With the main Avengers title off in space, it looks like New Avengers is showing us the events on Earth, and how Thanos and his army are going about trying to find the Infinity Gems. This was another truly excellent comic, and so far, Hickman is 3 for 3 with his Infinity books, if he keeps up this pace, it could be the best event comic in a long time, and I generally like events more than most.
In this issue, Hickman focuses on each member of the Illuminati being attacked by a different member of Thanos’ lieutenants, the ‘Cull Obsidian’. Iron Man and Reed Richards get in a fire-fight, and Black Panther gets a moment of ‘holy shit he is awesome’ as he faces off against Black Dwarf, who is pretty fucking big for a Dwarf.
What I liked best about this issue is how Hickman used the prior events of New Avengers to fuel the plot, in particular, the war between Atlantis and Wakanda. When Proxima Midnight arrives to fight Namor, he’s already been defeated by the Wakandans, so they don’t actually fight, and in a great moment, Namor lies to her and says that Black Panther has the Infinity Gem, and that all of the Cull Obsidian should attack Wakanda together, which is… wow. Namor is such a dick, and it’s amazing, I love how all of this big massive cosmic war can be turned on its head by one man’s dickishness.
The scene with Doctor Strange was also very well-done, and highly disturbing, and the battle at the Jean Grey school was pretty great too, as Hickman brings back the idea that Iceman is actually am uber-powerful ‘Omega Level’ mutant and has Supergiant control him. Also, Wolverine gets owned, which is always fun.
The ending scene with Black Bolt and Maximus was a great cliffhanger too, is this where ‘Inhumanity’ begins? I’m guessing that Black Bolt thinks the only way to defeat Thanos without the Avengers is to turn on Terrigenesis and make a load more Inhumans. Hmmm… Mike Deodato once again delivers with his artwork, the battle scenes here are great, and his Black Panther may be one of the best ever.
As I said, this crossover has been brilliant so far, especially because it’s so unpredictable and everything from both of Hickman’s Avengers books is finally coming in to play. Let’s hope he can keep this up.