Overall I enjoyed this issue. I think Jerome Opeña was the perfect choice as the slow pace of the book needs some beautiful panels to slow us down.
I reviewed the book using a bunch of imagery from within here if anyone is interested.
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The book opens with the beginning of time. No joke. Some Avenger history is recapped and it is alluded there was a spark that started something. That spark started with Tony Stark and Steve Rogers which we will start in this issue.
Iron Man looking at an image or chart we've seen in previews. The center is the A for avengers. From it sparks nodes but they are empty. Tony wakes Steve Rogers from a nightmare, which we are shown had something to do with the Illuminati. Tony walks with Rogers and tells him it was Cap himself that inspired the Avengers. To be something bigger.
One month later. Mars. A very green Mars with plants and everything. Ex Nihilo is shooting some sort of organic bomb at Earth. He calls the bombs Origin bombs and he's razing Earth to make it better. He has a new perfected human too. Abyss thinks he's wasting his time. She has a chart of her own (which looks similar to the Avenger chart Tony was looking at) and shows Nihilo the Avengers are coming.
Space. The Avengers are in a space craft. Hawkeye shoots down the origin bomb just sent out using some kind of digital bow and arrow. The Avengers are in awe of Mars being terraformed. We get a shot of Earth and where ever these bombs hit doesn't look good. Tony is impressed.
They land on the planet. Abyss throws some kind of black orb around Hulk. Iron Man gets pulled apart by vines coming from Nihilo. His suit loses power. Hulk gets whispers from Abyss to fight Thor as he thinks he's stronger than Hulk. They fight. Hawkeye and Black Widow get beat down by Nihilo. Captain America gets literally punched in the head over and over by a giant robot. Nihilo ships Cap off in the ship him came on back to Earth. He flys out of the ship and smashes into a building. Ouch.
3 days later. Cap is in a bed recuperating. Nihilo is inspecting the remaining Avengers who are tied up with vines. Steve is looking at the chart Tony was ogling earlier in the issue. Steve clicks a button and text appears on screen "wake the world." We see some people who are being called in to be Avengers. Steve says, "Assemble at dawn." He suits up and the final page is
Captain America holding up his shield. A bunch of new members (and some old) are behind him. Falcon, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Spider-Woman, Captain Marvel, a female Captain Universe, Hyperion and some others I don't recognize.
Good stuff indeed and I also wrote a whole host of reviews of the rest of the books at the link in my signature.
What did you guys think?