10 Thoughts on The New Avengers #5 by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen (Review)

New Avengers #5

Written by Brian Bendis

Art by Stuart Immonen

1. Bendis and Immonen clear up who the main villain as the heroes figure out a manner to try and stop their enemy.

2. The book opens with a two page flash-back of the Hand being hired to take the Eye of Agamotto from Dr. Strange and utterly failing when Strange shows up.  I miss Sorcerer Supreme Strange.  If not Strange, then please Hellstrom?  Jericho Drumm is boring!

3. Literally the only scene in this issue I didn’t like is Hawkeye getting up, brushing off a car on top of him, and leaving the team.  It’s out of character and out of his possible powers.

4. So, the enemy here is Agamotto who wants his eye back, not the Ancient One who trained Dr. Strange. It’s pretty awesome that Iron Fist was flat out tricked and that a random joke by Spider-Man turns out to reveal the truth.

5.  Bendis writes a great Thing.  He’s experienced and savvy throughout the issue, while simultaneously remaining fun.

6. Jericho’s idea of challenging Agamotto is mildly insane, but really, the only option since he can otherwise send limitless enemies from the light dimension.

7. Wolverine being the one to take the group’s power into battle is very logical.  With Voodoo advising, his skills should give anyone trouble backed by the entire team’s powers.

8. Stuart Immonen remains one of the best artists today, but I still kind of hope this gets canned so we can get more Nextwave.

9. <b>Guest Thought from <a href=http://insidepulse.com/insider/grahamscherl/ target=new>Grey Scherl:</a></b>Funniest part of the issue? Hawkeye quitting, “Avengers Priority Call”, and then Spidey mentions he’s on that team and never got one. I love Clint.

10. <B>Rating: 9/10</b> – This is the best issue of Avengers Bendis has ever written.  He has a fully established threat, a plot that is building with good complications and misdirection, great, expressive art, and really good, but not over-the-top characterization through dialogue.

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