Sunday, March 24, 2013

New Avengers #4

Just four issues in and we're already in the deep end of the pool.

This series could just as easily be called "The Illuminati," as it features the handful of heroes who have appointed themselves as the guardians of the Earth.

They're facing a monstrous decision as a mysterious event is causing Earths from alternate dimensions (or is it alternate realities?) to collide. The only way to avoid destruction is to destroy the other planet - but at what cost?

The members of the Illuminati are determined to find a way to protect the planet, but can they devise a solution in time - and will they be willing to enact it, at the cost of billions of lives?

Adding to the tension is the appearance of the world-devouring Galactus, who presents another interesting challenge to the team - do they allow him to consume the other Earth, or will they fight to protect both worlds while trying to find another solution?

It's a big cosmic story by Jonathan Hickman, and I have no idea how it's all going to be resolved - which is half the fun. I'm also enjoying the characterization of the team, from the Black Panther's stoicism to Namor's delight in their impending (possible) destruction - it's wonderful to see these characters so well defined.

Steve Epting's art is perfect for the story, from world-shattering confrontations to quiet and chilling dark moments with Dr. Strange.

It's an outstanding story and, frankly, I can't wait to see where it goes next!

Grade: A


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's soooooo good.