Comic: "New Avengers #53"
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Bendis
Reviewer: Max Burbank
Plot: The New Avengers race to New Orleans to try to get to Daimon Hellstrom, Son of Satan before the demon possessed, Dormamu minion The Hood gets there first. Why? Because they think Hellstrom might be the new Sorcerer Supreme, which sound likes a Dairy Queen Harry Potter tie in but isnít. Unfortunately, Madame Masque is waiting for them with a bazooka.
Review: Bendis gets a lot of grief over being the ruination of Marvel writing and a lot of folks want to know where he got his rep in the first place. Not for nothing. Dude bought his own press and spread himself way too thin quite some time ago now and people forget what an awesome book Alias was. Itís no secret I think the current Avengers franchise gives train wrecks a bad name. That being said, New Avengers is the Avengers book that makes me scream the least. Iíd put money itís the book Bendis actually spends some time writing instead of whatever bad mojo he gets up to that account for everything else heís got a finger in the plotting and/or writing of. This issue is a great example in that itís got some great Bendis stuff and some Godawful Bendis stuff.
In the Godawful column thereís the Bendis passion for racing off on a frigginí complicated new plot line before dealing with any of the ramifications of his last plot line. Heíd barely introduced the new Avengers when we had the whole civil war cluster ph*ck. That bled right into the Skrull invasion without any sort of rap up and now we donít deal with the aftermath of that because the New Avengers have to deal with this whole new Sorcerer Supreme story line. I guess Bendis must think if he brings in a new plot line he never has to finish an old one and weíll all be so confused weíll never figure out there must be like a dozen Wolverines to account for him being everywhere at once. Hey, Bendis! You can have that idea for free! You donít have to figure out the Sorcerer Supreme dealio Ďcause now the Avengers have discovered theirs a whole brotherhood of identical Wolverines! And one of them has gone bad! And one got exposed to gamma rays! And one is a Skrull and theyíre all identical cousins and a hot dog makes them loose control. If you get that reference youíre as old as me.
But thereís some very funny dialogue that sounds almost vintage Kevin Smith. The pacing is excellent, shifting back and forth between the demon battle in the streets of New Orleans and Masque blowing the Avengers out of the sky and then making a run for it.
Billy Tan deserves serious praise for his panel storytelling. Thereís a five page battle sequence that culminates with Spiderwoman and Masque fighting in a smoke bomb fog thatís very cool and almost makes me think of when I read the Avengers for pleasure. No skip the sarcasm, itís downright good.
And the ending... I wonít spoil it. Lets just say the eye ends up somewhere thatís such a bad joke it might be brilliant. Of course it might just be stupid. Weíll have to see what kind of attention Bendis pays to what heís doing before the next whirl wind plot device comes in like a tsunami to wash away anything difficult he might have to tackle.
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)
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