Review: New Avengers #11

1In the wake of Standoff, the New Avengers and A.I.M. have to pick up the pieces and move on in the new directions they have been sent in.  This issue focuses on Wiccan/Demiurge, Hulkling and Squirrel Girl trying to figure out how to be the new New Avengers, and unfortunately, the beginning of the journey is not an exciting one.

New Avengers #11 is broken down into mini ‘chapters’, following the trio as they try to figure out what their next move will be. The first stop is to the Scarlet Witch, the sort of mother to Wiccan/Demiurge (and for that to be explained, you should read The Children’s Crusade story in Young Avengers..so good!) discussing mostly the upcoming marriage of Billy to Teddy, the change to Billy’s codename and the offer to help him with his powers. It was a very strange exchange that felt very out of sorts. We also catch up with Hawkeye (Clint, not Kate) and how he is dealing with his situation after Standoff. Songbird then pays him an unexpected visit, that feels quite tense after what happened (read Standoff, I don’t want to spoil anything). We then have the villain of the issue make their appearance that brings the few characters together and gives us, what looks like to be the new New Avengers.

I have to be honest, this issue was a huge let down after the Standoff tie in issues.  With the events of that arc, things were moving in new directions that looked to be promising…but it seems this title is moving right back to what it was and not what it could have been.  Al Ewing gives a pretty dull story and some of the characterizations are way off from what we know these characters to be; Scarlet Witch was TOTALLY off…especially her flip comment about ridding mutants off the planet. Her feelings on that matter have been explored quite a bit, and I doubt she would make such an off hand remark. And the brief appearance of Captain America (Steve Rogers) had me wondering if he was maybe a Skrull or something as again, it didn’t seem like the character readers know. And WOW was the villain just bad. I’m not familiar with The Plunderer, but it was painful to read his dialogue.

I was also a little disappointed to see Gerardo Sandoval back doing art for the title.  Not that I don’t like his work…I just haven’t been the biggest fan of his depictions of these characters.  During Standoff, Marcus To did a fantastic job of bringing life to these characters; and Sandoval just brings odd proportions and strange facial expressions.  He handled the battle scene well enough, but I definitely felt something lacking.

Overall, I was let down by this issue. Standoff seemed to spark something in this book that really had me thinking ‘ok NOW we’re going somewhere’ and this just feels pretty much where it left off before those events. Yeah, there’s a little information dropped at the end about a character, but it induced an eye roll rather then any genuine excitement or satisfaction. I really am disappointed this title fell so far from its Standoff tie ins, and I hold little hope that it can reclaim what could have been.

*apologies for the number of times Standoff appears.

Story: Al Ewing Art: Gerardo Sandoval
Story: 5 Art: 6 Overall: 5.5 Recommendation: Pass