The GeeksverseThe New Avengers #16.1

The New Avengers #16.1
Published on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 by

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciled by: Neal Adams
Inked by: Tom Palmer
Colored by: Paul Mounts
Lettered by: VC's Joe Caramagna
Cover Art: Neal Adams w/ Paul Mounts
Associate Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
Editor: Tom Brevoort

There’s some strength to this issue but there’s some weakness as well.

I don’t know if it’s because of Adams art or what, but Bendis’ normally strong dialogue feels really weak throughout most of this issue. The Avengers just dont’ come off as themselves.

The main part of the issue, which is the break-out of Norman Osborn, is well done. It shows just how scary Osborn’s influence is. There’s alot of little things that add up to one big scary picture. Norman Osborn is out and he’s got an army behind him. The Avengers near-panic as they realize he is getting away helps create the mood. It does get to be a bit much though.

The weakness of the issue, where Osborn’s escape is the strength, is how out of the blue it all ends up feeling. We’ve seen some clues about the Goblin Cult, and a bit about some HAMMER operatives, but never this kind of level of devotion to Osborn.

Also there are some huge continuity issues here. What about the events of the Osborn mini-series? Did those happen? Where are those characters and how did he wind up back on the raft? That mini-series, more then anything, showed the strength of the Goblin Cult, and it’s that strength that this issue revolves around. That near fanaticism. But if the mini-series never happened, then that fanaticism didn’t happen, or hasn’t happened to the extent the events of this issue require it to.

So which is it? If the mini-series happened, then this issues doesn’t. If the mini-series didn’t happen, then the “out of the blue” aspect of this issue is magnified to a degree that makes the entire issue not work anymore.

I know that Neal Adams is one of the greatest artist of all time. He’s a major influence. His work influences so many of the contemporary big names. And it wasn’t just his art that cements his place in the Comic Book Hall Of Fame, it’s his other contributions in writing/publishing and other aspect.

But the art in this issue was messy. His latest work has been messy with some odd layouts. Parts of the story don’t flow well and he’s like John Romita Jr (in the recent Avengers) where he decides to draw his own version of the hero and/or costume that only exits under his pencil.

The New Avengers #16.1 receives
3 out of 5

There’s a major continuity issue that really causes issues for this story. Not the best way to start off what is supposed to be a major storyline for the next year.

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