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NEW AVENGERS FINALE Concludes Six Year Long Storyline

The plot that started in summer 2004.

Has it really been six years since NEW AVENGERS started? It feels like just yesterday that DISASSEMBLED was running and I was seeing that now-iconic cover of NEW AVENGERS  #1 on display for the first time at the Mondo Marvel panel at Wizard World Chicago ’04. You know the one I’m talking about - - it had the new line up all covered in shadows with a lightning bolt striking behind them. I bring that up because Marvel’s run a preview for the conclusion of the series that’ll be rolling out over the next couple weeks. You’ll recall that the third volume AVENGERS finished with issue #404, but the era itself ended with the AVENGERS FINALE special. Bookending things appropriately, this current volume of NEW AVENGERS will finish with its 64th issue, while its storyline will conclude with a NEW AVENGER FINALE special.

I remember it being such a novel pairing to see Bendis working with the great George Perez on AVENGERS FINALE. Who, oh who, could follow Perez? How about Bryan Hitch? This will certainly be an interesting meeting of the minds, as the preview images below can attest to. Surprisingly, Bendis actually says that, even though he tailored his script to Hitch’s talents, the artist actually extended a number of character-based moments, not just the big money action. He did enough extending that FINALE has actually been upgraded from its original double-sized length (man, it’d be so easy to insert double-entendres there. I’ll leave it up to you).

While the new volume of NEW AVENGERS is right around the corner (NEW NEW AVENGERS? BRAND NEW AVENGERS?), this finale will mark the end of the storyline Bendis started with issue #1. Think about that… HOUSE OF M, CIVIL WAR, WORLD WAR HULK, SECRET INVASION, DARK REIGN and, now, SIEGE have all been part of one big storyline that began in summer 2004. Now that we’re at the tail end of it, what is the assessment of the maniacs in the Comic Vine community? Was it epic?

And, lest I forget, NEW AVENGERS #64 (with art by Mike McKone) comes today, and NEW AVENGERS FINALE comes out in two weeks.

-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Comics and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia. Pre-order the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover now on Amazon.com.
23 Comments
Posted by The_Martian

I love the art! I don't really get why they are ending the series just to start it up again with almost the same roster...

Posted by Chane

@Nobody number 1's sell, doncha know.

Posted by Nova`Prime`

Great art, I have the same question as Nobody about why are they ending it just to restart it. The only reason I can figure is to make the "Heroic Age" feel totally new. Which I understand, I don't agree with it, but I do understand. Although how good these final New Avengers look I doubt I'll get them because I just haven't been following the New Avengers or any of the Dark Reign/Siege stuff since the start of Siege.

Posted by King Quisling

Man I've dropped and picked up this title more times than I care to remember. I haven't read any of it since the whole "Who'll be the next Sorcere Supreme" arc. But this issue looks really good. I think I'll pick it up. 

Posted by Slinger

I wish I didn't miss out on the past few months. I followed this book through good times and bad, and it pretty much marked my return to seriously collecting comics.

Posted by BaronVonDredd

So, what? Norman did that to his face?

Posted by Jake Fury

I've picked it up and dropped this series too. But no doubt about it, the Breakout arc was outstanding. the art for these issues looks really good too.
Posted by mightiness

I wish they were not restarting this series.

Posted by leokearon
@Nobody said:
"I love the art! I don't really get why they are ending the series just to start it up again with almost the same roster... "

It's marketing, more people will buy an issue 1 that an issue 65. Simple as that!
Posted by Blindside002

As long as I get to see more Ms. Marvel in the reboot I really don't care.
Posted by mrduckluck

the furst character i've seen growing up in to many years is danielle

Posted by Kid_Zombie

I love new avengers. But I am very happy its ending and starting over. It does feel like everything since disasembled is ending and we are entering a new era. I can get on board with that.
 
@King Quisling said:

" Man I've dropped and picked up this title more times than I care to remember. I haven't read any of it since the whole "Who'll be the next Sorcere Supreme" arc. But this issue looks really good. I think I'll pick it up.  "

Do it! ha ha the sorcerer supreme arc was very boring, i didn't dig it either, but its gotten awesome again since then.
Posted by The_Martian
@Slinger said:
" I wish I didn't miss out on the past few months. I followed this book through good times and bad, and it pretty much marked my return to seriously collecting comics. "
I know, I really started collecting comics at the beginning of this series. Sad to see it go :(
Posted by CrazyAsAFox

Why'd they have to end the series :'(

Posted by The Jeff

Mike McKone should be the artist on everything

Posted by FrischDVH

I really liked STuart Immomen as well

Posted by strangeling
@Chane said:
" @Nobody number 1's sell, doncha know. "
 @leokearon:  
I'm almost surprised Marvel hasn't gone the Milk & Cheese route with their numbering. 
Posted by xXLukeCageXx
Posted by War Killer
@Nobody said:
" I love the art! I don't really get why they are ending the series just to start it up again with almost the same roster... "
Agreed, they should just go on with #65...I love Hitch's art as well, he's is one of my, if not #1, favorite artist.
Posted by PrinceIMC

Give it 12 to 24 issues then they'll go back to the previous numbering as it approaches 100.

Posted by Paragon
@Chane said:
" @Nobody number 1's sell, doncha know. "
It's also less intimidating to new readers, who think it'll be a great jumping on point.
Posted by King Quisling
@Kid_Zombie: Definite must-read?
Posted by Kid_Zombie
@King Quisling said:
" @Kid_Zombie: Definite must-read? "
I would personally ha ha. But I love New Avengers and love all the charcaters on the team. I find that reading most of the avengers books (well Dark and New) you get more of the marvel story, and while Seige is going on you get more of the details during that battle where in Seige they might just skim over it New avengers kinda gives us a closer look. If you dig the new Avengers i would read for sure.