The Illuminati has been a force for some time in the marvel universe, aka, Earth-616.
Ever since the Kree-Skrull war, smartest men of the Marvel universe have been behind a lot of the major events in the brand’s history, most notably, the Skrull Invasion, and Civil War. Now, with the aftermath of AVX, comes a change of writers from @BRIANMBENDIS (Brian M.. Bendis) to Jonathan Hickman (Hickman is currently writing both “New Avengers” and “Avengers”)
The story starts off with a contest in Wakanda, only to be interrupted by a raging rhino who seems to come from no where, which leads to a parallel universe and the introduction of a lady by the name of: Black Swan. Her powers and importance have yet to be determined, but whatever Black Panther walked in to, he needs the help of Reed Richards, Tony Stark, Namor, Black Bolt, Dr. Stephen Strange…. And Captain America?
I didn’t read any of the side Avx stories, so seeing Captain America was shocking… Not as shocking, however, to see Namor after the events of Avx#8.. Since it’s the first issue, it’s really just to feel out the agenda. This issue works best if you just read what’s in front of you, and don’t try to figure anything out. I have never once read a single issue of anything Black Panther (well, his solo stories) so the first few pages were confusing to me, but, I let it happen. This story feels very much like what Hickman is doing with his run on Avengers. It’s not bad, but one reason I feel Bendis’ run works, is because it all felt grounded or tethered to something going on in each and everyone’s solo story. Much less, that if you were reading a crossover event, it was almost paramount that you checked out one of the ‘Avengers’ books (regular, new, or even dark after secret invasion) to get the full scope of it all.
Steve Epting draws this book and does some inking (Rick Magyar possibly does the bulk, with Frank D’Armata the colour artist) . He is a delight to see in person actually. He really takes the time to get in a lot of detail into his pencil work. I believe this is the first pairing between Hickman and Epting, and so far, it’s pretty decent stuff.
Overall, the pacing was decent and the art is beyond impressive. I’m curious to see how Black Panther can tolerate Namor over his childhood love, Storm, post Avx. Only time will tell.
- Overall rating of the comic: 3 out of 5,
- Art: 4 out of 5,
- layout: 3.5 out of 5,
- True to character dialogue: 3 out of 5,
- Story: 3 out of 5.
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