New Avengers

New Avengers

Vol. 1, Everything Dies

Graphic Novel - 2013
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To prevent the collision of our universe with another, the Illuminati must reassemble. The Black Panther, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, Mister Fantastic, Namor the Sub-Mariner and the Beast against an infinite legion of parallel realities. Armed with the six Infinity Gems, the Illuminati gather but the task is complicated by old wounds, lies and secret agendas. Can this loose brotherhood trust each other enough to use the Infinity Gems in unison? Hickman and Epting revamp the New Avengers in a multiverse-spanning saga! COLLECTING: New Avengers 1-6.
Publisher: New York : Marvel Worldwide, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780785168362
0785168362
Branch Call Number: TEEN HIC v.1
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,color illustrations --
Alternative Title: Everything dies

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asefran
Jul 22, 2017

This is the beginning of the massive Incursion story arc that runs in parallel with Hickman's New Avengers series all the way through Infinity and Secret Wars, with tie-ins with most of the contemporary Marvel series.

The characters, art, and pacing are well done, but the central plot point leaves something to be desired. The "incursions" exist to provide a rather contrived moral dilemma: a thought experiment with cosmic stakes. They are designed to move our heroes to the regrettable but edgy and popular conclusion that the ends justify the means, all while conveniently collapsing the over-extended Marvel multiverse.

Nevertheless, if you can get past (or enjoy?) that conceit, this volume is key to understanding the rest of the arc that follows. And the incursions certainly provide a vehicle for great character development, major consequences for the Marvel universe, and good art along the way.

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mexicanadiense
Jul 16, 2014

Hickman is one of the best writers currently in the Marvel bullpen, and I greatly enjoyed his take on some of the smartest superheroes on the planet banding together to face an enormous threat...that being said, New Avengers is maybe a bit of a misleading title for the series as the only traditional core Avengers team-member who features throughout is Iron Man, with a brief appearance by Captain America. Illuminati would have been a better title, but of course they would have lost a lot of the red-hot name recognition.

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oxygenelmo
Jan 21, 2014

A good solid story. Hickman is a good writer. psychedelic

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Keogh
Sep 18, 2013

The other of the two Avengers books that Jonathan Hickman took over after endless years of having the core of the titles hijacked by a horrible writer. Hickman takes a concept that Bendis came up with- a secret association of heroes from various groups that make decisions for the world- and actually makes it work. Where Bendis steamrolled his way through continuity, Hickman does not. He takes the original group, tweaks things a bit, but gives us a story of people faced with unimaginable catastrophe and the ethical compromises they must make to prevent it. The characterization is done very well for each member of this group, and Hickman is backed up with ideal art by Steve Epting, who has a brooding quality to his work.

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