Review: Avengers #0

Avengers 0 CoverThe kickoff to the All-New Avengers line begins here, with new stories of the All-New, All-Different Avengers, Squadron Supreme, A-Force, New Avengers, Ultimates and Uncanny Avengers! Someone is carefully studying the movements of the Avengers and those in their orbit-but do they mean to harm, or help? Find out the first clues in this special launch issue!

Avengers #0 totally caught me off guard, as the comic has much more in common with a Marvel Point One comic (one is out this week) than a “zero” issue. If anything you can call this “All-New, All-Different Avengers Point One” to get a sense of what’s inside. That’s not a bad thing in this case.

This issue lays the groundwork, so it seems, with the Squadron Supreme acting as the center of the various teases of the new Avengers teams and comics. What’s really interesting though is that the comic sets up conflict, a lot of it, as the Squadron Supreme is presented as sizing up and gathering information on the various Avengers incarnations.

This is pretty cool in that it sets the status-quo for us to quickly find out why each of these Avengers team are different, and what sets them apart from each other. It’s intelligent storytelling and also a subtle advertisement for the half-dozen series that’ll make up the core of this line of comics.

Some of it is familiar, and some of it is completely new… Captain Marvel and Alpha Flight!? But, it comes off as setting up the various new series as exciting and a grand adventure.

The comic does its job in teaching us about the other series, it sets the tone nicely. It got me excited for the new line of comics. It got me to understand the difference between the various teams. It also set up what looks like some coming conflict…. Squadron Supreme looks as awesome as I was expecting it to.

Overall, the comic is solid, and the reason I gave this a “buy” as opposed to the other Point One out this week is that this one looks like it really is the beginning of a greater story as opposed to just teasing a bunch. Not a bad start, not bad at all.

Story: James Robinson, Mark Waid, Gerry Duggan, Al Ewing, G. Willow Wilson
Art: Mahmud Asrar, Ryan Stegman, Victor Ibanez, Kenneth Rocafort, Gerardo Sandoval, Leonard Kirk
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review