In the midst of the big Avengers vs. X-Men “event,” writer Brian Michael Bendis does what he always does during such occasions: uses the regularly read books such as New Avengers #24 to tell a story, usually of a personal nature.
And what a personal story Bendis weaves this issue!
Surrounded by a protesting public, multiple Avengers teams and a missing wife and baby, Luke Cage takes to the live news airwaves to give the citizens of Marvel U. America the 411 on Osborne, on life as an Avenger and on “cleaning up your own house!”
Whew! As Wolvie once observed during a Cage chat, Lucas was on a roll!
Yep, there were the wonderful family scenes and sense of humor (Spidey: “Wolverine is running a school? With children?!”) but this is really the story of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones and where their lives are bound to go now that not even a babysitter that communicates with squirrels is enough to make Jessica feel safe about her baby living in Avengers Mansion.
Along the way there is some soap opera, and may I say it has been sorely missed since the great days of Stan Lee, Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway.
As usual, artist Mike Deodato was his brilliant self, and some switches to Will Conrad are barely perceptible, so great is the impact of this story. Good work!
How this will play out against the larger background of Assembler vs. Mutant is anyone’s guess, but I think it safe to say that before he departs, Bendis will leave as large a legacy as any who have had the honor to chronicle the tales of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
For another take on "New Avengers" #24, check out the DOC's review.