The new team is coming together. They’ve defeated their first foe, and are now trying to figure out where to go from there. Stark is having money problems, so a lot of the usual bells and whistles of being an Avenger are missing. Their headquarters is neither Mansion nor Tower, but an abandoned hangar in New Jersey that they are refitting. Stark does get one thing that most would consider an essential part of the Avengers experience- Jarvis.
The tour of headquarters (Avengers Hangar?) is interrupted when a major hurricane manifests in Atlantic City. Thor can’t just shut it down because it’s being caused by artificial means. I’m not sure how I feel about that idea. At any rate, it ends up being the work of a D-list villain who is on the payroll of a mysterious organization the Avengers (and I) are unfamiliar with.
In addition to Jarvis and the villain battle, there’s a lot of team interaction. The characters are still getting to know each other, so there’s not really a team dynamic in place. There are certainly some surprises for a lot of the team. One of them makes a comment that leads a few of the others to wonder if this hero is an impostor of some kind. There’s going to be a lot of suspicion on this team, I think.
Plot: I’ll give the plot a 3 out of 5. We’re still in the “get to know everyone” stage, so there’s not a lot of complication woven in yet.
Art: The art is good. I like how the various Avengers were depicted. I’ll say 3.5 out of 5 for the art. And the Alex Ross cover is gorgeous.
Positives: Jarvis is back, which is always good. I like the new Thor’s attitude, which makes a lot of sense if you’ve been following her book. The younger heroes being a bit uncertain of some of the older ones makes sense.
Negatives: I can see why those who have secret identities are keeping them, but I hope that doesn’t go on too long. The “budget Avengers” is a phase I also hope passes quickly. I’m really not sure about the “Thor can’t disperse or control storms that come from artificial sources” idea.
I like team books, I like the Avengers, and I’m getting most of these characters’ solo books. It’ll be interesting to see how the team shapes up over time.
All-New All-Different Avengers 4
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Mahmud Asaar
Colorist: Dave McCaig
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: Alex Ross