If you’re looking for a deep, epic story, you won’t find it here. If you’re looking for a very dramatic, character focused series, look elsewhere. That’s not what All-New, All Different Avengers is, nor is it trying to be. This comic is just trying to have fun, and more often than not, writer Mark Waid succeeds.
All-New All Different Avengers 11 continues exactly where the last issue left off, with the Avengers team trapped in the Negative Zone. The younger members are all captured by Annihilus while the older Avengers are regrouping. It starts off with Ms. Marvel giving quite the motivational speech for their fellow captives. Unfortunately, only Spider-Man and Nova understand English. It’s a moment that perfectly sets the tone for this comic – there’s a touch of darkness, but it’s still a fun read with some good character moments.
The rest of this comic is the team fighting Annihilus and his followers, while figuring out a plan to not only defeat their very powerful enemy, but to find a way home. The story unfolds naturally during the fight and forces Iron Man to get creative with his solution. Meanwhile the duel between Annihilus and Thor is appropriately intense even if part of it is a shoving match. The dialogue always feels in character, and the ending cliffhanger is just as intense as last issue’s. Again, this isn’t a deep comic by any means, but it doesn’t need to be. It’s fun.
Mahmud Asrar’s art is good. The Negative Zone is full of weird physics like floating rocks and several large objects in the sky, and there’s a lot of background detail. There’s also a good variety of aliens in the backgrounds, each with unique looks, and some of them look familiar. Facial expressions perfectly capture characters’ emotions, most notably Ms. Marvel’s frustration when she learns that her speech meant nothing to the non-English speaking aliens. The best image is probably the very last page, which makes Annihilus look downright scary despite his injuries. Dave McCaig’s colouring is also good. Despite the overall green look in the Negative Zone, the comic is bright and colourful.
There’s not much else to say about this one. It’s a fun comic featuring the Avengers fighting against a major Marvel villain, with a mix of long-time avengers and relative newcomers. If that sounds like fun, why not check it out?