Avengers NOW! Nov 16, 2016 19:02:28 GMT -5
Post by Marvel Boy on Nov 16, 2016 19:02:28 GMT -5
Welcome to the new volume of the Avengers where we see the aftermath and effects of Civil War II! Roster includes Sam Cap, the Lady Thor, Vision, Hercules, the new Wasp, and Spider-Man. As we begin....
.....our heroes are helping to stop a rampaging supernatural beast. Hercules arrives to lend a hand since Vision is absent. The team manages to prevail over the beast wherein the Lady Thor proceeds to take the beast back to it's natural realm. Sam Cap thanks Herc for his help and offers him the chance to join them. For Ms. Marvel, Mile Morales, and Nova, having grown disillusioned with the schism and morals that have split the hero community, have left the team to form their own (the Champions!) Herc accepts as the team leaves for their appt at Parker Industries HQ.
At the former Baxter Building, Peter offers the team housing, tech, and support, in some attempt to make amends for his role in the civil war. Nadia is skeptical of Peter's offer and of Spider-Man (for it seems that spider and wasps don't get along). Peter offers the team usage of the top floors of the building, capped with all-exclusive skyline view of the city. Herc spots trouble, some kind of attack and the team leaves, with Peter as Spidey in tow.
Upon arriving, the team is shocked to find Vision under attack from not only Kang but also his earlier temporal counterpart, the Scarlet Centurion! They seek to aid Vision but ultimately, Centurion gets the upper hand on Vision, damaging him enough to where Kang is able to download the information they need from him. The villains retreat while the team takes Vision back to the Baxter Building to heal him.
There, they learn what Vision has done, gone back in time and stole the infant baby Kang as an attempt to thwart the Conqueror's assaults against the Avengers (as detailed in #13 of the last volume). Vision hid the baby, forcing Kang and the Centurion into trying to locate him. But Vision had a backup plan, he had downloaded the baby's location off of him so the info that Kang had gotten from him is useless. Sam Cap is distraught over Vision taking this action without consulting any of them but is determined to see it through now.
Meanwhile, Kang realizes the truth, that Vision has hidden the knowledge of the location. Tracking his recent past timeline, the pair see where Vision downloaded the info and retrieve it. But before retrieving the baby, the pair decide to retaliate against the team for this action in the only proper way.
In the present, while deciding on their next course of action, Sam starts feeling cold and odd, as if someone had 'just walked over his grave'. We then see in the past, as Kang and Centurion track down and seemingly kill the current members of the team as babies or young kids! Back in the present, the team dissolves as their past has been erased!
This was a decent start to this volume. I'm glad that Waid picked up on previous plot threads from the last volume and the interaction between the members was good (especially the tension and barbs between Peter and Nadia). Admittedly, I haven't been reading the main Civil War II so I don't quite know what Peter is making amends for but the sight of the Avengers now residing at the Baxter Building is interesting.
My only slight is Mike Del Mundo's art. It's certainly unique and eye-catching but depending on your particular tastes, it can require some getting used to.