Just when you thought you knew everything about the Marvel Universe, it turns out there's some secret gatherings we didn't know about.
Every once in a while we're subjected to secret histories in comics. Vengeance feels like it came out of no where but that sneak attack is a good thing here. There is a new Teen Brigade and what's awesome is we are seeing some characters that have been stuck in Comic Book Limbo for too long. We also see a new character that has been operating on the D.L. There is a sense of confusion as we are just getting a glimpse into this corner of the Marvel Universe and that gives the feeling that something bigger is lurking under the surface.
Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta are giving us what looks like another big event but one that the overall Marvel Universe is unaware of. There are several guest appearances and it further brings the feeling that this is something that is happening and not just another mini-series contained in it's own continuity. I may not fully know what's going on but reading this issue makes me want to find out.
The new character, Ultimate Nullifier, is an ass. That is the intention. We can't always have characters that are likable. Magneto's portrayal was...interesting. I assume by one reference that this story is occurring in the presence yet his actions don't seem to be officially sanctioned by the X-Men.
Not every mini-event in comics should be the major focus in that comic universe. Vengeance feels like it sprung out of no where and that's a good thing. We're seeing several characters that haven't been seen in comics lately as well as others in little cameos that gives this book a realistic feel. This feeling of the unknown makes me want to find out what this mini-series is about. Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta do a great job in setting up the story and pulling you in. Magneto feels a little off and Red Skull's flashback isn't fully explained but that's what adds to making me want to come back for issue #2.