The Avengers are the biggest talk of the summer with Infinity War blowing our collective minds, but back in the comic world, the team is in their own shake-up. As part of Marvel’s new Legacy project, each of Marvel’s mainstay titles have been re-launched once again. Unlike some of the hard to swallow re-launches though, this one is more of a reworking to calm down the last decade or so of craziness.
The Avengers are at the centre stage of it all, of course, and the first storyline involves an invasion of not only an army of bug monsters but the Celestials as well. It is up to this new assemblage of Avengers to find the answers to this galactic mystery and save the Earth once again.
Odin! When last we left, Thor had taken She-Hulk to Asgard in order to confront his father and find answers about the Celestial invasion. While Thor’s relationship with his father has always been rocky this cover would insinuate that things are going to get bad. It’s an eye-catching cover though and makes the heroes look pretty bad-ass.
Tony Stark had divided the Avengers in hopes of finding some answers to their problem. Black Panther and Captain Marvel make some progress in discovering where the bug creatures came from. Tony and Doctor Strange have discovered that the Eternals have killed themselves because of some connection to the Celestials. She-Hulk and Thor fail to find the answers they seek but are given a weapon that could change the course of the battle, or destroy everything.
Meanwhile, Cap is still getting answers out of Loki while being trapped in the North Pole. Loki reveals a darker history to the Earth than anyone would have guessed and the Celestials prepare for devastation. But, an unlikely hero is here to save Cap and the day, the new Ghost Rider.
A lot of information dumping as the characters put the pieces together. I am surprised by how much Marvel Universe history is involved in this book. As opposed to the rest of the Legacy stories, Avengers seems to be going big. But, it seems like a lot of this story would be lost on new readers who have no history with the Celestials. Or, maybe it makes enough sense for newbies and I, as a long-time reader, am convoluting things for myself.
This issue was mostly about progressing the story to the next stage. While it offered us a lot of information on the battle ahead, it didn’t do much for character dynamics or action. That is fine, especially considering that the next issue was due to follow up in just two weeks, this upcoming Wednesday. If this is all a move to get pieces ready for a wonderful conclusion than I am on board. But, I am anxious to see this team settle in and take the Avengers into the new phase of Marvel.