Saturday, November 13, 2010

The New Avengers #6

As the first story arc for the New Avengers wraps up with this issue, I find myself feeling somewhat conflicted.

There's a lot to like about this comic. Stuart Immonen and Wade Von Grawbadger continue to create amazing artwork as they offer a different version of strange dimensions and the creatures that live there.

Brian Bendis' story is also compelling and fun to read - even if it does resort to the hoary "death of a main character in this comic" stunt. I think the problem I have with the story is that it doesn't play by the rules.

The New Avengers are forced to fight the incredibly powerful other-dimensional being known as Agamatto, so they use magic to combine their powers into one hero, using Wolverine as the host.

What follows is a terrific battle, but the good guys don't exactly play fair - which is excusable since all of reality is on the line - but it doesn't really seem right, especially when the set-up to the story tells us one thing, and then the rules fly out the window when it's convenient.

But those problems didn't hurt my enjoyment of the comic, and it's interesting to see the efforts to redefine magic and its rules. (Of course, with magic, there are no rules. Or at least few.)

But this has been a strong storyline to kick off this rebooted series. I can't wait to see where it all goes from here.

Grade: A-


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