Review: New Avengers #8

New Avengers 8The New Avengers make their presence known in the latest event from Marvel, Standoff.  I thought I was sure which way this team would lean in the coming stand-off (pardon the pun), but I didn’t guess it would come out the way it did.

*I don’t want to give away any spoilers to anyone who hasn’t started reading the event, so I’ll keep specifics out of this review.

The New Avengers receive a message that lets them know what Maria Hill and S.H.I.E.L.D. has been up to regarding Pleasant Hill.  Roberto has the team assembled, along with all of AIM island patched in, and gives them all the chance to vote on how they will react to the information they have received.  The result is for the New Avengers to get involved and do what they can…which means operating on US soil and risking their actions to be seen as an act of war.  Not all of the team agree with this course of action, and those who vote NO are sent away from the team…and told they now represent The New Avengers.  The remaining team makes their move on S.H.I.E.L.D. and reveals themselves to them, as well as the government who does indeed take their actions as an act of war.

Al Ewing does a great job of making this a tie-in issue that feels part of the whole event, instead of some throw away like so many other tie-ins that just want to make the characters presence known.  The team takes a new turn, which will impact the title as it moves forward, giving a very interesting direction I look forward to following.  And to turn it up, he throws in an unexpected reveal that caught me off guard that has me excited to see how the inevitable revelation will again change this team.  In the negative column, the government’s response to the New Avengers actions made me roll my eyes…hard.  It just came off as silly, seeing a government official make such a serious declaration with, what I thought, was a ridiculous response.

I was more than impressed with Marcus To’s art, and think he is a very welcome addition to this book.  From the beginning of this title, I didn’t really feel that Gerardo Sandoval was a great fit; I wasn’t a fan of his interpretations of the characters, and as a whole, it made the book feel to ‘Saturday morning cartoon’ for me.  To, on the other hand, really brings a more natural feeling to the characters.  It really felt like a better fit with the tone of this story.

Overall, I really enjoyed this new arc for the book, especially after what I thought was a less than stellar arc with Wiccan or Demiurge or whatever he’s calling himself now and that space wizard (I don’t remember the name; actually I am choosing not to remember).  The events in this book take the team in an interesting new direction, and I am looking forward to see how it moves forward. I am also looking forward to seeing how the members who were sent away carry on as Avengers.  And lastly, I really hope Marcus To sticks around as the artist on this book.  His work, along with this story, really renewed my faith in this book and hope it stays the course.

Story: Al Ewing Art: Marcus To
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy