At the beginning of Jonathan Hickman’s run on Avengers, Captain America and Iron Man said that the Avengers needed to go bigger. It finally happened, I couldn’t be happier and hope this continues.
After starting on Avengers and New Avengers, there was a 3rd title that was going to be thrown into the mix. Avengers World came out and after a couple issues Hickman was joined by Nick Spencer, who took over full time shortly after (similar to how Brian Michael Bendis started Secret Warriors and gave it over to Hickman). I’m not the biggest fan of Spencer, so I was a little worried about what was going to happen to the title.
I shouldn’t have been.
It took fourteen issues, but Avengers World has lived up to it’s title.
The book introduced two new super groups into the Marvel Universe; Europe’s Euroforce (apparently replacing MI-13?) and China’s Ascendent and it’s parent organization, S.P.E.A.R. Both those groups were filled with new (and interesting) characters as well as established ones. The reason these new groups came into focus was that the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. faced one of it’s worst days ever with four trouble spots across the globe. These were too many threats for even Hickman’s expanded Avengers roster to deal with.
Why does this make me happy? It finally sets up what I’ve always thought should exist in the Marvel Universe (and the DC Universe as well). Why just the Avengers? The Avengers are predominantly an American group, they work with S.H.I.E.L.D., which is an American organization. Shouldn’t other such groups exist and deal with their own corners of the world?
And it always bothered me that this rarely ever happened. There have been attempts through the years, but usually those groups were set up enemies of the Avengers (or some other superteam) and never stuck around or worked together as these groups would need to, and should need to, in the real world.
What was set up in Avengers World is how it should be, and I want this to continue in the book. It looks like it’ll get interrupted by the required “event of the month crossover”. But when the title gets back on track, I want to see more of Euroforce and the Ascendent, as well as other groups from across the globe like Alpha Flight (who have made an appearance in Hickman’s Avengers) and MI-13. What about whatever group is working out of Russia? Where is the Middle Eastern group? That would be an interesting one to see. South American? Australian?
It’s an Avengers World, it’s time that the Marvel Universe started acting like it.