Avengers #1
Written by: Jason Aaron
Art by: Ed McGuinness, Mark Morales, and David Curiel
Published by: Marvel Comics

Reviewed by: Ryan McLelland

Well here we are. The all new Avengers #1 which is the kickoff for the next new wave of all new issue ones that are about to come flooding in. Legacy numbers are out. They’re old school. Who wants those when you can have shiny new #1s?!?!?!?!? I guess I need to get over the numbering thing. As long as there’s a good story and good art, that should make me happy. Right? No seriously…I’m asking.

There’s a whole lot going on in this first issue which really spreads our Avengers all over the place. There’s a ton of characters on the cover so I’m going to assume that this is our Avengers line-up. The first page brings us back one million years ago on Earth with Odin and a bunch of fighters to include…someone with the Star Brand?!?!!? I know that the Star Brand has long been back in the Marvel Universe but it still makes me smile every time I see it. Now if we could just get some DP7 up in here. Maybe some Spitfire?

There is a point to the one million year old flashback that ties into the present day story. That story kicks off with Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, and Thor getting together for what seems to be the first time in a long time. It seems they have all been through some shit in the past few years and Stark at one point tells the group, “We make quite the trio. Hydra Cap, Coma Tony, and the Unworthy Thor.” But it seems the past is the past and this group has rebooted itself back to the status quo just like the numbering of this title.

It seems there are some warp holes appearing right above Earth and Carol Danvers is already on the case. She swoops toward the holes to find the dead body of a Celestial coming out of it. You know the Celestials: those big ass, super powerful 50 foot high powerhouses. Well it seems they are dead and falling to Earth. I know I won’t be the one digging out those graves.

So who killed the Celestials? And is that force right behind these Celestial bodies?

ALSO – why is Dr. Strange and Black Panther teamed up two miles under South Africa? What are they looking for? Why are creatures after Ghost Rider and his, ugh, car? Why is there one page of She-Hulk running through New York City? Not making this up. We catch up with Jenn on a run. Some guy tries to harass her (because … well…it’s New York City) and she nearly hulks out on him. And that’s her story arc for the issue. Not sure why writer Jason Aaron HAD to have this page in this first issue. Foreshadowing? I dunno. Maybe she’s trying to get a deal with Reebok.

The writing by Aaron is pretty solid and the artwork by Ed McGuinness is fantastic. Man can not miss a beat. There seems to be a lot of different stories going on at the same time so I’m not sure what is going on. Are these all continuing storylines from the last Avengers book that I’m catching up on? Is this just Aaron trying to throw a whole bunch of different plots at us so we aren’t just following one storyline? Is it REALLY important that She-Hulk get her run in? that I’m not sure. I’m not sure at all.

What I am sure about is beyond this being a new #1 there is really nothing that makes it STAND OUT as a new #1. There’s no offense meant there. I’m just saying that there’s some good camaraderie parts with our heroes and then we get some danger towards the end. Worthy of a #1? I guess Marvel thinks so. I think this is a pretty solid read that could have had a few parts edited right out. But who am I to say this? Maybe it’ll all make sense in the long run. As for the creative team of Aaron and McGuinness, I can’t wait to see the great adventures these two will come up with.

RANK: A-

 

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