Friday, September 14, 2007

New Avengers 34: Skrulls Need Not Apply

New Avengers 34: "Trust, Part Three" (Bendis & Yu).

There is a Skrull story coming, right? The "Trust" storyline is based on the concept of (wait for it ...) trust, stemming from the revelation that Elektra was a Skrull and the New Avengers don't really know each other all that well, so no one knows who they can trust and who they can't and ... and ...

Well, two issues ago there was this whole matter of a plane crashing and Spider-Woman maybe or maybe-not being a Skrull and ... and ...

And since then the Skrull plot got hijacked by the arrival of the Hood plot last issue and that led into this issue's Wolverine v. Hood throwdown and ... and ...

And now the Hood plot has been hijacked by the Symbiote plot.

What?

Exactly.

I understand what Bendis is getting at - that life is so busy that you can't always deal with whatever issue you want to deal with in a given moment. The Hood is going to send Deathlok against the Mighty Avengers so you head to Avengers Tower to protect the people who want to arrest you and ... and ...

And there's a whole mess of symbiotes running around and causing confusion. Which makes sense, because over in Mighty Avengers, that team is fighting ... um ... isn't the Ultron story still going on? Did I completely miss the end of that story or has it not come out yet?

I guess I don't really mind all the new stories getting in the way of old stories since that's been a consistent theme throughout New Avengers and Bendis has announced that all of this will come to a head in the 8-issue Secret Invasion mini-series coming out in April 2008 that Bendis promises will put:

"the exclamation point on this Skrull story. The miniseries in and of itself has a beginning, middle and end like Civil War, but if you’ve been following what’s been going on – it’s a huge payoff, but if you’re just reading Secret Invasion, you’ll get a full, large-scale Marvel Universe story. The conspiratorial aspects of the story pour through both Avengers titles, and then comes to a head in Secret Invasion. Whoever is a Skrull is revealed right away, their plan is revealed and executed and things are left changed. Once you find out who’s a Skrull and who’s not, you’ll see that it’s impossible to put things back the way they were. And like I said – that’s a part of the story. The one thing that identifies this storyline and why I’m so excited to do it, because I’m one of the people responsible for all of the divisions within the Marvel Universe – this story certainly has the ability to be the uniter, uniting things for the first time in literally three years, or even more. There’s nothing like having someone else’s ass to kick to pull all the sides together. But the pieces will definitely be in place to see something that we haven’t seen in a long time."

Great, but does that mean we have to wait until January 2009 to see the Hood story continue?

Don't get me wrong - Secret Invasion sounds awesome and with Bendis and Yu working together I'm sure it'll be great. But what about now?

Now we've still got the New Avengers working through trust issues and Doc Strange has to cast another spell to try and convince everyone they are who they say they are. This time around it's a spell that reveals a "visual projection of the true nature of the individual," which would have some suspense if you didn't see the cover.

NA 34 is a weird reading experience - there's both lots of things happening and lots of nothing happening. It's like being in a car that's spinning its wheels incredibly fast - fast enough to get the car to slide around a bit but not really move forward. Then when it does it lurches and you end up someplace other than where you thought you'd be. When Bendis is writing dialogue like he does here I could read him all day, yet eventually I'd like to see some conflicts resolved. I want to see what happened with Spider-Woman. I want to know what's going on with Skrull Elektra's body. I want to see Deathlok kicking some ass. I want to see a conflict between Avengers New and Mighty ...

But I wouldn't be surprised at all if we all tuned in next issue and instead of battling symbiotes the New Avengers ended up having a picnic with Woodgod.

Which would be cool, but I'd like to see the book move forward instead of continually moving sideways.

5 comments:

Lamar The Revenger said...

don't they have to finish world war hulk first? i'm waiting the end of that patiently.

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Van Allen Plexico said...

>>with Bendis and Yu working together I'm sure it'll be great<<

I nearly hurt myself laughing when I read that line.

MBQ said...

Hey, I didn't say everyone would love it, but since I've liked what they've done in NA together, I'm guessing I'll like it just fine.

baloo said...

I've actually started to like New Avengers lately. It's improved. Your review of the newest issue is spot on, but for some reason I'm liking it more. I still don't like Yu's art on this series, but the stories are solid.