Saturday, June 1, 2013

New Avengers #6

Heroes can face many kinds of challenges, but typically that takes the form of some kind of antagonist - a bad guy.

But the new version of the New Avengers is facing something very different - an (apparently) natural event that threatens to destroy more than one Earth.

For mysterious (and cosmic) reasons, Earths from alternate dimensions have been threatening the existence of "our" Earth. These alternate Earths encroach on our dimension, and the result is the destruction of both planets - unless something happens to destroy one of the Earths.

That's the dilemma facing the members of the Illuminati - Black Panther, Iron Man, Mr. Fantastic, Namor, Black Bolt, Dr. Strange and the Beast. Will they be forced to destroy the inhabitants of an alternate Earth to save their own?

The story by Jonathan Hickman is thoughtful and intense and loaded with smart characters and loads of mysteries.

The art by Steve Epting and Rick Magyar is terrific - dark and personal, but right at home with big, cosmic events - great characters, great expressions, very cinematic.

This really isn't for young readers, but not because of "adult" material - it's just working with concepts that might be too challenging for young readers.

But for those willing to put their intelligence to work - oh, the rewards!

Even if there isn't a bad guy to punch in the face.

Grade: A


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