Mind Capsules – Avengers #27 and New Avengers #16

Avengers #27

Writer – Jonathan Hickman
Artist – Salvador Larocca

The current issue finds the Avengers engaged in battle with… the Avengers. Not a new concept, but one that is always enjoyable, having heroes fight their possibly evil doppelgangers. This book’s villains are courtesy of A.I.M. who has pulled them into our world with the help of their new adaptoids who have been getting out of control and adapting past the parameters they were programmed with. Two of the better moments in the book deal with Banner having a conversation with his alternate self and the unmasking of Tony’s double. The reveal is actually a little shocking and one of the most interesting little tidbits the book has offered up in a while, even if it is only for this issue. Larocca’s art is solid and looks as if it has evolved just a little more once again from what his style used to be when he was illustrating Iron Man’s solo adventures. And while the book has not been the most reader friendly book in Marvel’s stable, this issue is fairly inviting and readers who might be new to the title would not be lost. Great stuff by Hickman and company.

4.5 out of 5

New Avengers #16

Writer – Jonathan Hickman
Artist – Rags Morales

New Avengers, the big idea book of the Marvel universe, finds T’Challa and Namor discussing the incursions, as well as taking digs at each other which is par for the course in their relationship. T’Challa has viewed a lot of Earth’s meeting their fate and being destroyed, but in one case, he has seen one planet survive. Twice in fact. So at Namor’s request, they view this alternate Earth and its team of heroes called The Great Society who are made up of Avengers and Justice League archetypes. Although they have only appeared in this single issue, they are extremely fascinating characters and it would be fantastic if they could get their own miniseries or ongoing title. After the team saves their Earth, Namor exclaims ‘Well… That is something different.’ That statement happens to be true as these heroes do not really seem like your normal do-gooders. Hickman keeps coming up with some great ideas and it is a wonderful thing that Marvel lets his imagination run wild with some of their best heroes. Another solid issue of New Avengers from Hickman with some great art from Rags Morales (who would be perfect for a The Great Society title) continuing the trend of this being one of the best books published today.

5 out of 5

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