Brian Michael Bendis has written many a tight and taunting tale – Hawkeye’s interrogation before Norman Osborn and the Dark Avengers (especially Venom) during Dark Reign comes to mind – but it has been awhile since I have read a nail-biter such as the scribe presents in New Avengers #28.
This emotional and desperate journey of escape for Spider-Woman and Hawkeye (with Luke Cage thrown in for good measure) demonstrates humanly more than any other tale of the AvX event just how serious both sides are about their missions.
In a sweeping saga of personal tragedy and triumph, our three Avengers face their captors in the bowels of Utopia (ironic already, eh?) and slowly but surely arrange their escape.
Up from the depths to the shores and then past mutant and mutants, even two of the Phoenix Five, the Avengers make their way to a waiting speedboat and freedom!
What happens next is not for the faint of heart and is both a great shock and a great relief depending on which side you take in this battle.
Mike Deodato’s art as always lifts BMB’s script to great heights, and the pictures could not tell the story better, especially in those last few panels.
Get set for an emotional roller coaster ride, True Believers, cuz this is one of Bendis’ best!