Lately, with the advent of DC’s New 52, I had drifted away from The Avengers. But since the cover of #19 contained two of my favorite characters, the Black Panther and the Vision (whom I thought was the Young Avengers Vision), I picked it up.
Boy, am I glad I did!
Avengers scribe Brian Michael Bendis has wrote many an issue of our assemblers now; some I loved and some I loathed. But here in this one single issue may be my favorite tale of this new incarnation of the super-team.
True, the Black Panther sends Cap to seek his wife Storm as a replacement for Thor (and a great choice that is), but the real surprise – spoilers here, folks – is that the Vision is, in fact, THE Vision – the one She-Hulk tore in two during Disassembled, if I have my pre-hiatus (mine, not theirs) history right. Bendis even pokes fun at himself when Spidey says something to the effect of “I don’t recall the Vision talking that much.” LOL!
Another big break – or at least one I am hoping for – is that Wolverine and Spider-Man seem relegated to the New Avengers alone, if we are to believe the press conference at the end of our story. Anyway, I think nine Avengers is enough anyway; I always aimed for five, with guest star Avengers Thor, Iron Man and Cap coming in when necessary. But I will take these nine!
After the Osborn-centric dribble in this month’s New Avengers, I was pleased to see the assemblers the focus of this issue. Oh, don’t worry, you H.A.M.M.E.R. fans, Mr. Crewcut makes an appearance before the “Next Issue” blob comes up … and how!
I also found that I am enjoying Daniel Acuna’s version of this super-team, especially since he pencils, inks and colors! His layouts are fresh, his facial expressions vivid and the overall feel of the book is vibrant. Besides a little detail work in background figures – a fault shared with JRJr. – he gets an A for this issue.
I am making my Marvel scarce these days, but I will be on for the short ride to see how Bendis, Acuna and this new team of nine gel. And maybe T’Challa will stop by to say hello to Ororo sometime.
Welcome back, Vision!