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New Avengers #13 - Inhumanity Review

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In the wake of Infinity and at the mouth of Inhumanity, the Illuminati must face the fact that the Incursions will not stop.

The Good

Fresh off what can only be called a huge win, Jonathan Hickman goes right back to what made New Avengers so appealing in the first place: heady, bizarre high-concept sci-fi. When we last left Marvel’s brain trust, they’d gotten a cryptic warning, or perhaps statement of fact, that everything dies. Unwilling to take accept this, the Illuminati work on a way that they might be able to observe Incursion Earths, but we’ve already had a glimpse of one and the absolute cataclysmic forces at work on it in the form of a new group of villains called simply the Black Priests. Hickman has perfectly integrated the end of Infinity with this issue, scarcely losing a single step in the process as he picks up the storyline from before the event. Black Swan is as baffling as ever, Beast is the optimist, Reed the dreamer, Tony the pragmatist and T’Challa the driving force with Black Bolt as tactician. But what of Doctor Strange? His turn is actually the one I’m most fascinated by as Hickman seems poised to return the good doctor’s teeth to him. But, of course, this being magic it won’t be without horrible, horrible sacrifice. The concepts introduced here are some of the absolute best and most fascinating I’ve seen since...well, when Hickman began the series.

Simone Bianchi steps up on the linework and his muddy, fractured style compliments the series perfectly. Contrary to Deodato’s clean, brisk characters, Bianchi makes everything into a surreal mass, but one that can still be discerned. What little action there is flows well enough, but, as is often the case with this title, the scenes of dialog are the highlights and Bianchi makes them all have a bizarre, interesting quality. A huge part of that is also the colors by Adriano Dell’Alpi and they bring all the strange, wonderful imagery to particulated, twisted life.

The Bad

This, as often is the case, is not the easiest comic to follow. The frequent jumps from one dimension to the next coupled with creating new villains whole cloth, so there’s no reference point and, of course, there’s the sci-fi jargon that can be difficult to comprehend. The first several pages especially, as the Mirror that will allow them to look across dimensions is constructed, is a bit of a head-scratcher.

The Verdict

The above can be easily solved with repeated reading, and I absolutely love all the potential that gets introduced here. I’m especially enamored of Doctor Strange as I think, lately, he’s been underutilized due to his tendency to become too ridiculously overpowered. I think with a steady hand, he could be reined in and have some very, very interesting stories around him. The seamless transition from one storyline to the next means this can be picked up by new readers, but will most definitely be enjoyed by stalwarts as well.

35 Comments
Posted by Oscars94

The Illuminati will be judged for what they've done. And that will be another Marvel event.

Posted by GrenadeFlow

I wasn't the biggest fan of the art but I really enjoyed the story. The Black Priests look more threatening than the Builders alreay

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

If you'v been reading Hickmans books for a while you get used to his craziness and start to pick up a few of his tells when he's leading up to something

Posted by batmannflash

very excited for this!

Posted by PeppeyHare

Love Hickman's avengers/new avengers stuff

Edited by spinningbirdcake

Oh god Bianchi so fits this book.

I got this and Manhattan Projects in the same week. Hickman overload.

Edited by Wolverine08

Looks beastly.

Posted by Hawkguy

Loved it. From the art to the black priests to the dialogue. Brilliant!

Edited by Maddpanda531

I've been excited, since the series started, to see an Illuminati from another Earth. It's funny how the book with the least amount of action has been one of the most exciting reads.

Edited by saucygiraffe

I wonder what's up with the Black Priest's eye on their masks? Is there a connection to Doctor Strange?

Posted by J_HickmanIsGod

i just dont question Hickman anymore.

he shit is perfect

Edited by BlackBolt87

By and by New Avengers has been one of, if not, my favorite books this year.

Posted by Fenderxx

The art change really through me off at first, but I do really like it, this series continues to be fantastic !

Posted by TobenRacicot

i just dont question Hickman anymore.

he shit is perfect


yes. yes it is.

I liked this issue. I think having this secret organization inside of the Marvel universe and more so inside of the Avengers is really cool. Also that the threat they face is new and unknown and by the sounds of things from Black Swan, SUPER DANGEROUS!

I'll read whatever Hickman does at Marvel. Infinity is something i will read and reread and rereread. Count it.

Posted by Novemberx2

the art was problematic, the fact that the parallel universe had Iron Man in the silly black and yellow made it confusing to tell if this was happening in the current universe or not from time to time.

Inhumanity tie-in was a bit of a lie

I also feel that the black priests were robbed of their scary doctor who esque presence when the masks where removed and they spoke. but as we know there is still plenty of things out there in multiverse.

Definitely not as exciting as last issue, still very good.

Edited by ScumDestroy

@saucygiraffe: I don't think there is a connection, as they mention they are beyond magic and science as a base of their powers, although it is possible that Strange could be examining some otherworldy power base they derive their powers from in the page where he is going way deep.

Edited by DatHomieSilverSurfer

black swan is a total babe

Edited by TheMarvelFanboy
Posted by GrenadeFlow
Posted by The_Titan_Lord

Nice.

Edited by Owie

Great issue. I wasnt' as much of a fan of Infinity, so I was glad we're past that here. This whole convergence storyline is interesting, but it's been drawn out a bit, and Infinity just made that worse. So it's good to be back to the actual story and moving it along finally. I like the Black Priests, and am looking forward to what happens with Strange as well. I really liked the art a lot.

Posted by SavageDragon

Is Bianchi the new artist for teh foreseeable future or is he just a fill in? I gotta say I liked Deadotto's art wayyyyyy more than Bianchi.

Posted by Teerack

I wonder when the artist will notice he's drawing beast wrong haha.

Posted by Jake Fury

@jonny_anonymous: Can I skip Infinity and jump right in with this issue? Just read the first 6 issues.

Edited by GrenadeFlow

Is Bianchi the new artist for teh foreseeable future or is he just a fill in? I gotta say I liked Deadotto's art wayyyyyy more than Bianchi.

he's the artist for the next two issues then Rag Morales takes over

@jonny_anonymous: Can I skip Infinity and jump right in with this issue? Just read the first 6 issues.

You should check out the infinity tie ins, they were excellent and the plot for the book moved along with it. You might get lost if they reference certain things that happened if you skip it

Posted by Jake Fury

@grenadeflow: Oh thanks, not sure if I am going to read Infinity or not until it's released in hardcover.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@grenadeflow: Oh thanks, not sure if I am going to read Infinity or not until it's released in hardcover.

You don't need to read Infinity but it would be a good idea, they way Hickman writes he ties everything to the big picture so things that happen all the way through his run will mean something in the long term.

Posted by Recap_Podcast

Your review is spot on, with the alternate earths and new villains starting to make more appearances, they need to make the distinctions much clearer. Also, the Illuminate seem to be starting a collection of extra-dimensional refugees. What's going to happen with them?

Furthermore, will the implications of not bothering to save anyone from other earths come into question?

Posted by VoodooPenguin

he's the artist for the next two issues then Rag Morales takes over

4 artists in 16 issues. This is getting ridiculous, man.

Posted by GrenadeFlow

@grenadeflow said:

he's the artist for the next two issues then Rag Morales takes over

4 artists in 16 issues. This is getting ridiculous, man.

Valerio Schiti takes over after Rag Morales lol

Posted by VoodooPenguin

@voodoopenguin said:
@grenadeflow said:

he's the artist for the next two issues then Rag Morales takes over

4 artists in 16 issues. This is getting ridiculous, man.

Valerio Schiti takes over after Rag Morales lol

Jesus Christ