If you read Secret Avengers #26 and then read this “retelling” (kinda) by Brian Michael Bendis, you may wonder if you are viewing the same space battle.
Yep, that is it. The Avengers chosen by Captain America expressly talented and strong enough to journey into outer space and meet the Phoenix Force before it arrives on good ol’ Earth-616.
Like I said, if this seems familiar you may have read Secret Avengers #26, but this rehash will in no way be familiar as Bendis adds many character moments, many “untold” truths and skips altogether a huge plot twist from the previously mentioned SA book.
There is virtually no direction for this story to take, so it is sad to see as Bendis had been doing a great job on these side stories, some better than the “event” itself. It fails to connect to the coming combat and has little really to do with the space battle we have already been shown.
Even the art of the great Walt Simonson and inker Scott Hanna seems morphed and stilted at times (although no one does exciting battle scenes and panel arrangement like Walt, so that’s something).
Main reason to buy Avengers #26 for four bucks? Can’t really think of one.