Marvel Now: New Avengers #1

The Illuminati has been a force for some time in the marvel universe, aka, Earth-616.

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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”)

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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.

Rating:

  • 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.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful. Enjoy your Week!

Marvel Comics App Code (FOR THIS ISSUE)

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THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Avx #7

So… No more Avengers right?

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Cyclops, Namor Magik, Emma Frost, and Colossus have all hit and laid siege upon different Avenger “bases” (headquarters if you will) from the tower, to the mansion, to the Avenger Academy (and anything else I’m missing), following what Cyclops said, “No more Avengers”. Where ever Magik is, is where action starts, and all while everyone is fighting, Tony Stark is back in Wakanda studying the effects of her powers against the Magik to see how to beat the PHX.5. Avengers start to be on the losing side, so trying to make an escape plan & trying to buy his team more time, Hawkeye goes off and gets a piece of Emma Frost. He’s set on fire. The avengers and X-men both leave the fight, X-men taking Hawkeye as prisoner knowing they can heal him. Back at Wakanda, Black Panther “bitch” slaps Stark who is trying to create something that will allow himself to die if his plan fails. Dr. Strange and the rest of the Avengers devise a plan to appear like Wanda Maximoff if ever needed. Which it is, in another battle the Avengers take one of the X-men known as “Transonic”. And with 2 simple words Wanda, Makes Namor “Go Away” back on utopia, Namor and Cyclops exchange words, which leads to Emma Frost informing him that The Avengers are in Wakanda, who are planing on leaving to go to the mystical realm of Kun-Lung, when a great wall of water shrouds Wakanda. “WAR” shouts Namor… To Be continued.

Well, as much as I like Matt Fraction, this issue really didn’t feel right. Yes things are still crazy, but it just didn’t feel he got anyone right besides Tony Stark. It’s also kinda pointless what happens to Hawkeye,  actually a lot of it is pointless. It just feels like after the last issue there should be WAY more fights happening. More “chaos” more Avengers versus X-men. I don’t know Fraction to be boring, but it just felt that way, not even Fear Itself was this bad (However I really enjoyed it.. Even though it was RANDOM as hell). Maybe this issue is plagued by having tie in issues to fill in the gaps. One upside is the convo with Stark and T’challa.

Oliver Copiel. I may have hyped his art work a bit, though still very impressive for what it is, it just misses til the last two pages. It may be the placement/use of the panels/frames but something was off. Thankfully, it’s not dreadful, it just doesn’t have the same flair as it usually does. I remember at Fanexpo one year, he said that they finally have him drawing things he likes to draw, and that was around the “Siege” event (So was Soca Explosion 3 folks), so maybe that’s the issue with his work in this one. To further explain it, picture a movie with a lot of quick edits.

Ps. Matt Fraction explained a little what the whole Namor Emma Frost thing was and he basically said it was a long time coming since his uncanny X-men stint, and it’s why he added Namor to the team. So I’ll go out on a limb and say that is issue holds more meaning if you’re an X-men fan.

Enjoy your day,
Rating:
  • Overall rating of the comic: 3 out of 5
  • Art:  3.2 out of 5
  • layout*: 2 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 3 out of 5
  • Story: 2.7 out of 5

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW