Nova recently discovered that the man he thought was his father was actually an alien shape-shifter and that his real father was still lost in space. Jarvis took the New Wasp (Nadia, daughter of Hank Pym and his first wife) to meet the Original Wasp, Janet Van Dyne, while the rest of the Avengers left Earth in a busted down, second hand spaceship to assist in Nova’s search for his father. The team was shot down over a desolate planet by a lighthouse powered by a Nega-band.
On the planet, they discovered other shipwrecked survivors who were being dragged into the Negative Zone by Annihilus, using the Nega-band’s twin to keep a portal open between Planet Shipwreck and the Negative Zone. The Avengers stole Annihilus’ band and were able to escape, but in the chaos didn’t realize they had left Spider-man behind in the Negative Zone.
In All New All Different Avengers #12, the Avengers face two major problems. Spider-Man is still stranded fighting Annihilus in the Negative Zone, and Annihilus’ Blackstar weapon is near completion and almost ready to rip a hole between the Negative Zone and the Marvel Universe.
Using the stolen Nega-bands to swap fresh heroes into the fray, the team is able to keep Annihilus at bay while they attempt to destroy the Blackstar. When Thor tries to use Mjolnir to nullify the Blackstar, it bounces harmlessly off the side of the giant positron ray. Brute force isn’t going to destroy the threat. The Avengers will have to come up with a fresh idea, and soon. Tagging in and out isn’t going to work much longer. Fatigue will set in eventually.
Family Business wraps up with another strong entry. I still feel like the introduction of the New Wasp could have waited for another arc, or she could have been included more in this story. The sidebar sequences of Nadia and Jarvis driving, arriving at Janet Van Dyne’s home, getting on a helicopter… were distracting and didn’t add much to the rest of the story.
In All New All Different Avengers #13, the team will join the fray in Civil War II.
Review by Brendan Allen