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Review: New Avengers #5

Who else is digging the oral history?

The Avengers' struggle with extra-dimensional demons worsens terribly after they realize that the threat may stem from even before the Ancient One's time.

The Good

If there's one thing I've appreciated about Marvel's output of late, it's their willingness to push their concepts and characters forward. This isn't the Avengers I grew up on - - it's got a different thrust - - and it's more exciting for that. Similarly, I'm glad to see them to put Dr. Strange and his mythos into new, possibly uncomfortable areas. Spidey's joke about Agamatto simply wanting his eye back, and the magic-men's pale reactions, summed up what I like about this book. You never would've seen classic Strange in that situation.

The Bad

We're five issues and I'm still not entirely clear on what mission statement sets this team of Avengers apart from the four other Avenger teams running around. I'd say they're supposed to be handling more magic/occult-based threats, but then the line-up selection doesn't really embody that as cohesively as, say, the Secret Avengers' more stealthy crew does.

The Verdict - 3.5/5

While the A feature, with all its Agamatto-associated intrigue, is of the same caliber of quality you've come to expect from Bendis and Immonen, I was really more taken with the Oral History of the Avengers back-up. It might sound boring to see a prose feature comprised entirely of quotations, but I find the whole thing endlessly diverting. It adds a humanism and verisimilitude to Marvel continuity like few, if any, other features have. 
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Posted by GT-Man

Nice review can't wait to read it
Posted by Pizawle

Isn't this issue five?
Have to say it has been my least enjoyed Avengers book. Just too chaotic and uninteresting.

Posted by PrinceIMC

I hate when there's a big reveal, like the Ancient One convinced Iron Fist that he wants the Eye of Aggamotto back, but then in the next issue in a couple panels they convince Danny that it wasn't the Ancient One.

Posted by SlightConfuse

i am enjoying this series so far but i dont like the oral history 

Posted by G'bandit

Sooooo, what's with the eye? And isn't logan in Hell?

Posted by InnerVenom123

The only difference between this team and the regular Avengers is the roster. That's it. They have no specific purpose, its just that Cage wanted his own team. Or, rather, they wanted their own team. Completely pointless.

Posted by Meteorite

I was disappointed with the first issue of New Avengers (Vol 2), but now I'm getting into it once more

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt
your half right.  Luke intended the team to be an New Avengers to be an avengers team to be one that does things their own way while bendis intends the team to be to version of the avengers bthat deals with magic and extradimensional crap
Posted by Midnight Monk

The concept was originally supposed to be a more street-level team but I'm still enjoying the magic element. Say what you want about New Avenger but it's still way better than the regular Avengers book

Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir

This little oral history is the highlight of Bendis' Avengers titles

Posted by RonaldBryan

The oral history at least helps take some of the strain off of the $3.99 price point. And I think it could turn into a pretty interesting book at some point if Bendis follows through with it that far.

Posted by Metatron_Da_Don
I don't like reading the oral histories at the back, reads like an essay. Can't wait for the fight next issue. I wonder if Wolvie will use spells.