by Nick Walden, CMRO Contributing Writer
The New Avengers
Written by Brian Michael Bendis, Art by Mike Deodato Jr.
Published: May 2012
You should really read this one before Avengers #24. If you go vice versa you might get a bit pissed off. In this side of things we have a lot of action and twists going on. Luke Cage is trying to protect his baby, the Avengers go looking for Victoria Hand, and the Dark Avengers show up and it’s a party!
Really I applaud Brian Bendis for this one because the plot is great. We get inside Osborn’s mind a bit more to understand why he is doing what he is doing. Finally we get more background on his anger with Luke Cage and his teams own motivations. The only downside I have found is with Cage himself as the leader. They keep making him seem incapable of being a true leader. Much like Hawkeye used to be in a bad position in the old WCA, Cage is always putting his needs first and he seems like he would be a better loner character versus a leader. With the history of the Avengers is just seems a bit silly that the team would allow Luke to be the leader when he is so bad at it.
Maybe Bendis is just having a love affair with Cage or is having a hard time focusing his character. I don’t really know except to say I don’t like it.
Mike Deodato does another great job with the art. I have to say the nicest thing about this HAMMER arc across the Avengers universe has been the stellar work by the artists involved. Even if the plot gets annoying at any point I have these marvelous panels to distract me and just makes me go “wow”.
Overall this issue is a solid 8 out of 10 with great art and a nice plot. Other than a minor distraction for Cage this was a book I really enjoyed reading.