Our critical rundown of the All-New All-Different Marvel line moves on to the seven Avengers (or Avengers-adjacent) team titles, which includes three teams with Avengers in the name, plus A-Force, the mighty Ultimates, a bunch of villains stealing an old Avengers-related name, and the Squadron Supreme, who aren't really Avengers at all, but we don't have a Justice League section.
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We like diversity here at ComicsAlliance. We've said it before, and we'll say it again. We're also big fans of superheroes, and that probably goes without saying.
We especially like diversity with our superheroes. Diversity broadens the genre's reach, encourages respect and understanding of people's differences, and gives minority audiences more chances to see themselves in fiction, and those are all great things. Because of this, we've come up with a new way to look at diversity in superhero comics - particularly team books. We call it the Harvey/Renee Index.
Last week's Uncanny Avengers, by Rick Remender and Steve McNiven, killed off a whole bunch of characters. The last issue of Avengers Arena, by Dennis Hopeless and Kev Walker, came out the same day with that book's final death tally. It was a good day for funeral directors in the Marvel universe.
The deaths in these two titles ran the gamut from newly minted minor characters seemingly created just so they could die to major Marvel heroes with substantial fanbases and decades of history. Does that distinction matter in a genre that takes such a light view of death?
Spoilers for Uncanny Avengers and Avengers Arena follow.
Uncanny Avengers #5 was mostly a strong issue, the best of the series so far, in part because it gave readers the clearest sense of the team's dynamic and purpose, and in part because the guest art from Olivier Coipel was exceptional...
Marvel's released a first look at the cover for Age of Ultron #7, written by Brian Michael Bendis and featuring art from Bryan Hitch, Brandon Peterson and Carlos Pacheco. The first three issues will be released in March, with thrice-monthly and twice-monthly releases to follow, along with assorted tie-ins in Superior Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, Wolverine and the X-Men, Fantastic Four and the book simply dubbed Ultron...
Even with only one issue released so far, Uncanny Avengers has become one of the comics I'm looking forward to the most. The combination of Marvel's two most well-known -- and profitable -- franchises may have seemed like a no-brainer, but writer Rick Remender came out swinging with a first issue that just went for it, and ended up being one of the most fun times I've had reading comics in quite a while...