Or – “A Bunch Of Guys Versus… Another Bunch Of Guys.” One of the charges I often hear leveled against Brian Bendis is that tendency to take a random group of characters and throw them together regardless of logic or established characterization. Heck, the New Avengers themselves fit this trope, and now Simon “Wonder Man” Williams has returned with a grudge and an eclectic team of “Revengers” to bring down his former pals…
Or – “Don’t Let The Cover Fool You…” During Secret Invasion, I complained voraciously that the titles related to the big storyline (basically all four of the then-extant Avengers books) were put on hold for the duration of the big crossover madness, running stories that deepened Secret Invasion, but weren’t truly stand-alone issues in their own right. New crossover time is upon us… Are we in the same boat?
Or – “They Really Kind Of Are The Defenders, Aren’t They?” New Avengers started out with tons of potential and a roster of pretty cool heroes (and Ms. Marvel.) Things went downhill quickly with the murder of Doctor Voodoo in the name of cool cliffhangers, and we seemingly now have the team in the particularly silly role of ‘proactive superhero strikeforce’ that we’ve seen so often (and that I’ve only seen work once.) How does this issue stack up?
Cage’s Avengers have started to come into their own as a group, but can the team handle a mortally wounded Mockingbird on their first real mission together? Also, what was Fury putting together back in the late 1950’s? Find out after the jump.
Or – “I Think I’ve Read This Retcon Before?” I think that the worst part about any shared universe is the tendency to tie TOO MANY things together, to wrap up loose ends that aren’t really loose in what seems to be the pursuit of a complete history. The latest attempt at doing so was in the Ultimate Universe, where literally EVERYONE seems to be part of the Super Soldier Project, from Samuel L. Fury to Richard Parker all the way down to the guy who runs the Thing’s favorite delicatessen. There comes a point where tie-ins actually collapse the
Or – “One Of Those Heroes Would Die… I Don’t Know That Anyone Was Truly Surprised By Their Choice.” In the wake of magical war, the world is without a Sorcerer Supreme, and the New Avengers are at the center of it all. With Doctor Strange in their midst, will the team be able to defend the world against mystical menaces from beyond, or are we all doomed?
Or – “Bendis And Luke Cage Sittin’ In A Tree! Kay Aie Ess Aitch Something-Something TEE!” The New Avengers had barely settled into their new digs in Avengers Mansion when the crazy came a-callin’. Someone or someTHING has taken out Daimon Hellstrom, Jericho Drumm and Stephen Stragne, a trio of the most powerful mystics in the known worlds, and that unknown presence now wants the Eye of Agamotto, currently in the possession of the New Avengers. Of course, ‘possession’ is the operant word here, as the thing from another world has taken over the body of Luke Cage to get