New Avengers is turning out decent issues these days, but doesn't seem to deliver on its promises. A noir-esque concept like the Hood shines in the hands of Bendis, and should have been a slam dunk. Mix in plausibility problems and clunky art and it's easy to see why this issue just doesn't hold up. I'm really hoping the Skrull concept can come back and really focus this series into something powerful again... so long as our heroes aren't standing around bantering about who is a Skrull. I've had enough of that, thanks. Read Full Review
In the end, the issue draws to a close with a limp finale to the fight (two pages of disconnected knockout punches, and the fight is over) and a closing coda which sees the Hood break the Wrecker out of prison. Again. This doesn't feel like the end of a storyline, and that feeling is supported by the caption of the final page which promises that the story is "To be continued in Avengers Annual #2". However, after reading this issue, I can't imagine readers wanting to come back for more. New Avengers doesn't feel like a book which is gearing up for a major crossover storyline - it feels like it's waiting to be put out of its misery. For the first time, I'm seriously considering dropping the title, because it has failed to deliver on its potential and to resolve its dangling plot strands for so long that I've run out of goodwill and second chances. Read Full Review
It's hard to put into words how bad the narrative of this issue is, but if you read last month's symbiote recap issue by Luke Cage, imagine something worse and you'll almost understand how bad this was. Read Full Review
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