The GeeksverseNew Avengers #26

New Avengers #26
Published on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 by

Jean Grey was not the first vessel of the Phoenix and who it was deepens Marvel’s history.

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Mike Deodato
Colored by: Rain Beredo
Lettered by: VC's Joe Caramagna
Cover by: Mike Deodato & Rain Beredo
Assistant Editor: John Denning
Associate Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
Editor: Tom Brevoort

After a bunch of bad to merely decent issues of The New Avengers we get a tie-in issue that is actually pretty good. I was afraid that the AvX tie-in issues would be as bad as the crossover itself. Bendis is still writing the title and his last issues weren’t good so I had no reason to believe that an event tie-in issue would be good.

There were a couple things I really liked about this issue.

-Deepening Marvel’s history by the appearance of Leonardo Da Vinci (from S.H.I.E.L.D.) and an earlier Iron Fist being a Phoenix avatar.

-Marvel’s fake spoiler covers. There have been a bunch of Avengers covers that seem like they spoil the events of the issues, but they instead turn out to have nothing to do with the contents.

-No direct tie-in to AvX. This gives the whole story a deeper meaning and isn’t just an excuse to replay scenes from the cross-over or have more pointless fights.

The first point is the most important. Bendis takes aspects of Marvel’s history and weaves them together. Da Vinci is a character that has appeared in numerous places since his first appearance and each time he ends up becoming more connected to the hidden history of Marvel. I really enjoy these kind of retcons. I love giving the shared universes a richer history that connects them together. When they’re done right of course. It’s too early to tell how this one will end up, but it’s on the right track.

I can’t wait to see what it all means. So at least in this book, it appears that Bendis will go out with a bang.

Deodato’s art is excellent. He really does a great job with Da Vinci and his invention, which looks great. The fight scenes are nicely done as well. A bit too much use of shadow, but overall they look and flow smoothly.

The New Avengers #26 receives
4.5 out of 5

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