Saturday, January 19, 2013

New Avengers #2

Marvel Comics, as a general rule, are beloved for their high-flying action sequences.

Don't buy this issue if that's what you're looking for, because the only action appears in brief flashback and flashforward scenes.

You should buy the issue, however, if you're looking for an intelligent, challenging and riveting science fiction tale.

In the first issue of the Jonathan Hickham version of the New Avengers, the Black Panther stumbled on a chilling scene, as a woman named the Black Swan destroyed a nearby planet.

Realizing that the entire planet is in danger, T'Challa assembles the Illuminati (and the newest Avengers incarnation) - Black Bolt, Namor, Mr. Fantastic, Iron Man, Captain America and Dr. Strange.

What follows is a clever analysis of the true threat - and the terrible decisions that may face the group.

The art is by Steve Epting is excellent - dark, foreboding and yet very attractive. It's tough to make a story visually interesting when it's mostly about characters sitting around talking, but he does a terrific job, jumping from cosmic concepts to face-to-face confrontations effortlessly.

This comic is very different from the usual super-hero team story, and all the better for it. Hickman is really pushing the boundaries of super-hero stories here, and the result is an epic story on a cosmic scale.

It's going to be interesting to follow along.

Highly recommended!

Grade: A-


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