In Avengers #1, Thor is here, but it’s Jane Foster, not Odinson. Wasp is in the lineup, but it’s Nadia Pym, not Janet Van Dyne. And, of course, Sam Wilson now wields Captain America’s shield.
Writer Mark Waid wisely chose time-traveler Kang as the villain for this initial story arc. Kang, introduced via the original Avengers title, has proven himself to be a worthy adversary over the years. Kang is seeking revenge on Vision and his teammates in the most fundamental way–by stopping them from ever existing in the first place.
Marvel’s editors wisely gave artist Mike del Mundo free reign to use splash pages and even two-page spreads to showcase his eye-popping battles. He’s a worthy successor to icon Alex Ross, who drew the issue’s magnificent cover.
As with many of the recent Marvel Now titles, the issue teases the end of Civil War II, without giving away the goods. We know that Tony Stark is out of the picture. Self-described gazillionaire, Peter Parker is funding the team and providing their headquarters and a new stealth quinjet.
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Will Stark return to the team he helped to found? Will Team Kang will ensure he’s even born? Waid’s solid foundation will provide the answers.