One of the most anticipated new titles for Marvel’s relaunch dropped last Wednesday with All-New All Different Avengers #1.  This issue finds the new team lineup all sort of doing their own thing, until Iron Man, Captain America (Sam Wilson), and Spider-Man (Miles Morales) are brought together through some strangely incidental circumstances.  We also get a very brief scene involving Ms. Marvel and Nova, but Thor and the Vision are strangely absent here despite their presence on the issue’s cover.  As far as a “team” goes, it looks like we’re not quite there just yet with this group.

Writer Mark Waid gives us a slightly disjointed tale in this comic.  As mentioned above there is a VERY brief introductory scene and then the book more or less jumps straight into the action which apparently led up to that moment.  There is no real team just yet, but Stark and Cap have an interesting discussion regarding the lack of a team carrying the official Avengers name, and I have my ideas as to where the story will go from here.  The narrative does jump around a little bit, and some characters just happen to be in the right place at the right time, which seems to be slightly contrived.  The main villain seems to show up out of nowhere, so I’m hoping future issues will give a little backstory, because there seem to be a lot of holes that need filling.

Adam Kubert and Mahmud Asrar take the art chores here and both do a solid job.  Kubert gets the main part of the story, and Asrar gets a little back story in the final pages detailing the first meeting of Ms. Marvel and Nova.  Asrar does particularly well with the more personal story and the facial emotions of the characters involved.  Kubert does well with the larger action story, where he’s really able to show his talent for expressing movement and big events.

To be honest, I kind of wished they might have started a little bit slower.  I get the desire to jump right in and get people attracted to the action, but it doesn’t leave much room for the characters to get to know one another and interact on that more personal level.  That being said, I’m only one issue into this storyline, so my sincere hope is that there will be more personal moments between the characters in the upcoming issues to really establish solid relationships with one another.  If the current model continues this series will be lots of style with little substance.  I did enjoy the issue, but I would have liked a little more story.

The Verdict for All-New All-Different Avengers #1:
4 out of 5

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Stay nerdy, my friends.


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