Wait, so this was just the end of the prelude? And I don’t just mean the end of the prelude to Infinity, I think Hickman means that these last 17 issues of insanity are just the prelude to his run as a whole. Which, if true, means holy crap, things are going to get mental pretty quickly. Unless it did just mean the end of the prelude to Infinity, which is meh, I mean, what does any of this have to do with Thanos? No idea.
I thought this issue was a bit of a mixed-bag, there was some stuff I really liked, such as the discussion between the whole team in one room, where for the first time, these characters felt like an actual team, and some of them like actual characters. I like it when Hickman tries to be funny now, he’s certainly a funny guy, his twitter is great, the later issues of FF were fun, and Manhattan Projects is of course amazing, but a lot of the time his Marvel stuff is very dry. Stuff like complaining about there only being one shower is important, as it means I care about these characters, and not just about how they fit inside some metaphysical clockwork structure.
I also like the idea of Ex Nihilo, Abyss, Starbrand and Nightmask becoming Avengers, these are incredibly powerful characters, and it shows the team really stepping it up in terms of ambition.
My problem with this issue is that once again, the Avengers aren’t really doing anything. They are all unconscious when the Robot-dude is kidnapped by AIM, and only Manifold is able to fight them. They only bring the powerful new team-members aboard because Captain Universe told them to. It just seems like, even though this is the biggest and baddest Avengers team ever, they are just reacting to stuff that is barely explained. If this is all just a prelude, then I want some explanations soon.
The artwork here was also a mixed-bag, I like all three of Caselli, Checchetto and Rudy, but I don’t think their styles mesh well together, and generally, I’m just a fan of one artist on one comic, unless there’s a good explanation for it, like flashbacks. Oh yeah, and why is Ex Nihilo a woman on the cover? Did Leinil Yu mess up or is there something else going on? Is he going to change gender to appease the blogosphere?