I mentioned on Twitter that I had picked up a bunch of comics because my LCS is selling its overstock issues for a buck, and most of the comics were Marvel’s Avengers titles: Avengers, New Avengers, and Secret Avengers. After Civil War was done, I was actually going to get Avengers, but money at that time was a little tight, plus, I really don’t care for John Romita Jr.’s artwork, so I passed on it, but was still curious. I knew of the other two titles, but thought, how many Avengers books do you really need?
Apparently, at least three.
Avengers, written by Brian Michael Bendis with pencils by J.R. Jr. and inks by Klaus Janson, was ok. It’s nice seeing the band back together after what happened during Civil War, especially as written by Bendis. The whole Kang arc (1-6) was somewhat interesting because it turned out not to be your typical oh, look what your kids end up doing in the future time travel story, but just barely. I’d give this title a B-.
New Avengers, on the other hand, was a lot more fun, and I only read three issues! The Stuart Immonen and Wade Von Grawbadger art is oh so much better than J.R. Jr.’s work to me, and I think I just love the characters on this Avengers team much better for some reason. If you would have told me 20 years ago that I would absolutely love Luke Cage as an Avenger, let alone leading a team, I would have said, No way, True Believer! I loved the part where Tony Stark asks Luke for a dollar, and then sells Avengers mansion to Luke. And then, when Steve Rogers asks Luke who he wants on the team, but then immediately follows with, “You can’t have Thor or Iron Man,” I laughed! I wish I had picked up this book from the get-go. The only thing that would make this book better is if Spider-Woman was in it instead of in Avengers. I think I need to go get the back issues and get caught up on this. I’d give this title an A-.
Secret Avengers 1-4, written by Ed Brubaker with art by Mike Deodato, had an interesting plot involving Mars and Nova, whom I love. But the rest of the group? Don’t really care for them as a team. Deodato’s art is ok enough, but doesn’t excite me (though I like it better than J.R. Jr.–I need to stop complaining!) I’d give this title a C.