Leave it to the ever-reliable Mark Waid to craft a new Avengers series that feels both classic and fresh. A large part of this book’s success is due to the exceptionally well-balanced roster—three adults, three teenagers, and one android.
All the superhero names are pretty well established, but except for Iron Man and Vision, none are the original incarnations (though the Vision isn’t exactly like his original self, so really just Iron Man). We’ve got the former Falcon as the new Captain America, the new female Thor (I won’t spoil her identity since it was a secret not too long ago), the new teenaged Ms. Marvel, the Miles Morales Spider-Man imported from the Ultimate line, and a teenaged Nova (I haven’t read much Nova, but I’m pretty sure this kid isn’t the original).
This issue wraps up the first story arc, revealing a worthy villain for the new team and providing the sort of large-scale action the Avengers have always thrived in. The specific plot isn’t too noteworthy, but it serves as just the right vehicle to showcase the new team. Most important, the characters never get lost in the shuffle. Everyone has a distinct personality that shines through. The relationships between the members create a wonderful team dynamic. And each Avenger is first and foremost a hero. Plus, at no point does anything ever get oppressively serious.
This Avengers series definitely earns the name, and it’s a specific assemblage I want to continue to see working together. I knew I could trust Waid to get it right.
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Mahmud Asrar
Publisher: Marvel Comics
How to Read It: recent back issues; included in All-New, All-Different Avengers vol. 1: The Magnificent Seven (TPB); Comixology
Appropriate For: ages 12 and up