Avengers: The Initiative is a comic book series from Marvel Comics. Written by Dan Slott with artwork by Stefano Caselli, the series deals with the aftermath of Marvel's Civil War crossover. (It should not be confused with "The Initiative", a banner running across Marvel books from February 2007 to May 2007, similar to Marvel's earlier Decimation banner after the House of M event, or the Civil War: The Initiative special by Brian Michael Bendis). A preview of the title was shown in Civil War: The Initiative
The series was originally solicited as a six issue limited series, but prior to the publication of the first issue, Marvel announced that this had changed and that Avengers: The Initiative would instead be an ongoing series, becoming the third regularly published 'Avengers' title from 2007 onwards, after the New Avengers and the Mighty Avengers.
In the aftermath of the Civil War, the pro-registration side stands victorious and has launched the 50 States Initiative which calls for one S.H.I.E.L.D. sponsored super team for each state. The series will focus on the training facility located at Camp Hammond, in Stamford, Connecticut. In addition the series will explore the people on those line ups and the unique situations that come with these new locations. Each issue will reveal more about the teams from each state. It will also show these teams adapting and growing through different situations.
The first story arc deals with a group of young heroes that have been sent to 'Hero Boot Camp' in Stamford, Connecticut, the site of the explosion that launched the whole civil war. The group consists of the young heroes MVP, Cloud 9, Armory, and Trauma, as well as their drill-sergeant, Gauntlet.