Friday, September 10, 2010

The New Avengers #4

For some reason, I always get nervous when Brian Bendis includes Dr. Strange in a New Avengers storyline.

No doubt a lot of that stems from the fact that he stripped the Doc of his "Sorcerer Supreme" title and left him depowered, just a shadow of his old self.

So now the opening storyline to this "Heroic Age" version of the Avengers is all about magic, and once again it seems the good Doctor is getting roughed up. Last issue's cliffhanger revealed (apparently) that the force behind the ongoing invasion of demons is an old friend of Dr. Strange - one who has been dead for decades.

How he is involved in the story, and why Strange is blamed for the demon invasion of New York - well, that would be telling. It's also a bit troubling that Bendis seems to be making some changes to Strange's career. Maybe.

The art by Stuart Immonen and Wade Von Grawbadger continues to be outstanding - dynamic, powerful stuff.

Like any good story, this one has me on edge. I'm hoping the result is a return to glory for the Doc - but I fear the end result will be the opposite. We'll see.

But so far, despite my fears, I'm enjoying this story.

Grade: A-


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