Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Simone Bianchi
Published by Marvel Comics
We’re still fresh off the heels of a gigantic event in Infinity but Jonathan Hickman is using New Avengers to show us that the Builders and Thanos were merely the tip of the iceberg. With infinite universes and infinite Earths, it’s inevitable that the Illuminati will run into a group of themselves that are better prepared for incursions than they are. To keep an eye on things, Reed Richards builds a bridge that allows him to see into the infinite parallel universes. In doing so, he sees something that may change the way we view what’s really going on with all of these incursions…
How brilliant is Jonathan Hickman? As large as Infinity felt, I have the sneaking suspicion that we haven’t seen anything yet. This issue was technically a tie-in to Inhumanity but there are much bigger things in play here. Without giving away too much in the world of spoilers, we see an alternate-universe group of the Illuminati get absolutely DESTROYED by a force unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Just as New Avengers was a main launch point for Infinity, it is again shaping a much bigger storyline for the entire Marvel Universe.
With great storytelling comes great responsibility…on the artist of the book that is. It would be absolutely tragic if the art in a book that’s so beautifully written couldn’t stack up to the story; thankfully that’s not even remotely the case (nor has it ever been) in New Avengers. My favorite panels of the book were, without question, the couple of pages featuring Doctor Strange. He’s undoubtedly up to something and his journey is not only interesting, but absolutely beautiful to look at.
New Avengers is one of, if not the most important book being put out at Marvel right now; for that reason alone you should be reading it. If not for the importance of it, you should be reading it for the insanely high quality it is month in and month out. It was so much fun seeing how ideas planted in this series fleshed out in Infinity and now that it’s over, it’s your chance to experience that feeling for yourself with whatever Hickman is planning now!
4.5 out of 5 nerds