New Avengers 2 review


The first issue of Jonathan Hickman’s New Avengers was almost solely about the Black Panther as he stumbled upon some sort of cataclysmic event. It didn’t explain what was going on, but it was a good character-focused issue with an epic story behind it. This issue explains exactly what was happened, while introducing the rest of the Illuminati group that New Avengers will star. As with the first issue, this one remains character focused despite all its plot revelations. In short, it’s a great comic.

As with Hickman’s Fantastic Four, the sheer scale of the threat is immense. It’s not just Earth that’s in danger, it’s the entire omniverse. The threat is big enough that the Black Panther joins a group he had previously refused to join, and he even tolerates Namor’s presence despite his attack on Wakanda during Avengers vs. X-Men. That scene in particular is the highlight of this comic.

The artwork is great too. Most of the scenes in this are dark; most panels have black backgrounds and heavy shadow work, and it perfectly matches the mood. There’s still a good amount of detail, especially on characters’ costumes and in the outdoor scenes. Character expressions portray their emotions well. My only concern is that Dr. Strange and Iron Man look a bit too similar. If it weren’t for their slightly different hair style and Tony Stark’s goatee, they’re heads would look exactly the same. It’s a minor complaint, but it’s still worth noting.

There isn’t much else to say without spoiling New Avengers 2. It’s a great comic full of epic exposition, and all six of the illuminati characters that speak feel perfectly in character. Quality wise, this is the best issue of Hickman’s Avengers run so far, and anyone remotely curious about the franchise should at least read this issue. I’m most likely sticking with New Avengers.

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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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2 Responses to New Avengers 2 review

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  2. xmenxpert says:

    It’s good. Solid characterization, a cool sci-fi plot with an immense scale, the final conversation between Reed and T’Challa indicated why he brought the Illuminati in. It’s all good.

    But it’s missing heart. Reed, T’Challa and Tony are scientists. Cap is a tactician and soldier. Namor’s a ruler. Strange is a doctor. Black Bolt is a ruler who can’t talk. They’re all cerebral characters. The group is missing a Susan Storm, someone who brings a more emotional, more spiritual viewpoint. This book just isn’t complete without that crucial element.


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