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Review: New Avengers Finale

A fitting conclusion.


In the wake of Siege, the Avengers track down the hood to make him pay.
 

The Good

Two words... Bryan Hitch. Every comic he does is a blockbuster and this is no exception. The landscapes feel expansive, the panels are iconic, the characters look like real people. He's a living legend. Bendis' writing style matches Hitch's storytelling surprisingly well and there was a great sense of both realism and spectacle to this whole special. Luke Cage is, more or less, the star of this book and you can really get behind his drawing a line in the sand over the Hood's escape. Also, the reveal of how Cage decides to "play it smart" is really memorable. 
 
As great as Hitch's work is, the procession of guest pin-ups at the end by the likes of Leinil Francis Yu, Steve McNiven and others is a real treat. A great way to sum up the past six issues of storylines (even if Cage's whole accompanying monologue gets a little meandering).

The Bad

Hitch's art has evolved so much in its realism, it feels like he shouldn't be drawing superheroes anymore - - or, at least, traditional superheroes. Where other artists might fudge some details to compensate for the more ludicrous elements of a costume, he actual seems to figure out how they would work and real life. As anybody who's seen cosplayers at a convention can vouch for, though, there are a lot of costumes that just don't work in a reality. I felt that way about his depictions of Wolverine, in particular, but also Spider-Woman, Ms. Marvel and Iron Man. I almost wish he'd been allowed to redesign them to play better to his strengths, like the Ultimates' costumes.

The Verdict -  4/5

The memories of the Avengers Finale are still clear in my mind and this was a great complimenting bookend to that, recaping all the big storylines from New Avengers the way that Finale recounted all of the original Avengers' great adventures. This is a very satisfying conclusion to both Siege and the New Avengers volume. I just wish Hitch had been allowed to use costumes he designed, himself.
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Posted by carnivalofsins00

wolverine does look kinda weird though.

Posted by ImperiousRix

I loved Bryan Hitch's artwork on The Ultimates.  I agree it probably doesn't always fit with conventional superhero costumes, but it looks good from the cover art. 
Tried to get into the New Avengers when they were running concurrent with the Mighty Avengers, but never felt the team had a good "center".

Posted by goldenkey

Wolverine looks weak.  But Hitch is so DAMN amazing who cares.  One of the major let downs of the Ultimates was the Hitches suits were not continued (even if Hawkeye looks a lot better now with the face mask and target on his forehead, wish he looked that way in the 616). 
Posted by sora_thekey

To be honest I am not a big fan of Hitch's art... I loved it when he did Ultimates but for some reason or another I just don't like his art... It's probably what @Zack Freeman said:

 it feels like he shouldn't be drawing superheroes anymore

IDK but still this does not feel like a good way to end a series... NA #64 was such a bad last issue that I didn't even want to waste my time writing a review... but I probably will do it still... 
Posted by Icon

I'll miss this book, but I'm really looking forward to the "new" Avengers coming out. x]

Posted by ElJuano

Brightest Day 1 got a 5/5 and this ish got 4/5... REALLY???? I realize Babs reviewed that one but I thought for sure this one was a 5/5 overall. 

Posted by Derfla.Y.Levolcmp

The cover is the worst.  I throw up in my mouth a little bit when I see it.  It makes me sea sick.