New Avengers #3
So I have mixed feelings about this book.
First off, I think Immonen is coming around with this book. His art is pretty and it’s not Nextwave, but it’s getting there.
The big fight scenes with Luke, Ben, Spidey, Logan and the gang are awesome. Bendis even manages to make the characters sound different. If this book were nothing but that, this review would end right here with a perfect ten, but it isn’t so it doesn’t.
I know it’s not just me but Strange and Voodoo seem to be getting the shaft here. Also, I am not a knowledge person when it comes to Hellstorm, but is he supposed to look and act like John Cena? This stuff is all magic mumbo jumbo that seems to have the characters that are supposed to understand this stuff just making crap up.
But the biggest problem is every scene involving Iron Fist. Is Bendis doing some kind of thing where Danny acts like a moron when he is with Cage and then becomes the bad ass from Bru and Fraction and that guy with the funny name’s book? If so, isn’t that demeaning to both Luke and the character those others made into one of my favorites? If not, then why does it read that way?
Then there is the reveal of the big bad. Whatever happened to the days when there were flashbacks in comics that told you the importance of a character? Sure, it might have been seen as foreshadowing and may have taken away some of the thrust of the reveal, but it wouldn’t just thud for a reader like me. I readily admit that magic mumbo jumbo might as well be cosmic bullshit to me. They are both less interesting to me than more grounded comics. That being said, I think Strange is pretty cool and seems like a guy I might want to read about in the future (and I really liked that Marvel animated movie, too), but the almost slight way who the Ancient One is is handled makes it less cool to me then it would be to someone who has read fifty million Marvel Comics. I still want Bendis to take the time to make his stories important to not just the long term fan, but the possible new fan as well.
Overall, this is a fun issue with really nice art. I can’t hate on it, but I can’t love it either.
Pull list: Afterlife with Archie, Bodies, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Coffin Hill, Dead Boy Detectives, The Fade Out, The Goon, Harley Quinn, Hinterkind, Iron Fist: The Living Weapon,The Maxx Maximized, Miracleman, Ms. Marvel, Multiversity, Rasputin, Rocket Raccoon, Sandman: Overture, Silver Surfer, The Walking Dead, Wonder Woman