Review – New Avengers #29 (AVX)

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Mike Deodato
Colors: Rain Beredo
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Ron Garney & Jason Keith
Published by: Marvel Comics

In an earlier time during the AVX saga there was a moment, a key moment where Captain America and the world deciders wanted to hope for something else.

New Avengers #29 jumps into the time machine, we see the secret council brought together one more time in the darkest hours of the Phoenix taking over and the Avengers feeling helpless to it all. The same group that debated the fate of Hulk and so many other cases in private for the good of the world. It’s not something they pride themselves in, instead they often debate and dread the grouping of the team as it always brings so much conflict and a deep seeded sense of regret for the outcome that follows.

For Captain America, this reunion isn’t just about doing something for the Earth, it’s about trying to understand where times split and how to get back to a sense of normal again. With the group so emotionally split it’s a tough debate that follows and leaves them split on where this all will go, so many are at a crossroads given the advancements to humanity and the world that going against it seems equally as damaging. We get an insight into Reed Richards as well and his MIA nature in this whole battle.

It’s a good read and it helps explain why Captain America is so torn apart on what he’s doing, he knows what these changes bring but it’s the condition that lurks on him and drives him to create these resistance attacks. For those following AVX that want a good break from the battle and a bit of time to feel bad for Cap this is a solid read.

Release Date: August 8, 2012

Story:★★★★★ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★½ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – New Avengers #28 (AVX)

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Mike Deodato
Colors: Rain Beredo
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Mike Deodato & Rain Beredo
Published by: Marvel Comics

New Avengers #28 whisks us out of the main AVX timeline to flash back to Hope and the final chapter of the legendary Iron Fist who challenge the Phoenix. Unfortunately we did get a bit confused in all of that, thinking the girl was possibly Hope when it was a girl from legend instead. Apologies there.

The issue is a story of training and Hope’s continued struggle with her destined occupational promotion to Phoenix host, given the attachments of doom and destruction it’s understandable she wouldn’t be excited about the prospect. New Avengers 28 drops us back into the realm of the Iron Fist as the story completes and Hope sits confused hoping to know what she needs to do next. Unfortunately with something this cosmic and powerful there’s no way to just tell someone what they need to accomplish, instead Master Yu Ti sets her down to learn her paths that may follow as she empties her mind.

What happens after that point is a shock as her path deviates from the story told to her, instead of pursuing the Dragon she must pursue the Spider and learn its ways to best assist her challenge in saving the Earth and going head to head with something like the Phoenix. It’s here we get some insight that elaborates the moon struggle from AVX #5 and the growth Hope had been searching for to be able to take on the challenge, fortunately it doesn’t throw readers back into the fray as the story is still to be continued between her and “The Spider”. I have to admit that during the issue it gets a bit abrasive to see Hope constantly fighting around with people she should feel confident in, demanding to know answers and not going along with the rituals even though she just heard about the other host doing these things.

Even with that, I can’t knock this side story as it brings humor, elaboration and some tension into the mix. There is no one stop solution from the Iron Fist to handle the Phoenix which is a deviation from everything we’ve seen so far from the other factions involved.

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – The New Avengers #26 (AvX)

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Mike Deodato
Colors: Rain Beredo
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Art: Mike Deodato & Rain Beredo
Published by: Marvel Comics

In the last issue we took an adventure through K’un Lun as prophecy unveiled a new Iron Fist to take on the great battle against the Phoenix, while there wasn’t much to say on it the new soul would in fact be Hope, the one who prophecy showed could shape and control the force with the right power. The story resumes with Hope training vigorously to master the techniques and skills needed to battle and harness the Phoenix Force, of course some new guests join to watch and help guide this process which has the entire nation on end. If the Earth falls so does everyone in K’un Lun, this bid with the Iron Fist is the only thing they feel can protect the realm and the mortal world.

For those hoping to see some higher activity over the last issue, there is a large boost that comes along in this story, outside of the mystery guests that come up we also see Hope engage in training to be a proper candidate for the title and power of Iron Fist. The story shows her endless determination and fury within, even though the force is closing in she makes no break in devoting all of her power into this intense regimen. The story is pretty concentrated here and having a renaissance man suddenly appear to make next generation constructs is about the only thing that really throws a wrench into any of this for a double take moment.

The story is evolving and we’ll have to see where it all goes, we have heroes from all areas uniting to help The Avengers and the X-Men in all of this madness and many of them just trying to aid Hope in whatever her pursuit is. The tension and arms race is growing rapidly and we’ll find out where it all goes in the upcoming story lines.

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Marvel 99 cent Mondays brings The Avengers

Looking to stock up for not a lot of money today? Marvel is cranking out multiple titles from the Avengers universe for super cheap today. Check out the list and link below and get a chance to catch up or explore a new series entirely.

Pretty great deal and some nice variety in the mix, get a leg up on your favorite books as The Avengers movie tears it up in theaters and AvX helps rock things as well.

Marvel Mondays 99 cent sale: The Avengers

Review – New Avengers #25 (AvX)

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artists: Mike Deodato and Will Conrad
Colors: Rain Beredo
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Mike Deodato and Marte Gracia
Published by: Marvel Comics

Everyone is in on the Phoenix racing across the universe, even the K’un Lun have been drafted into the drama with visions of the battle of the Iron Fist and the Phoenix engaged in a struggle of power.

New Avengers 25 investigates the power of the Iron Fist and the secrets behind the force known as the Phoenix, as few were aware, their group has manuals on taming the energy. There is little time to spare and Lei Kung has to race to master the knowledge to pass it along to the Iron Fist. It’s a huge chunk of side story to the AvX storyline but it keeps the momentum going for yet another potential showdown in this madness. Everyone seems to have a solution against the Phoenix Force but with so many contenders only a few will make it to that final platform for a fight.

For those hoping to see some battle details about the current conflict, this is a hard deviation that falls back to the earlier weeks for extreme side reflections. While some interesting pieces do come out about the Iron Fist legend it’s hard to say this is a must have to a library for the Avengers vs X-Men conflict going on right now. If you’re a hardcore fan feel free to check it out, otherwise it might be a safe skip that will get elaboration once the issue with Iron Fist arrives.

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 

Preview pages for New Avengers #25 arrive, AvX and the Phoenix continue

New Avengers #25 arrives this week, centering around the AvX conflict and especially around Iron Fist and his mysterious relation tot he Phoenix Force. While the force isn’t there yet it’s getting intense as you can see in the gallery pages below, with Hope already embracing the energy and things going south really fast we’ll see where this all takes off in 2 days.

New Avengers #24 gives a sneak peek with preview pages

Marvel is out in full force promoting AvX, with the debut issue already out they’re now preparing readers for the side story arcs including the New Avengers. Luke Cage isn’t all that sold on the idea of this battle and it seems like he’ll be another stone in the path for Captain America before he expands his forces, how his decision impacts the team at large will be uncovered and we’ll get a better glimpse it seems as to where Wolverine sits in this. By the cover art it seems the appearance on island at the end of Avengers vs X-Men wasn’t as telling as it seemed.

Check out the panels in the gallery below, keep in mind that Marvel preview pages do not come with text so your guess is as good as ours on where it’s all going.

Link: Marvel News

Marvel Free Focus for this week (March 26, 2012)

Free Focus returns this week hitting out some items from last week and some fresh goods to keep everyone going. We have the list below for you to enjoy although many of these don’t seem to be following any specific pattern this week. Check out Marvel Comics Unlimited to get these and more.

Some of these issues aren’t out yet, I’ve marked them with an * in the meantime I’ve linked to their profiles so you don’t have to search for them.

HERC (2010) #1
New Avengers (2010) #14
Uncanny X-Men (1963) #541
S.H.I.E.L.D. INFINITY (2011) 
S.H.I.E.L.D. (2011) #1
FF (2011) #5 *
Wolverine: The Best There Is (2010) #7 *
Uncanny X-Force (2010) #6 *
SKAAR: King of the Savage Land (2011) #1 *

Enjoy the reads this week on Marvel!