INHUMANITY TIE-IN! – “THE OTHER SIDE” With the consequences of Infinity fresh on their minds, tough decisions are made.The gathering of a new Illuminati.We learn more about the other beings related to the Incursions.
Next Threat- The Black Priests are apparently the next big bad for the New Avengers after the Builders. This was a cool introduction which reminded me of such great villain intros as the Mayor or father in season three of Buffy the vampire slayer or Glory from the same series. Great job Hickman!
Art- The interiors art was better than the cover. It has a dark foreboding nature which fits the overall somber tone of the book very well.
Doctor Strange– Just what exactly is Dr. Strange doing? He may well unleash a threat to rival the next big bad…or become the next big bad himself? I’m getting a very Willow circa Buff season 5 vibe from the good doctor.
Alternate events– This issue has an alternate series of events taking place parallel to what happened in the aftermath of Infinity. The Black Priests arrive and destroy the alternate Illuminati with ease during an incursion. In our world the heroes with help from the Black Swan are able to view what has happened in this alternate world with dread.
Cover- How hideous is Simone Bianchi’s cover art for this issue? Far too many ways to count, that’s how much! Bianchi is one of those artists whose work is hit and miss. On Astonishing X-men he drew both Storm and Emma Frost as hideous. On Green Lantern his work was divine and here…..it’s bad.
Despite all my Buffy similarities which I may add are a a good thing since I love Buffy. New Avengers by Jonathan Hickman is still one the best comics you can throw your money on every month. It’s a solid book with great storytelling, great group dynamics and just enough mystery to keep you guessing at every turn. I give it a 3.5/5