Friday, August 9, 2013

New Avengers #7 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

I'm not sure why I'm still collecting this title, as I've previously mentioned.  I get that Hickman views this series as a sort of "game of kings," but he seems to confuse regalness with coldness.  I've never gotten a sense that any of these characters particularly care about the outcome.  Although the dialogue may sound like them, the characters here -- some of the oldest ones that Marvel has -- are virtually unrecognizable, from a combative Dr. Strange to a conciliatory Namor.  In a way, this issue was supposed to be a pause in the ongoing story of multiple Earths colliding into one another, a chance for us to catch our breath and see how the events of these past few issues have affected these men with the weight of multiple worlds on their shoulders.  What we learn is that, given such a break, they return to their petty squabbles and ongoing feuds.  Only Namor seems to be able to put aside differences, but that depiction shouldn't be celebrated, since he's the one least likely to do so.  In other words, it's a mess and I'm done.  (This issue is also a great example of pet peeve #2, given that Namor and T'Challa do the exact opposite of what's depicted on the cover -- they make peace, not war.)

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