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Pav




So, what did everyone think of the issue?

Because I've only been buying NA (and have interest in Daredevil) for the Hood's appearances, I might have a different perspective. But I thought the issue was solid. Nothing spectacular, but nothing terrible.

After being quite wary of Bendis' portrayal of Parker Robbins, I'm pretty satisfied now. No two writers are going to have the exact same characterization for any character, and when I read the Hood, he still sounds reasonably the same as he did before. However, he's obviously upgraded his powers. Bendis decided to skip past some important events - Parker confiding in his cousin, presumably some sort of confrontation with the demon he got his powers from - and I hope that we get to see what happened soon.

As far as the battle went, I do agree that some of the villains in the Hood's group should not be there. (Regardless of whether the Wizard wants the safety of being in a group of confiding associates or not, Vermin couldn't care less about money. He's a freakin' rat-man.) But whatever, I try not to get hung up on little things like that, and I HOPE that Bendis uses some of the "what the...?" characters as Skrull infiltrators. (Even if he didn't originally mean to, it's the perfect opportunity.)

The battle scene in this issue (like the other big battles) is probably pretty realistic of how it would happen in our world - but for a comic, it just seems too convoluted and messy. I think it's a fine line, but I'll sacrifice "realness" for a battle that I don't have to decipher like a novel from my 19th Century British Fiction class.

Finally, I've seen that some people didn't care for the explanation of why Doc Strange has been underpowered as of late. I don't see any problem with it. Considering how long ago the writers came up with their stories, and that Bendis is obviously well aware of what was planned in WWH, I don't see a problem with having the results crossover into NA (except that maybe now readers would have to do a bit of work on chronology of issues).

All in all, a good issue. I haven't looked, but I seem to recall that the Hood storyline is done for now in NA. But Marvel may have hooked another sucker. Due to Parker's appearances in DD, I'm considering buying all of Brubaker's run although I've never had any interest in the character. But sometimes good writing makes that unnecessary.

-Pav, who would kill for a chance to write either a Hood series or a Hood/Gravity series...


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CPP




> So, what did everyone think of the issue?

Disappointed in its averageness.


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AceKing47




> > So, what did everyone think of the issue?
>
> Disappointed in its averageness.

Ditto. Not much in the way of plot: there's a big fight, and then Doc Strange knocks everyone out. The end. It really wasn't worth the wait... or the price.


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Los Vengadore




> > > So, what did everyone think of the issue?
> >
> > Disappointed in its averageness.
>
> Ditto. Not much in the way of plot: there's a big fight, and then Doc Strange knocks everyone out. The end. It really wasn't worth the wait... or the price.

I was kind of annoyed that they went through all the trouble of naming the Hood's entire army on the preview page, and then guys like Mandrill and Shockwave ended up sneaking in out of nowhere towards the end of the issue. It's like, what was the point of the roll call, then?


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Blargh




You should. Both Bendis' and Brubaker's run on Daredevil have been pretty good, if not amazing.

> All in all, a good issue. I haven't looked, but I seem to recall that the Hood storyline is done for now in NA. But Marvel may have hooked another sucker. Due to Parker's appearances in DD, I'm considering buying all of Brubaker's run although I've never had any interest in the character. But sometimes good writing makes that unnecessary.
>
> -Pav, who would kill for a chance to write either a Hood series or a Hood/Gravity series...


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tenno




This was a fight issue. But I totally agree that the fight was really hard to follow. Did Wolvering stick Luke Cage to block some bullets? I had to look, like, nine whole times.
But I also think we'll be coming back to this issue during the Skrull business for some subtle hints dropped all over the place.
Meanwhile, I love to see Jones knocking on the giant Avengers door. What is that an homage to? It smacks of something.
I have no idea how World War Hulk fits in to this right now. Grrr...


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Simon Williams




In 30 years plus of reading Avengers this was one of the best weeks ever with Mighty 8, NA Annual 2, Initiative and the over achieving HOM arriving at once. Sure the issue was mostly a big fight with many villains getting little to no coverage but the issue was also emotionally gripping and forwarded the plot some.

1. Strange is seemingly leaving the team and abandoning the team.
2. Jessica is registering and abandoning Luke to protect their child.
3. Wong Unleashed!

Sometimes New Avengers reads like the book of Job. What will Bendis put these poor guys through next?






> This was a fight issue. But I totally agree that the fight was really hard to follow. Did Wolvering stick Luke Cage to block some bullets? I had to look, like, nine whole times.
> But I also think we'll be coming back to this issue during the Skrull business for some subtle hints dropped all over the place.
> Meanwhile, I love to see Jones knocking on the giant Avengers door. What is that an homage to? It smacks of something.
> I have no idea how World War Hulk fits in to this right now. Grrr...


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The Black Guardian




> In 30 years plus of reading Avengers this was one of the best weeks
> ever with Mighty 8, NA Annual 2, Initiative and the over achieving
> HOM arriving at once. Sure the issue was mostly a big fight with
> many villains getting little to no coverage but the issue was also
> emotionally gripping and forwarded the plot some.
>
> 1. Strange is seemingly leaving the team and abandoning the team.
> 2. Jessica is registering and abandoning Luke to protect their child.
> 3. Wong Unleashed!
>
> Sometimes New Avengers reads like the book of Job. What will Bendis
> put these poor guys through next?

It was good to see Tigra get some licks in, as well.

Otherwise though, I was fairly disappointed.
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Obstreperous




> So, what did everyone think of the issue?
> it was great... every one complains Strange isn't used to his potential.. and in this issue we see how easily he can take out a whole army. Very sad to see him go.. hope it won't last.
With the exit of Spider woman and Strange.. the line up is a bit more dull. if Spider man goes we will be left with a bunch of ninjas and street heroes.
I like that Tiger came to help.. and Carol letting them go... can't wait for Secret Invasion.


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