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Review: All New All Different Avengers #9

all new all different avengers #9All New All Different Avengers #9 introduces the “All New All Different” Wasp in a brand new story arc titled Family Business. The chapter is narrated mostly from the perspective of butler Edwin Jarvis, who is more than a little disgruntled by the downgrade of the Avengers’ home base from a luxurious mansion to the dirty dilapidated hangar they are currently using.

First appearing in Free Comic Book Day Civil War II #1, the new Wasp’s arrival at the Avengers’ hangar coincides with a brutal attack from an unseen and unknown foe. New Wasp is quickly put to the test as the Avengers try to discern if her origin story adds up when she claims to have familial connections with a founding member (or two) of the Avengers.

Mark Waid has a habit of putting readers on their heels. Every time the reader starts to get comfortable, Waid turns the table and completely upsets the status quo. The diversity in ages, backgrounds, and personalities of the characters works really nicely in this chaotic environment. All New All Different Avengers #9 mostly serves to solidify the relationships between the current Avengers, but also does a nice job introducing and validating a new character.

The artwork by Mahmud Asrar is classic and clean. With so many unique and recognizable characters sharing every frame, none lose their individual look or get lost in the action. Dave McCaig does an equally impressive job keeping the characteristic reds of the principal characters’ uniforms and armor from blending together in a crimson mess.

This post-Secret Wars team only has one hero whose identity and likeness isn’t passed down from a previous incarnation. I haven’t been a huge fan of this “legacy” concept in the past, but it is working well here. The All New versions of the classic heroes retain enough traits of the original character to appeal to old school fans, while packaging them in a way that draws in new readers.

All New All Different Avengers #9, Marvel Comics, released May 11, 2016, written by Mark Waid, art by Mahmud Asrar, colors by Dave McCaig, letters by VC’s Cory Petit, $3.59

Review by Brendan Allen

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Written by Brendan Allen

Brendan Allen has probably had more jobs than you would reasonably believe. Dog trainer? He’s done it. Flooring contractor? Yep! EMT? Army NBC specialist? Road dog for a Celtic rock band? Yes, yes, and och aye! Now he reads comics and writes about them. His kids think he's Batman, and he just may be.