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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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I’ve been keeping my reviews short lately because I’m still a little behind, but this is one that I’ll be keeping kind of short to avoid spoilers.  At this point in the main Secret Wars story line, there’s so much going on that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to avoid giving anything away, but I will say that by the end of this issue, it is very clear that the proverbial sh– is heading straight for the whirling blades of the fan.

Doctor Strange has left a gift for our heroes to find, the Spider-Men (Peter Parker and Miles Morales) have discovered the secret to Doom’s power, and Thanos is starting to sow the seeds of dissent on the surface of Battleworld.  Oh, and let’s not forget that Marvel recently announced there will be a ninth issue in the mini-series, so the final three issues here should be a pretty amazing ride.

I honestly cannot get over how much Jonathan Hickman has impressed me with his writing here.  Everything has been so tight knit and held together, despite the epic scope of the story.  With something this massive, it would be easy for the story to become unwieldy at some point, but it never has.  It’s had it’s ebbs and flows with pacing, but it’s never once gone off the rails.  This issue is like the last little bit of calm before the storm.  Throughout the first five issues, and most of this one, there was a sense of tremendous pressure being built up, and here you certainly get the impression that something, at some point is going to have to give, in a disastrous fashion.

Ribic’s artwork is again, masterful.  He was great on Thor: God of Thunder, and he’s even better here.  This story has a vast, dream-like quality to it, like something reserved for mythology and legend.  Given the nature of this series and how it’s supposed to redefine the shape of the Marvel universe, the art is fitting, as this could technically be the “origin story” for everything that follows.

Bottom line: Read this book.  Great story, amazing art, and the ending is sure to be something you won’t want to miss.

The Verdict for Secret Wars #6:
5 out of 5

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The final issue of Dan Slott and Adam Kubert’s Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows was released yesterday, and it was certainly a fitting way to end the series.  In the domain known as the Regency, a villain known as Regent has captured all of the heroes and harvests them for their powers.  The last of his collection, Spider-Man, was recently apprehended, and now the Regent believes that he has every ability he will need to take on the ultimate ruler of the planet, Doom.  However, he never counted on Spider-Man’s family showing up.

Slott’s mastery of the Spider-Man character and everything that he stands for has been the one constant throughout this series, and this issue is no different.  This series was immensely successful in breaking down the character to his simplest parts and examining them to get to the core of what actually makes Peter Parker Spider-Man, and that element is responsibility.  Peter is and always has been devoted to the idea that with great power comes great responsibility.  He wrestles with himself throughout these five issues as to exactly how to interpret those words, but he never actually abandons the philosophy.

Kubert’s artwork is again some of the best in the business.  He manages to capture both emotions and actions well.  This issue has a decent amount of both, so his talent really shines here.  I especially liked some of Peter’s more serious facial expressions when he started to think about his family in danger, and just how far he would be willing to go in order to save them.

All in all, I enjoyed this series a lot more than I initially thought I was going to, as I’m not a really big Spider-Man reader.  I may just have to consider picking up another Spidey book once the Secret Wars and Battleworld sort themselves out.

The Verdict for Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #5:
5/5 – Must Have Moar!!!

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The conflict is beginning to heat up, as each side has sent an infiltration unit into enemy territory.  The Blue seems to be working on a plan that will de-power the heroes, while the Iron is launching its own private investigation into who killed mediator Miriam Sharpe.  I’m really liking this series so far.  The plot is very tight, with little room for extravagance as it shifts quickly back and forth between the two territories in the Warzone domain.  Also, the tension is palpable, with both sides finding themselves in sticky situations.  Yu’s artwork is somewhat sparse, but it helps set a very bleak tone for the series.  I still haven’t quite figured out where the plot is going with this one, but I honestly can’t wait for the next issue to be released so I can come that much closer to finding out.

The Verdict for Civil War #3:
4/5 – I can dig it.

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