Lead-up to the Story
If you have not been reading The New Avengers recently, you probably should. I feel like I end up saying that a lot. But the coming Scrull secret invasion story starting in April started in New Avengers. Basically, the Scrulls are invading, not just the United States, but the whole world. Several characters have already been revealed as scrulls, for a full listing, visit my friends over at Panels of Awesome for a full list. Make sure to check out the Awesome Arena while you’re there!
Having just returned victorious, the New Avengers are jumped by the Hood and his new gang, who manage to break though Dr. Strange’s protection on his house. A fight ensues, and true to his usual caliber, Brian Michael Bendis delivers an amazing fight scene, complete with witty dialogue that is true to each individual character. I have talked about this before, in one of my Rapid Fire Review sessions. Most writers can do one style, for example they can write Spider-man’s witty one-liners, or Luke Cage’s angry dialogue, but very few writers have the ability to make these different characters individual styles play of each other well. Bendis really is one of the best writers that Marvel has at its disposal, and this makes New Avengers a great read. Back to the storyline however, Dr. Strange was injured after his last confrontation with the Hood, and this time, it gets no better, Dr. Strange is shot, and must use dark and dangerous powers to finish off the intruders. But SHIELD is watching, but in a strange, but not overly unexpected twist, Ms. Marvel lets them escape, even though it looks like her team could mutiny at any minute. The book ends on that cliffhanger, as well as Jessica looking for sanctuary in Stark tower, with her baby, who we know is a scrull.
Carlo Pagulayan is the penciler and Jeff Huet is the inker. The art is busy, very busy, but not to the point that it is detracting from the story too much. There is a lot going on in almost every panel, and it never seems to be overpowering. To be honest though, and that’s something I strive for in these reviews, the sheer number of characters that are involved in the story is daunting; I encourage everyone that owns this comic book to open the front cover, and look at the number of characters listed there, all 36 of them. Each fight panel has so much going on, it actually reminds me of a Where’s Waldo picture, there’s a lot going on, and you could just look for the main point of the action, but if you actually take the time to really look at what’s going on, you can see so much more. This leads, in my opinion, to a greater appreciation of not only the art, but amount of effort and thought that the artists put into every comic.
Is it Worth Buying?
Usually for annuals, I would say no, but I highly recommend it, because annuals are usually pretty sweet. This one however, ties in closely with the story, and looks like it will be important to fully understanding the secret invasion summer crossover. So I would say yes it is worth buying on both accounts; important for understanding the overall Marvel storyline, and also for its own sheer enjoyment.