I read the story in Annihilators: Earthfall #3 with the speed of a certain Human Rocket!
One wonders if this was scribes Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s original plan for the Magus before Nova and the rest of Marvel Cosmic went on hiatus – probably not – but it sure has turned out to be one dynamic story!
Even though he himself never makes an appearance, the vile menace of the Magus as established long ago by the great Jim Starlin can be felt – everywhere!
While the Annihilators and Avengers lay off the fisticuffs long enough to figure out what to do with the Children of the Corn, our purple Cover Boy utilizes the battery containing the Belief Font of the UCT to embed the Magus’ essence into almost 30 percent of the U.S. population. Talk about a hideout that the Avengers cannot attack! Brilliant!
There are some very nice character moments here, especially between Captain America and Ronan, two soldiers whose ideals and styles could not be further from each other, now allied toward the same cause.
No spoilers here, but we will say that the Accuser proves to be his old self and does have a backup plan if the embedding process cannot be reversed. It is one that is quite explosive!
DnA have gotten their old groove back, I must say. They seem to be writing with the same zest and complexity that made both Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy beloved cosmic fan faves.
And although not my favorite artist, Tan Eng Huat has done much better this go-round than in the original Annihilators mini.
I cannot wait for the fourth issue climax of the limited series, and I hope we have not seen the last of these cosmic first-responders, the Annihilators!