It’s H.A.M.M.E.R. Time!
That is right, the guy with the ruffled red hair and smarmy smile that took down the Home of the Norse Gods, closed S.H.I.E.L.D., outsmarted Tony Stark and became a hero by ending a war with the Skrulls is back, and New Avengers will apparently have him all year long!
Norman Osborn is still a mighty force to be reckoned with, it seems, and so are the true believers of the new H.A.M.M.E.R. movement. Until you feast your eyes on the gorgeous New Avengers 16.1 brought to life by longtime (and I mean longtime!) art faves Neal Adams (Batman, X-Men, Green Lantern) and Tom Palmer (Avengers, Dr. Strange, Tomb of Dracula), you have no idea how vast and powerful this movement is and will probably become.
After you see a panel following Osborn’s escape from the Raft, even the most jaded reader will realize this isn’t just a jealous father in a green mask poking fun at his son’s best buddy anymore. This is truly scary stuff!
Adamsmakes each Avenger look grand and the Goblin within Osborn absolutely the scariest thing this side of his Joker rendition. Kudos go to scribe and MarvelU.architect Brian Michael Bendis for throwing a lot of great action and curves the way of Adams, as well as those classic facial close-ups that turned this artist into a legend. Oh, and Mr. Palmer, your contribution is far from forgotten. Would’ve been really nostalgic had Tom colored this Point One.
I loved the use of Dr. Strange in this issue, as well as Osborn’s knowledge of Baby Cage. Again, truly scary stuff.
So H.A.M.M.E.R. Time, Round 2 begins. This time, I wish the New Avengers all the luck. Doesn’t seem Norman needs any.