(Victor Valley)– Spinning out of Marvel’s crossover event, Secret Wars, the world is still spinning. With some many different spin offs from the Avengers, it is revealed that there is no one, definitive Avengers team right now. This book aims to change that with the All-New, All-Different Avengers.
By looking at the cover, that’s an appropriate tag line. Sure, the big three are present: Tony Stark as Iron Man, Jane Foster as Thor and Falcon as Captain America. Joining them (eventually) is Vision, Nova, the new Ms. Marvel and Miles Morales, the Ultimate Spider-Man. Now, for me, that sounds like a great team- a mix of the old and new.
Mark Waid pens this tale that shows us how Cap, Iron Man and Miles Morales come together to face a Ctuari juggernaut of a warlord. Waid takes the shots for readers who are bound to still be upset that the Falcon is Cap with terrific results. We also see one of the coolest vehicle transformations I have personally seen in a comic book, as Stark’s flying car transforms into the massive Hulkbuster armor- such an amazing scene. With the second story in book, we see the first meeting between the new Ms. Marvel and Sam Alexander, the current Nova. Since both are teens still trying to find their place in the world, we get some fantastic dialogue, both spoken and internal, that shows we are in for some great chemistry with this book.
The artwork is provided by Adam Kubert for the first story, and Mahmud Asrar for the Ms. Marvel/Nova; I’m a fan of both artists, and both fit their respective stories to a T. Kubert is a household name at Marvel, and once again creates a visually entertaining first issue. I love Asrar’s style, especially when addressing the newer heroes- it has an almost animated feel to it, and is a welcome addition to the Avengers.
I am glad I took a shot on this book: it was fun, entertaining and gave us just enough to be left wanting more. I love this roster, and I think we are in for some excellent stories by Waid, Kubert and Asrar. It’s hard to pick what new #1 Marvel issues to stick with for the long haul, but this is on that list for me.
Rating: 4 out of 5. I can’t wait for the Avengers to assemble once again.