The new Champions (absolutely no relation to the 1970’s team) is continuing to come together. They have their membership established, as far as we know, but they are still working things out like who’s in charge, which comes up over and over this issue. Personally, I’d probably vote for Ms. Marvel, but who knows what’ll happen.
Viv, the teenage Vision (don’t look at me, I didn’t get that book) picks up some disturbing news broadcasts from Sharzad, another fictional Marvel country. This one is in the Middle East, and they end up dealing with the problem of girls being prevented, sometimes by force, from going to school. The new team goes there in their weird flying vehicle they ended up with to try and help, and find few easy answers. The underlying social issues are tricky and hard to deal with. The actual fight, a lot less so. Let’s face it, a team of supers (they don’t have any normals) is going to make short work of terrorists, no matter how well armed they are. The team makes new friends, strike a blow for equality and leaves. I’m not sure where they’re going, since as far as I know, they don’t have anything like a base as yet. They get a nasty surprise on the last page which is the big cliffhanger.
Plot: It’s a well done story, although I’d expect no less from Mark Waid. I’ll give them a 4 out of 5 for the plot.
Art: The art is decent. Nothing was bad, nothing really jumped out at me. I’ll say 3 out of 5 for the art.
Positives: It’s a new team full of enthusiasm and a real desire to make things better. I admire that. I don’t know a lot about all the characters (to me, Nova is Richard Rider, and I don’t know why Cho is now a Hulk or what’s up with Teen Vision), but they have their hearts in the right place. It’s a nasty social problem that I give them points for taking on.
Negatives: Aside from not knowing some of these characters, my only real problem is more conceptual than specific. I don’t know why we’ve reached the point in comics where every team has to be younger than the last, and why they keep doing new version of old characters. Some originals would be nice. Every single one of these is a retread of a different character, at least in name. And I say that as a fan of the new Ms. Marvel.
It’ll be interesting to see where the team goes from here, both in general and literally.
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Humberto Ramos
Colorist: Victor Olazaba
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover: Humberto Ramos and Edgar Delgado