Monday, July 16, 2012

New Avengers #28

Since the Phoenix Force has empowered five of the X-Men, the Avengers find themselves outgunned - and several have been imprisoned.

So what better topic for this issue of New Avengers than a jail break story?

The focus is on three Avengers - Luke Cage, Hawkeye and Spider-Woman, as they plot their escape.

Kudos to writer Brian Bendis for taking a hoary topic - a prison escape - and giving it a different spin, thanks largely to the characters involved.

The art by Mike Deodato is impressive - especially for his use of shadows to set the mood.

I can't say much about the issue without giving too much away, but this is a strong story that manages to fit around the edges of the big Avengers vs. X-Men series.

It does seem a bit odd that the New Avengers series seems to have dropped the whole Iron Fist plotline that's been dominating for the past few issues.

Perhaps it's moving over to the A vs. X series? Time will tell.

Grade: B+


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