Finally read the issue today and really enjoyed it.
Hickman wasn't kidding when he said Avengers would be about life and New Avengers would be about death. In Avengers we see life being created and altered with a villain who's all about creation while in New Avengers we see lives snuffed out planets destroyed and a villain who seems to worship death. Avengers definitely felt optimistic in comparison to New Avengers. New Avengers has a sense of dread and incoming doom permeating the entire issue. The one element of the story that does represent hope for the future is soon snuffed out in dramatic fashion. I think this story is going to be a lot darker than most of us realize.
T'Challa's portrayal was spot on and I'm looking forward to see more of his new abilities. I'm interested in seeing what Hickman was hinting at about Reed and T'Challa's relationship in Fantastic Four. The T'Challa/Namor confrontation is obviously going to something to look out for. still wondering how Beast is going to be brought into the group and if they'll address his new look.
As for the complaints about T'Challa being focused on "too much" in this issue, those complaints were expected. Most of the regulars in this thread saw it coming from the moment this book was announced. Everything I could say about that has already been said about it in this thread and others so I wont be speaking on it anymore after this. The absurdity of it all isn't worth my time and I hope the rest of you don't get too bogged down in that foolishness. Haters are gonna hate and if you just leave them be to complaint incessantly about one thing in a solid start to a series their true motives will become apparent to all.