Marvel Comics – April, 2007 – $4.99 – 64pg – Color – Rated T+
Writers: Brian Michael Bendis, Warren Ellis – Artist: Marc Silvestri – Cover Art: Marc Silvestri
Tony Stark is now director of S.H.I.E.L.D., the world’s premier crime-fighting task force and employer of every superhero, as well as the only person with access to the identities of all the superheroes, making him also the leader of every superhero… but what will he do with all that power?
Elsewhere, Reed Richards interviews the man now known as The Collective, who has absorbed every de-powered mutant’s abilities (and who killed everyone in Alpha Flight), then gives him over to Dr. Walter Langkowski (aka Sasquatch), who was the only survivor of that encounter, and is now putting together a new Canadian team of superheroes called Omega Flight, of which The Collective is going to be a member, under the old Guardian mantle.
There’s a small story here about the new Thunderbolts team taking down a hero called Hurricane II, basically just introducing the team if you haven’t been reading the title.
Ms. Marvel reports to Iron Man that she has found Jessica Drew (aka Spider-Woman), but after an encounter with the Grey Gargoyle, she let her leave. However, during the encounter, she reveals that Captain America is not dead as everyone thinks, but simply being held and cared for at the Raft prison. Tony then heads to his office, where Jarvis convinces him that the world still needs Avengers, and he now has all the heroes in the world to pick from.
So when I bought comics this week, the first two I read were Captain America #25 and Mighty Avengers #1. This comic falls directly in between the two continuity-wise. Cap is already dead, but Carol says that he is not… is that just what she is being told? But it is before Tony picks his new Avengers team.
I like they are using The Collective and not just forgetting about him. That Omega Flight mini-series should be good (and will probably turn into an Alpha Flight ongoing, if I had to guess). Thunderbolts as we already know is great. Mighty Avengers’ first issue was good… everything is good story-wise in the Marvel U right now, and this issue basically recaps and brings it up to speed for the uninformed.
Writing: 8.0 – Story: 8.5 – Art: 8.5 – Cover: 8.0