Either way, I don't get the vitriol against them. They stuck with the X-men during mutant's darkest hour and saw it through until the end - now that the immediate danger is over they decided they wanted to take a break from superheroing. As pretty much all major and minor x-men have done at one point or another in the past, including the 05, Kitty, etc. They weren't 'reading Wolverine's Diary' or blaming Scott. They just didn't want to superhero anymore. Actually, they immediately said no to Wolverine, only acquiesced when Captain America personally asked them to join. Because he's Cap, and because they're sick and tired of being seen as bad guys when they're trying to save the world, and would like to experience the cushy Avengers life for once. After all the bull they've been through, you can't really blame them.
My bad, Lansbury. My blunders.
Hug it out?
"Um, blah, blah, blah. And, Girl Power. Feminism, d'you know what I mean?"
Spiderman is still broke????
Definitely a "set-up" issue but it was still really solid. Great artwork, loved seeing more of the villains backstory, and Hickman managed to get a lot of people on the team in a short amount of time. Next issue is going to rock.
I had thought, when the first issue ended with the Avengers already assembled, that we would be spared an entire issue of house-calls, meet-cutes, and dialogue transparently designed to explain away continuity quibbles. I would rather have seen these flashbacks sprinkled into future issues as the individual characters take turns in the spotlight.
As things stand, we have the second first issue of Avengers, with virtually the same plot beats as the first first issue. Ex Nihilo continues to explain himself as he shells the earth with biological weapons. Steve and Tony continue to ponder the mysteries of a bigger team. And the issue concludes (again) with the whole team, sans prisoners, standing in the same place as if something is about to happen. And the last word of the voiceover in both issues is... "Avengers." My first thought: "And then they realized they were no longer little girls...they were little women."
The art is still sensational, but I wish Hickman would start telling this story instead of drenching it in portent. We've already seen Opena draw weaponized evolution -- both last issue and back when Archangel hatched this same scheme -- give the man something new to work with, other than cute panels of heroes in their civies.
Ex Nihilo likely doesn't even realize that things are merging, which is why the distinction wasn't made, but at some point they crossed into the MU on their travels.
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I think this creation myth works as well as any of the others. I mean... at least it's got a basis in some sort of science fiction, and has the whole judgment angle. It sounds almost Kirby-esque, like the Celestials... if they hadn't been ruined through overuse. I mean, if you can buy a big flaming bird, what's so ridiculous about this?
I thought it was another good issue, bringing us steadily toward our conclusion. Enjoyed the way the team came together, almost like a caper movie. I do have to wonder: with Cannonball & Sunspot joining, are we going to have every X-Fan going through their scenes with a magnifying glass, just looking for things to bitch about? We're off to a great start so far!
Because Hickman likes laughing at people getting angry over utterly inconsequential nonsense.Other than that, I enjoyed the list of names of former Avengers and trying to make out who everyone was. That said, I was annoyed that they name dropped Luke Cage. Again, why would they go to him instead of all the classic Avengers who they worked together with for years and years for? Luke Cage isn't suddenly like Cap, where he's got retroactive status as an Avengers founder.
I'm interested in seeing what were the upgrades Tony is giving Shang-Chi.
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A much better issue than the first one. I liked the individual character scenes, but I am still wary if all 24iish members will be handled well overtime and get enough characterization. The plot so far is a little thin and boring, and some of the character choices make no sense in-universe for an avengers building team, but Im willing to give the book some time to engage me.
The biggest gripe I had though was that Cap assembles this team to rescue his team from Mars, and is still sitting in the tower six hours later. If his goal is to rescue his friends why didnt he grab the most powerful heroes of earth together and just go rescue them. its not like he could only choose from the pre-selected roster he put together with Tony. If my friends were captured by evil space gods, I would try a bit harder to go have them resuced.