If you read comics long enough, story types cycle around. This is especially true for origins and the founding of a team. The “All New, All Different” Avengers come together through the “many heroes cross paths during a fight” type that goes through the first three issues.
Iron Man, Thor (the new one), Ms. Marvel (also the new one), Nova (same), Captain America (and again), Spider-Man (Miles Morales version), and the Vision run into each other fighting Warbringer, an especially powerful Chitauri. The Chitauri, of course, are the alien race they made up for the Avengers movie. The heroes have to figure out how to work together, or at least get out of each others’ way, long enough to beat Warbringer and his enigmatic ally, Mr. Gryphon, who bought Avengers Tower.
The heroes have some secrets from each other, and at least one of them is acting really out of character. At the end, they beat Warbringer. Iron Man suggests they made a decent team and suggests they form a new version of the Avengers. That’s roughly how the first Avengers formed, except the bad guy was Loki and the suggestion to stay together was Ant-Man. Of course, back then stories went faster and it only took one issue.
Plot: It’s a decent team origin story. I like most of the characters involved (I still prefer Richard Rider as Nova). I don’t follow enough of the mainstream Marvel Universe to know why Iron Man had to sell off the Tower or why he seems to be a lot poorer now, but the story flows decently enough. I’ll give the plot a 3.5 out of 5.
Art: The cover by Alex Ross is gorgeous, but I’d expect nothing less. The interior art is good. All the characters look good and their various powers are handled well. I’ll give the art a 3 out of 5.
Positives: I like the collection of characters. It’s a good mix of new heroes and veterans. I’m looking forward to seeing them develop teamwork and learn from each other.
Negatives: I’m not wild about either the new Nova or the Chitauri (who were originally just stand ins for the Badoon, that Marvel Studios couldn’t use since they’re tied up with the X-Men rights). Thor is used like the original character, with none of the new tricks she’s picked up with Mjolnir.
There are almost as many Avengers books now as X-Men titles. This is the Avengers I’ll be sticking with, at least for now.
All New, All Different Avengers 1-3
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Adam Kubert
Colorist: Sonia Oback
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: Alex Ross