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Avengers #1: (Some of) The Gang’s All Here

Think of it as Avengers Re-Assemble

Avengers #1

Once again Marvel has relaunched its flagship Avengers title to chart new territory after its most recent superhero civil war. The names are largely the same, but the faces look a little different.

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.

Kang’s Revenge

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.

CATCH UP ON CIVIL WAR II

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.

Avengers #1, Marvel Comics, Released November 2, 2016, Written by Mark Waid, Art by Mike del Mundo, Cover by Alex Ross, $4.99.

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Written by Tom Smithyman

Tom Smithyman is a newspaperman turned marketing executive. A comic book enthusiast since the 70s, he tries to keep up with these alternate realities while juggling a professional career, family, community theater roles and passion for travel. Connect with him @tsmithyman and linkedin.com/in/tomsmithyman/