The GeeksverseThe New Avengers #10

The New Avengers #10
Published on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 by

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Mike Deodato; Howard Chaykin
Colored by: Rain Beredo; Edgar Delgado
Lettered by: VC's Joe Caramagna
Cover Art: Mike Deodato w/ Rain Beredo
Associate Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
Editor: Tom Brevoort

This is one of those times when a mini-series would have been okay, would have made more sense then taking up half the pages of an ongoing and giving us two incomplete stories.

The Howard Chaykin drawn story is pretty interesting. In it, Nick Fury is appointed by the President to gather a team of super powered and people with special abilities to go on a mission. He can’t use the Howling Commandos for this mission, although the reason why doesn’t sound good, as the Commandos took on many a dangerous mission back in the day. The name given to this team is The Avengers. So this is the first team of Avengers.

How does this work with other groups in the 50s? There were a couple running around wasn’t there? Why didn’t the President call on Jimmy Woo’s team, they were working for the FBI in the 50s right?

The team gathered is pretty interesting: Victor Creed, Namora (wait, wasn’t she part of Woo’s team?), Kraven the Hunter (who is dating Namora, which doesn’t make any sense), Dominc Fortune, Ulysses Bloodstone and Ernst Sablinova (the Father of Silver Sable). Some of the choices make sense (Bloodstone and Sablinova), some are Bendis making use of story point developed by other writers recently (the ‘immortal’ Dominc Fortune that Jim McCann came up with in Hawkeye and Mockingbird), some seem like shock value (Creed and Kraven) and some just seem odd and go against established continuity (Namora).

This is by far the best part of the issue though. And it could have worked as a seperate mini-series. Why its taking pages away from the New Avengers is unknown and doesn’t make sense. The two stories will have to tie together for it to work, otherwise it’s just Bendis using his playground for a side project.

The modern Avengers story seems rushed. Like it’s just something Bendis came up with quickly in order to give the team something to do well he did his flashback story. The characters don’t even really sound like themselves and the group doesn’t react like the Avengers team we’ve been seeing for the past ten issues. Luke Cage, especially, doesn’t act like we’re used to seeing.

The story seems out of place. It comes across as filler with Mockingbird being shot seeming like false tension. It feels like it’s there to give “meaning” to this story. Make it have impact instead of coming across as filler. It doesn’t work. The story still feels like filler.

Chaykin’s art is excellant. He really does a good job of capturing the time period.

Deodato’s art on the other hand, normally pretty good, feels overloaded. There’s a couple of pages where there is too much going on and it’s hard to follow.

The New Avengers #10 receives
3.5 out of 5

The flashback story is good, but would have been better as it’s own mini-series.

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