A menace from a past
they would rather soon forget, returns to haunt the New Avengers in
a story written by Brian Michael Bendis. First the good: The Thor
clone who caused so much pain and grief during Civil War looks truly
menacing and intimidating thanks to Mike Deodato's pencils and Paul
Mounts' colors. No one does Thor like Deodato, after all, he's had
more than 16 years of experience drawing him; the whole battle
sequence is stunning.
Now the bad: Despite the nice artwork, the arc is still a rehash of
storylines that are relatively recent; the clone, the Dark Avengers,
and Tommy Lee Jones... er... Norman Osborne, are all elements from
events that are still fresh. Then there's Wolverine again being
ridiculously indestructible, and the lack of attention to other team
members. Why isn't Daredevil front and center? Why is Ms. Marvel
being used as background filler? I liked this issue only for the
confrontation, but everything else around it is just forgettable.