A new form of Marvel’s Illuminati has assembled for the Marvel NOW! Initiative. These bigwigs of the Marvel Universe have worked behind the scenes of some of Marvel’s biggest events. With the crisis revealed in issue #1, readers now get to see how these power hitters will interact with each other in a landscape affected by all the recent Marvel events, including the bad blood left from AvX. Away we go with a Major Spoilers review…
The New Avengers are the B-team of the real Avengers. If you need proof of their 2nd class status, look to the fact that they are periodically preempted from their own book in favor of general Avengers’ stories when events and cross-overs mandated more “screen time” for the main Avengers. And that’s with Wolverine and Spider-Man on the team. Of course, they’re on every team. Bendis’ treatment of this team has swung wildly between Mary Sue and outright neglect. With Marvel Now! launching, which approach will he use to wrap up their story?
When New Avengers #16.1 arrives in stores, be prepared for the return of Norman Osborn, who is joined by Neal Adams on art. “Every single panel is so filled with life and vitality. The most diehard Neal Adams fans will be blown away because you are seeing things you have not seen from him before,” said Bendis in an interview with Marvel.com. “You will be begging for a Neal Adams Iron Fist book when you see this issue.”
Marvel sent this teaser image to promote Daredevil joining the New Avengers with issue #16. That’s right True Believer, this September courtesy of Marvel Architects Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato, the guardian devil himself finally joins the ranks of Earth’s Mightiest New Avengers #16 is written by Brian Michael Bendis, with art by Mike Deodato. It arrives in September and has a $3.99 cover price. via Marvel
Marvel released a teaser image for New Avengers #14, that features “someone” *cough*BenGrimm*cough* fending off the Serpent’s hammer-wielding army. “The New Avengers will be pushed to the limit by the madness of Fear Itself, to the point where the team will need to redefine itself if it is to survive,” said issue writer, Brian Michael Bendis. “Look for special, life changing sequences for all the teammates…including Squirrel Girl!” New Avengers #14 has a cover price of $3.99 and arrives in July. via Marvel
Or – “Isn’t This Actually New New Avengers?” I’ve previously made clear my reservations about Marvel editorial’s tendency to have more than one character running around with the same name, as well as having a character with MORE THAN ONE name ala Captain Marvel/Marvel Boy/Noh-Varr. My worry with having Avengers and New Avengers running concurrently was that the books would be pretty much indistinguishable other than which jumpsuits were featured in the big splash-pages. Given that this title is apparently going to be sharing personnel with THREE other teams, (possibly more, depending on how one counts) I wasn’t sure how it