man (Crusher Creel)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 27-28)
CBR Scale: I temporarily became follower of
The Masters of Evil Marvel 270
Titania Titania (Skeeter MacPherran)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 27)
  Femizons; The Frightful Four...  Marvel 100
Doctor Druid Doctor Druid (Anthony Ludgate)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 27)
CBR Scale: M Druidism (plus Tibetan Buddhism)
Secret Defenders (leader); Shock Troop (leader)...  Marvel 151
Yellowjacket Yellowjacket (Rita DeMara)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 28)
villain hero
  Femizons; Guardians of the Galaxy...  Marvel 63
Mister Hyde Mister Hyde (Calvin Zabo)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 28)
villain scientist
  Hood's Army; The Masters of Evil Marvel 143
The Mighty Destroyer The Mighty Destroyer (Keen Marlow)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 20)
  [German underground] Marvel Timely 61
Supreme Intelligence Supreme Intelligence
(1-panel cameo, pg. 20)
CBR Scale: U Kree religion
[ruler of the Kree Empire] Marvel 120
Blazing Skull Blazing Skull (Mark Anthony Todd)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 20)
  The Defenders; The Invaders Marvel Timely 34
Blackout Blackout (Marcus Daniels)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 28)
  Hood's Army; The Masters of Evil Marvel 19
The Vision The Vision (Aarkus)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 20) 
CBR Scale: I alien
Battle-Axis; The Invaders Marvel 46
Korvac Korvac (Michael Korvac)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 21-22)
  Intimidators (leader); Prime Mover's minions
[born 2977 A.D.; would-be universal conqueror]
Marvel 17
Ant-Man Ant-Man (Scott Lang)
(mentioned & on cover, pg. 32, panel 1) 
villain hero
CBR Scale: S repentant
A-Next; Heroes for Hire...  Marvel 120
Professor X Professor X (Charles Xavier)
(mentioned, pg. 9, panel 1) 
hero scientist
CBR Scale: S religious
Brotherhood of Mutants; Genoshan Excalibur...  Marvel 4,999
Magneto Magneto (Erik Magnus Lehnsherr)
(mentioned, pg. 9, panel 1) 
villain hero scientist
CBR Scale: S Jewish; Gypsy/Roma
Brotherhood of Mutants; Genoshan Excalibur...  Marvel 916
Mockingbird Mockingbird (Bobbi Morse)
(mentioned, pg. 32, panel 6) 
  S.H.I.E.L.D.; The Avengers... 
[was Hawkeye's wife]
Marvel 293
Marrina Marrina (Marrina Smallwood)
(mentioned, pg. 32, panel 11) 
CBR Scale: M alien
Alpha Flight; Beta Flight...  Marvel 64
Kree Kree
(mentioned, pg. 10, panel 3) 
supporting character group
CBR Scale: S Kree religion
[alien race] Marvel 238
Swordsman Swordsman (Jacques Duquesne)
(mentioned, pg. 32, panel 5) 
villain hero
  Batroc's Brigade; Emissaries of Evil (Egghead)...  Marvel 73
Thunderstrike Thunderstrike (Eric Masterson)
(mentioned, pg. 32, panel 12) 
CBR Scale: U Christian (denomination
Secret Defenders; The Avengers...  Marvel 191
Gilgamesh Gilgamesh
(mentioned, pg. 32, panel 10) 
CBR Scale: S Eternals religion
Eternals; The Avengers Marvel 51
Jack of Hearts Jack of Hearts (Jonathan Hart)
(mentioned, pg. 32, panel 4) 
  The Avengers; The Defenders Marvel 144
Whizzer Whizzer (Bob Frank)
(mentioned, pg. 32, panel 8) 
  Liberty Legion; Penance Council...  Timely Marvel 108
The Two-Gun Kid The Two-Gun Kid (Matthew Liebowitz)
(mentioned, pg. 32, panel 9) 
CBR Scale: I Jewish
E.D.I.T.; Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg-ampersand-Holliway...  Marvel 286
The Beatles The Beatles
(mentioned, pg. 16) 
group real/historical person
CBR Scale: S Transcendental Meditation
[musical group] Associated Television 114

Note that much of this issue consists of flashbacks, as a small group of Avengers gather in the ruins of the Avenger Mansion and recall some of their most memorable, favorite, and proudest moments from Avengers history. Character listings above do not denote whether or not character appearances are flashbacks, but most are. The characters who gather in the present are: Hank Pym, Wasp, Captain America, Jarvis, Falcon, Wonder Man, Beast, Iron Man, Jennifer Walters (She-Hulk), Warbird (Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Ms. Marvel), Captain Britain (Kelsey Leigh), and (briefly) Quicksilver.

This is the epilogue to the historic "Avengers Dissembled" storyline that brought the long-running Avengers series to an end. (The Avengers franchise would continue soon thereafter in the a new series titled: New Avengers).

There is no issue number on the cover of this publication. This might be considered Avengers Finale (a one-shot publication), or Avengers Finale #1.

An extensive list of artists worked on this issue. The story features numerous two-page spreads created by various artists or artistic teams.