Written by: Johnathan Hickman
Artist: Mike Deodato
Colors: Frank Martin
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover art: Mike Deodato & Marte Graci
Published by Marvel Comics
What if the fate of our world was decided by a handful of people in a secluded room? Not only is that reality in New Avengers, but their decisions affect other worlds and universes too!
Admittedly when I first heard about the Illuminati being the focal point of this book, I wasn’t at all excited for it. Something about it just seemed generic. Being a big fan of Black Panther though, I decided to pick up the book just to see how they handled the character. My efforts were rewarded with a book that’s not only thoughtful, but is refreshing in that it’s based less on action and more on decision-making on the grandest of scopes!
New Avengers #8 finds our team dealing with the incursions that have threatened our world, but haven’t fixed the problem (Like a doctor who treats the symptoms, but does nothing to cure the disease!), and the people of Wakanda and Atlantis are on the verge of an all-out war!
Hickman is doing what he does best, throwing kindling on the fire to build towards something much bigger. This is a prelude to the upcoming Infinity event, and I can’t help but think Hickman is going to be a big part of it. This book has a little bit of everything, but to me, what really shines is the human emotion that comes in to play when difficult choices need to be made.
The art in this book is solid, but at times it’s just a shade too dark for me. All-in-all that’s just a nit-picky complaint on my part, as Mike Deodato does a terrific job conveying the emotional strain that some of our heroes are out through.
This is definitely what I deem a ‘set-up’ issue. It builds towards this huge event Marvel is doing, but does it in a way that doesn’t make me feel like I just wasted $4 on a filler issue. It’s a terrific series that’s pretty light on action, but high on conflict and emotion. I’d definitely recommend it for someone that’s looking for a different kind of Avengers title!
4 out of 5 nerds