New Avengers V.2 # 1 review

Posted by bps 24 June 2010

So, this is the reboot of the New Avengers. It's really annoying how they have so many avengers. Anyhow, keep in mind that I have not read Avengers # 1 yet, and am just proceeding to review this issue hoping it is not related.

The Story

It all starts with Dr Strange visiting Daimon Hellstorm - another mystical dude. Dr Strange had come to help Daimon with a problem he had. It turns out that Daimon was not himself. Instead, he was possessed, by a demon of some sort I presume. Anyhow, the scene ends with Strange trying to fight him off.

The next scene involves the Avengers. It starts with an argument, that probably started in the Avengers #1. Anyhow, Luke Cage is pretty pissed that he now has to take orders from Capt America, who represents the government now. I really don't see the big problem though. Luke probably wanted to have his own freedom to do things.

To stop the arguing, Tony Stark appears and asks Luke if he still wants to be an Avenger. Obviously. Luke answers yes. Tony then asks him for a dollar. Essentially, Luke buys the Avengers Mansion for a dollar and is given the freedom to start they're own Avengers. He is given to freedom to choose anyone he wants on the team, save Iron Man, Thor, and Capt America.

Elsewhere, Dr Voodoo is trying to meditate and talk with his brother - Jericho, a ghost, at the same time. They are interrupted by Strange and Daimon, both possessed and looking for Dr Voodoo's eye of Agamotto. The events that took place are not certain, but Jericho kind of dies, and Dr Voodoo is last seen fighting his enemies.

Back at the Avengers Mansion, Luke and gang open the door to Victoria Hand, former secretary to Norman Osborn, who has a gun to Luke's baby. She states that she has a letter for them. The letter is from Captain America, recommending Victoria, and asking Luke to give her a second chance. After lots of fighting and arguing, Luke eventually agrees, seeing that Victoria is not a bad guy.

Ben Grimm aka the Thing, is later seen at the mansion, along with Spidey and some other new recruits. Ben is invited to join them and agrees to do so. Just then, the eye of Agamotto appears in Luke's hand. Dr Strange and Daimon appear shortly after stating that Voodoo is dead. Strange also calls himself the ruler of the new dimension, with Luke's help. The final scene looks a little like this.

This seems to be a pretty decent first issue. I like the way Captain America allowed Luke to start his own Avengers. The Voodoo story doesn't really seem too appealing to me. Seems a little like the Titans from the DCU. In the Titans, there are always demonic bad guys because Raven is kind of a spiritual being. The stories get quite boring there, which is why I no longer read them. I hope the New Avengers don't follow in those footsteps. Overall, a very good concept. I'm looking forward to more. 

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