Written by: Al Ewing
Penciler: Greg Land
Inker: Jay Leisten
Colorist: Frank D’Armata
Published by: Marvel Comics
When I saw the announcement for yet another Avengers title I was less than thrilled. That was until I saw Luke Cage on the cover. Though he’s never been my favorite character, I’ve always enjoyed reading him and enjoyed the balance he’s brought to the teams he’s on. Though still not thrilled for the book, I picked it up just to see what Luke’s up to these days and how Thanos’s Infinity Invasion has affected him.
The opening scene of our story finds Cage and co. beating up a random group of baddies. He’s restarted his mercenary business and it seems he and his crew are unfulfilled by their Heroes for Hire business. Queue the Thanos invasion to throw some kindling on the fire!
What Mr. Ewing is attempting here is a street level view of the invasion. While we don’t see much progression of those events in the book, what Ewing has given us is a fun ‘origin’ story for the new group. We get some bickering, some ass kicking, and a really sweet mystery. (I hope I’m not the only one that’s picking up issue #2 to see who the Splendiferous Spider Hero is!)
The art in this book is solid, but it doesn’t blow me away at all. That being said, it was still very clean and colorful. The Infinity event is full of some really heavy stuff, so I’m hoping to see how the art team does once we get into a little bit more emotional material. All-in-all, I’ll give it a solid B.
Though I’m still not sold on yet another Avengers book, I’ll stick with this one for a couple more issues. Ewing has the fun aspect nailed down; it’ll be interesting to me to see how he’ll handle the more serious material. Even if I don’t get my wish, at least I’ll get a couple of fun, new Luke Cage stories!
2.5 out of 5 nerds