The end of an Era: Erik Galston takes a look at New Avengers Finale
Credits & Solicit Info:
New Avengers Finale
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciler: Bryan Hitch w/ Stuart Immonen
Inkers: Butch Guice, Andrew Currie and Karl Story
Description: "In the wake of SIEGE, an ALL NEW shocking conclusion to the landmark NEW AVENGERS series. NEW AVENGERS is coming to an end...but not without a bang. For the first time ever, series regular Brian Bendis teams up with the superstar artist that reinvented team books for this generation...Bryan Hitch. The entirety of the Marvel landscape has changed and many Avengers do not know their place in it. But before they can move on, some very important loose ends need to be tied up. A.K.A. it's payback time!! All this and a bevy of super star artists stop by to pay tribute to the work they made famous over the course of this top-selling book."
Warning this review contains spoilers
Its the end of an era at Marvel, and this finale drove that point home. For over 5 years Brian Bendis has been in charge of the New Avengers. This issue wraps up a lot of the loose ends of his run.
The story starts with Madame Masque looking to her father, Count Nefaria, for help. Count Nefaria is more then willing to give it, for a price of course. He’ll give The Hood powers like his own, but it will cost them all of The Hood’s money. It’s a great scene, and shows that the pair are willing to do just about anything to get out of the situation they are in.
But of course they get interrupted by the New Avengers. The team takes down The Hood, Madame Masque and Count Nefaria. When they bring them in, they find out that they are no longer “wanted” by the government, and go on one final walk in the park as a team.
For the first time, Bryan Hitch’s artwork disappointed me. It seemed really rushed. The cover is actually a good indication of some of the worst parts of the interior art work. The small moments, like Jessica worrying about Luke and Madame Masque asking for help were drawn well. The fight scenes were where Hitch failed. The characters at times looked very awkward. The splash page that mark’s Wolverine’s entry is an egregious example of this.
What works was the reusing of splash pages from all the different artists who have worked on the series. I especially liked the final two pages, drawn by Stuart Immonen, showing the team walking through the park sans costumes. It was a fitting end to the series.
I applaud Bendis for wrapping up the Hood storyline before the Heroic Age. The story itself was very well written. My only issue was that Clint Barton, who has fought Count Nefaria numerous times, didn’t know who he was. That lone continuity error was my only issue with the entire story.
This issue is a MUST BUY for Marvel fans. Its the end of an era, and this team went out with a win.