ALL-NEW ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS #1
With their “Uncanny” and “New” versions failing to impress, I was about ready to put a picture of the Avengers on a milk carton, and writer Mark Waid seems to agree, with Sam Wilson/Falcon/Captain America/FalCap noting, on page eight of this story, that “I don’t think there is an Avengers right now.” And so the cast sets out to fill that void. But the creators take their time, with a third of the characters on the cover not even appearing in this issue. I am not complaining. The villain was a bit of a snooze, but his introduction pointed toward some promising intrigue, and I like this book enough to give it a few issues to deploy all the chess pieces. The characters are distinct, the superheroics are fast-paced, and Adam Kubert’s storytelling and action are first-rate. Plenty of imagination on display, too — after all these years, it is no easy feat to surprise with a new way for Iron Man to get into his armor. Waid’s backup story with artist Mahmud Asrar is also entertaining, with Nova working better here than in his own book, striking sparks with a young Ms. Marvel that I sense will be the heart of this series.
Approachability For New Readers
Fine, as long as you are not expecting the canonical Avengers of ages past (or Jarvis, or the Mansion, or traditional Avengers villains, or …). Greater than the sum-of-its parts, and as this is basically the start of an origin story, I expect it will all prove clear in the end.
Yes. Avengers Assemble!
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