Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artists: Mike Deodato & Will Conrad
Color: Rain Beredo
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Mike Deodato & Rain Beredo
Published by: Marvel Comics
Avengers vs X-Men is rolling at full speed, this week we see The New Avengers back story leading into the showdown with the X-Men on the island. Tense times are surrounding the team, with people still angry over the latest Norman Osborn escape and Luke Cage and Jessica Jones at the heart of it calling it a mess would be an understatement. The appearance of the Phoenix Force calls the group to put their differences aside though as their current concerns could very well vanish in a whim if the Phoenix finds a host and goes unchecked on Earth.
For those coming off of AvX expecting everyone to start swinging, this isn’t the case, we get a flashback as they leap out of the carrier to the big meeting and learn a large chunk of story relating to Luke Cage and his missing wife and child. The team has a common goal, to see tomorrow and they’ll now do anything they can to make sure it happens, while Cap and Iron man are central figures for the Avengers, the spotlight moves to Cage in the story as he’ll do anything on this planet to make sure his child is able to have a future.
Unfortunately New Avengers #24 is incredibly short and could have even served as a better place during the prequel to this arc, having the whole story take place in a moment as they jump from their ship toward the X-Men feels like it would be a cinematic move but the actual arc started last week only moves up a slight turn leaving more of a fizzle for impact.
Mike Deodato and Will Conrad take up the task of creating the entire team and giving life to them in this tense time for the Avengers, Luke Cage as a spotlight figure shows his emotional wear in each panel as he makes his plea on national tv. There’s also a monumental moment as they gather at the table, faces grim to the news coming forward as they know a meeting of this size is nothing to take lightly. Key moments were Panther, Storm, Wolverine and even hulk in the scene as they could only feel the worst about to hit their lives.
As Luke Cage looks to take up a central role in AvX I would say it’s a safe bet to invest in New Avengers #24 to get a feel for what he’ll be bringing to the table in this fight, for him he’ll have everything to lose.