Wednesday, February 6, 2013

NB of the Week


New Avengers #3 - Infinity
Written by Jonathan Hickman
Drawn by Steve Epting

When the Illuminati formed, they had to think large. It would fall upon them to help guide the course of their world and the world is a heavy responsibility. But what if there were two worlds? Or three or four? How heavy would the burden be if you found out that every possible world in every possible dimension was in danger of collapsing in on each other?
That's the weight the new Illuminati must face.
This issue begins with a new member taking the place of the now deceased Charles Xavier: Hank McCoy. Having had a memory released and finding the Mind Gem, Beast is brought into the fold. Their plan is to wield the Infinity Gauntlet in order to will/force the collapsing dimension out of theirs and save both. If this works, they could possibly save everything. Alas, nothing is ever that easy. As they get warning that their incursion is happening, they find the focal point and bring out the Gauntlet. After deciding that Captain America will be the one to use it, they all have no choice but to watch as Steve wills his hardest into being. And is successful. Mostly.
There is some kind of "feedback" from the event and all are shocked to see that the Time Gem has disappeared and all five other gems have been shattered. Now they are back to where they began and without their main plan. Hours later, they all sit down to decide the next course of action. As Steve pleads his case that no dimension should be killed in order to save another, he is left stunned as each member goes against him in his belief. As he sternly stares at Tony Stark, he makes his clear point,
"We're doing this for the right reasons. There's no other choice. It's the lesser of two evils. Isn't that right, brother?"
"Dammit, Steve. Why do you always have to be this way? I'm sorry... I'll find some way to make this right."
And as a confused Steve looks forward, Dr. Strange comes in and wipes Steve's memory clear everything. The Illuminati are now one less and that weight just got a little heavier.

If you are not reading this book, shame on you. It really is that simple in my book.


  1. Holy crap! This is all gonna end badly.

  2. It's a rare thing to find a comic where you have no idea where it's heading. Three issues and I have been surprised one way or another in each.