The Shi'ar Empire is your friend!
The Shi'ar Empire loves you!
And you love the Shi'ar Empire!
Life for love,
love for life,
Each part in service of each component.
The Empire wishes only your love! And devotion!
Last edited by PupsOfWar; 02-16-2013 at 10:10 PM.
I don't agree that they should support acts of evil... but I'm certainly okay with them trying to get along other races if at all possible. We've seen the value of various races working together in events like Annihilation and Conquest. And we've seen the problems that conflicts like War of Kings creates. If here is a cosmic big bad out there, then the guard and Avengers being allies might actually be mutually beneficial.
But from what I've seen from Gladiator lately, he was a late ally in War of Kings, a key ally in Realm of Kings and Thanos Imperative, and an Avenger ally during the bit of Magus emerging on Earth during Annihilators: Earthfall.
I see no problem with the Avengers supporting Smasher in what they thought was defending the Shi'ar empire in the latest Avengers issue.
For what it's worth, I asked Hickman on formspring about the Avengers helping the Imperial Guard. He said:
"The Avengers responded to a distress call made to Smasher. Happened to be an 'invasion.'
They did what they do."
There was a distress call. An Avenger was going to investigate, so if there were other Avengers around at the time he had them go with her.
I don't think he'll necessarily send the Avengers to every single Shi'ar situation that pops up. But if they just happen to be around when it goes off, and they're not doing anything, I think it's believable that he would send some Avengers to back her up.
It's not that different than say Clint and Jessica Drew going to back up Natasha when she did her thing in Avengers Assemble. If you're on a team, and if they're around and not busy, that's somewhat the norm.
I think Hickman pressed the reset button on a lot of things (Wakanda and a lot of the DnA cosmic stuff) as marvel was ending their present era and moving into Marvel Now, so as to quickly wrap up a lot of lose ends and leave more of a clean stale for some of the newer stuff.