Readers of Brian Michael Bendis’ New Avengers series and the 1990s Cage series get rewarded when the old school, continuity-minded Al Ewing brings us Mighty Avengers #11 and the secret of Luke Cage’s father.
There is a certain art to continuing an ongoing comic today with its own identity and plots (and subplots, remember those!) while the emphasis is on the big, the overall and the “event.” This has ruined many a beautiful book for Marvel and DC, and to save his X-Factor Peter David refused to even participate in most, to his book’s improvement and continuation.
But this volume of Mighty Avengers was born as part of an event and has actually had more issues connected with events than not. This time around, the book is part of the ongoing Original Sin event, and Ewing dances expertly through the dangers of tie-in hell with his customary ease, actually using the events of the Watcher’s death to accentuate and further his own story ideas. Simply amazing!
This issue, we learn of the 1970s Mighty Avengers run by Luke’s dad and listing Blue Marvel, Blade and Kaluu in its number. The big bad are the Deathwalkers, whose storyline has been beautifully back-burnered in Mighty since issue #1.
Those with patience now reap the reward without having to go through the often drier issues of Jonathan Hickman’s own long-term writings. Ewing, like Rick Remender, is slowly bringing back Mighty Marvel (if allowed to).
Greg Land, it goes without saying, has never been better and brings life to Ewing’s script. His flashbacks are wonderful as are Blade’s torture scenes, but the real meat is the sit-down between Cages Sr. and Jr.
Again: simply amazing.