You have to constantly remind yourself of the manner in which Jonathan Hickman operates in order to appreciate his Avengers.
After that, you can relax and enjoy the sheer beauty and adventure of issue #9 and can better understand what will be coming in the future here.
This time around, both we and the action return to Mars where the brilliantly designed Ex Nihilo has been doing a little secret baking that comes as a surprise even to his son and sister.
It seems each of the "bombs" Ex Nihilo lobbed at Earth from Mars had distinct elements which go to make a world sentient.
In other words, he is trying to make Earth into another Ego.
Nightmask utilizes his swirls to transport the Star Brand Kid and himself to correct Ex Nihilo's culinary curve ball, and where the New Universals are the entire team of Avengers World is bound to follow -- and it does!
There is some wonderful writing by Hickman and some beautiful art by Dustin Weaver and Mike Deodato here, with the end pages being nearly poetic.
Yes, some have difficulty with the long form. Me? I was raised on Chris Claremont, whose subplots took literally decades to develop. Now those X-Men were looooooong form!
All in all, I appreciate what the creators are doing in Avengers. And if you do not like a particular issue, you only have to wait two weeks for the next!