Another day, another Avengers title, and yes, whilst there probably (definitely) are too many books with the big ‘A’ slapped across them, they are all good (I’m not reading Secret or Assemble, but I hear good things) and on the basis of this first issue, Mighty is going to make a fine addition to the ever-expanding ranks of Earth’s Mightiest Hero-based comics.
Perhaps the best thing about Brian Michael Bendis’ long run on the Avengers was the character work he did on Luke Cage, taking him from a single guy who was really only out for himself (and maybe Iron Fist) and was kind of shady, to a happily-married father who was leader of an Avengers team and very well-respected in the Marvel Universe. It was a great arc, and in this whole Batwoman brouhaha, it’s worth remembering that some superheroes do get married and do grow and change. When Hickman took over the Avengers, Luke went out of the book, and I did miss him, so it’s really great to have him back in the mix, and leading a new, exciting team.
Much has been made about how the majority of this team is non-white, and whilst that’s all well and good, I’m glad that the comic itself doesn’t make a big deal out of it, and that Al Ewing first and foremost makes this title about the characters, and not their skin colours, Cage is not recruiting basedon criteria, it’s just whoever happens to be around when Thanos attacks, whoever reflects the natural diversity of New York City.
Being British, I am fairly familiar with Ewing and his 2000 AD work, his Judge Dredd stuff is some of the best of recent years, and I particularly like the brilliant Zombo strip he created with Henry Flint, so it’s great to see another Brit make the leap to Big Two superheroes and do such a good job, this is a really fun book, with some great comedic moments and some excellent character interactions and dialogue. I particularly liked the funny captions used to introduce each cast-member, and also the way he wrote the lame villains that are The Plunderer and Bluestreak, that was hilarious. Also very funny was the way Ewing writes the Superior Spider-Man, who was just such a dick in this issue, it’s going to be a lot of fun seeing the clash of personalities between SpOck, Luke Cage and the combustible Power Man.
The most intriguing thing about this issue was the mysterious man who was talking to Monica Rambeau (now going by Spectrum, and it’s great to see her getting another starring role, she’s had nothing but guest-appearances since Nextwave, which got a nice nod to here with the trenchcoat gag) and becomes the ridiculous ‘Spider Hero’. I literally have no idea who this dude is, it could be anyone who Monica would know, and that’s most superheroes in the Marvel Universe. I’m just glad that Monica knowing him means that it’s not a universe-hopping Miles Morales, that guy needs to stick in the Ultimate Universe, those rumours are straight-up dumb.
So, after being introduced to most of the team, Luke Cage, Power Man, White Tiger, Spider-Man, Spectrum and Spider Hero/Ronin/Mystery Man, we get to the meat of things, as Infinity comes crashing down on NYC. With the Avengers obviously gone, Luke and his rag-tag group are the only line of defence left to face Proxima Midnight and her army, and I can’t wait to see how the fight next issue goes. This issue was mainly character set-up, but it was necessary, we got to see just how Luke Cage came to the conclusion that he wanted to rejoin the Avengers, it wasn’t just a spurt of the moment thing, and we also got reintroduced to characters like Spectrum and White Tiger who haven’t been around for a while. Now that we have our core team, things can really kick off. Ewing really is off to a great start, in fact, my only complaint about this whole book is that he’s got Luke Cage, and he’s got the new Power Man, so where the fuck is Iron Fist? Is he too busy to help his friends fight Thanos? I want my Danny Rand fix.
In terms of the art, it’s Greg Land, so given his divisive nature, it’s pretty pointless to try and talk about it, everyone’s already made up their minds about whether they hate him or not. I don’t mind Land, and I did feel in this issue his work was a lot more fluid and less static than he can be, that 3rd page with Luke, Power Man and White Tiger fighting Plunderer’s Goons was not what you’d expect from Land, and it was great.
So really, even if you’re a bit burned out on Avengers books, you should check this one out, it has great characters, a promising new writer, and if you’re one of those people who believes comics actually matter in the fight for equality (I’m not so sure myself, but they can’t hurt) it’s all kinds of diverse. But more important than diversity is quality, and Mighty Avengers has that too.
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