Thursday, August 19, 2010

New Avengers #3

Every good Avengers writer has to give us a demon invasion at some point, and here Brian Bendis gets it out of his system.

The mysterious demon that possessed Dr. Strange, Son of Satan, Luke Cage and Iron Fist has made off with the Eye of Agamotto, the key weapon of Earth's Sorcerer Supreme.

As a result, an army of demons is invading our world, and the sky has turned to blood. Of course, that means the New Avengers have lots of opponents to hit, and the action moves along fast and furious.

At the same time, Iron Fist finds himself in another dimension, and comes face to face with the mysterious figure behind these events - all of which makes for a surprising final page.

You definitely get the sense that Bendis is reworking the ground rules of magic in the Marvel Universe - so we'll see how that goes.

The art in this series continues to be outstanding, as Stuart Immonen and Wade Von Grawbadger continue to outdo themselves. From huge splash pages to mystic settings, from humor to all-out action, their work is terrific.

For some reason I always get worried when Bendis writes a magic-based story, but so far, this one has been all kinds of fun.

Grade: A-


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