Author Brian Michael Bendis, Illustrators various
This is the spoiler free review of the second half of the 2004-2010 run of New Avengers. If you would like to read the spoiler full version complete with pictures please visit here.
In the review of the first half of this New Avenger run I talked about how this is not a good place to start with Marvel, that still stands.
This run only gets more complicated and more layered as it goes along. You need to know a ton of characters, side plots, comic events, and back story for it to make any sense. But for those of you who are fairly well versed in the Marvel universe prior to and during this run this book will likely pay off for you.
It’s simply a lot of fun. You get to see so many big heroes battling with even more bad guys over very high stakes. The action is plentiful and the conflicts are juggled well. Bendis understands how to best utilize a character and their power set. How to make everyone feel like they belong in a room without it feeling forced.
This is a very important skill to have when writing such a large scale run of comics. Often these runs can get confusing, or worse, boring. New Avengers is far from either. It’s balanced and exciting.
With all of that being said, I was very disappointed with how this run ends. It’s a problem that happens way too often with comic books, you don’t get a conclusion.
This book leads directly into a tie in with Siege of Asgard and the next run of New Avengers. Nothing is concluded. All loose ends are still loose. Obviously they do this to keep me hooked, like a story addict constantly chasing satisfaction that will never come. But I don’t want to read a whole additional run! I have enough to read!
There is so much that isn’t addressed by the end of issue 64. I read 64 issues of a story to have zero conclusions! That’s a lot. Give me something! Just a little taste!
Sigh, this just kind of comes with the territory. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised and I definitely should expect it to keep happening but I don’t have to like it!
Regardless, I definitely do not regret reading this entire run. It’s comic books at their most comic bookey. It’s complicated, action packed, beautifully drawn, flashy, emotional, and way too long. It’s what keeps you coming back again and again.
If you’re a Marvel fan it’s honestly a must read.
4/5 spiders 🕷🕷🕷🕷
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Once again I didn’t like how this run was collected but volume 1 will get you started: