Parker Robbins has grander aspirations than most criminals. Rather than striking out on his own in the aftermath of the Civil War, Robbins, who is also known as The Hood, is gathering an army. With all of the heroes distracted by Skrulls and Registration Acts, the perfect time to strike at them and society is now. The Hood has been gathering his forces, lying in wait to unleash Hell. In New Avengers Annual #2, fans will get to see Earth's Mightiest clash with Hood's forces.
Enough of our chatter. Marvel Comics has provided IGN with exclusive black and white pages from the annual, which is slated to ship on January 16, 2008. Here's how the company is officially describing the issue:
"Continuing directly from the pages of NEW AVENGERS #37: The Hood's gang of super-criminals takes the fight right to the Avengers' door!! Its wall-to-wall action and the end of an era for one Avenger and a major defection for another.
"This double-sized issue ties into or wraps up threads from Civil War, World War Hulk, both Avengers titles and the upcoming Secret Invasion!! Avengers writer Bendis welcomes rising star Carlo Pagulayan on his Avengers debut... "
So far, the Avengers annuals for all the new "Avengers" titles have been weak. I just thumbed through Avengers Annuals #9-#21, and these were all great comics, something to really look forward to every year. Great art and stories.