New Avengers (2013) #3 Review

New Avengers 2013 #3
New Avengers 2013 #3


The Illuminati experience their first incursion since reforming.

 Can the loose brotherhood of end times trust each other enough to use the Infinity Gems in unison?

And a new member joins the Illuminati!

The Good

Cover- I like the standard cover where Captain Americas shield is lying on the floor, very symbolic!

Crisis- Creation is ending and our heroes manage to end the threat for the time being and may have created other problems for earth but hey, we’re safe for the time being.

Bye bye Capt- Sue me and call me a prick but I loved how Dr. Strange just layed out Steve Rogers with a simple gesture. That pompous a$$ wipe has needed a good kick in the gonads since AVX began. Sure it wasn’t a heroic move but I’ll be damned if I didn’t love it!

WTF- So Hickman plays his hand and what a hand it is, the destruction of the infinity gems? We already know it won’t last but it was a cool moment nonetheless.

The Bad

Exposition-I’m loving this certainly but New Avengers (2013) Is much too heavy on the exposition to be accessible to modern comic book readers.

Advanced Solicits and art- The fact that Captain America was dropped from this team was expected since he had been absent from all the art released before the book made their debut

Hypocrisy- Henry J McCoy, tsk..tsk..tsk. You must be spending way too much time with Wolverine because you’re becoming as a big a hypocrite as that midget nutcase. After all the bitching and moaning about Cyclops keeping secrets etc, Beast just up and joins the illuminati after he damn near endangered existence by time traveling in the “All New X-men series”. Yeah Cyclops is the worst thing to happen to mutants your shenanigans are so much less vile.

Boring- Honestly I was bored, and this is coming from someone who had high praise for the two issues that preceded this one.

Continuity forgotten- So the infinity Gauntlet was reassembled….um that should be impossible considering the living tribunal stuff that occurred before. (Whatever I guess!)

The Ugly

This issue didn’t fill me with excitement half as much as the last two. This is supposed to be my Black Panther fix but I really didn’t get my fill this time. One thing is for certain though Hickman plans on taking all these characters in a dark direction which I‘m looking forward to but it just hasn’t gotten there yet. 2.5/5

stars- 2.5


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