Warning - Wee bit of plot related spoilers below, but nothing detailed or drastic.
We’ve got an Avengers group, split into disparate teams or even individually.
Cap, Iron Man and Thor are chatting about rebuilding the Avengers.
Jen Walters is alone and struggling with her alter ego.
Robbie Reyes is pretty much doing the same, running scared of Ghost Rider.
Captain Marvel is out in space investigating a maguffin
DR Strange is in the centre of the earth with Black Panther doing the same.
This is almost a zero issue in some ways, although things do kick off by the end.
There’s a lot of recapping and reassurance that most of our concerned Marvel fanbase heroes are back and not their dopplegangers from the contrived diversity efforts that the argument still wages on about, in terms of it’s involvement in Marvel’s poor performance in recent years.
I think we can concede that it’s been a mix of things and move on at this stage.
So, rather than being an explosive, must buy issue to get the Avengers comic back on the reader, it’s a solid first issue that plays things pretty safe.
But then, when really have team books worked in recent years? There’s a limit to what you can do with them. JLA and Avengers have been pretty unremarkable for years, with the exception of Johns JL run, which is marmite. My favourite team book past that is Tynion IVs Detective Comics, and that really thrives on the cast and a bit of nostalgia for those characters - as well as the character development itself, which Tynion thrives on.
Aaron is a terrific writer - but we’ve seen Thor, Cap, Iron Man etc done to death. It’s an unenviable task. And he has so many complaints to address and a whole line of comics relying on him getting this title back on the rails.
So maybe playing safe is the right way to go with the book - having Ghost Rider and She Hulk on the roster should hopefully keep things interesting.
By the last few pages we see dead Celestials raining from the skies, which is pretty cool in itself and obviously the question the reader asks themselves is who or what could do this to a Celestial.
Then Aaron has one of the characters ask it for us, just in case we are not thinking at all when we read these books.
I think Bobby made the point earlier that this is probably a book for younger readers and I can see that here. Younger readers and youn fans of the movies.
It’s impossible not to hear Hemsworth’s voice when reading the Thor dialogue, so I guess this is all by design to start winning over the next bunch of future Marvel readers.
And maybe that’s what they need to do, right? Rather than cater for 30, 40, 50 and 60 something’s who probably don’t really need to read an Avengers book again for the rest of their lives.
The book is fine, and I trust Aaron’s ability to go a good job with it long term.
I’m not really that big an Avengers fan though and whether or not I keep buying it will be governed by how interested I am in keeping up to date with the Marvel universe.