Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Gerardo Sandoval
New Avengers follows Bobby DaCosta, aka Sunspot, as the new head of AIM, which he acquired during Jonathan’s Hickman’s run of Avengers. Now, this isn’t the old evil AIM you once knew. This is the All-New, All Different AIM, Avengers Idea Mechanics. And with a new AIM comes New Avengers, an unlikely team of heroes working together for the good of science! So how does this work out? Well, I’ll tell you!
Al Ewing, writer of Mighty Avengers and Loki: Agent of Asgard, pens New Avengers, and mostly does a good job of it. Using an extremely diverse and unlikely cast of characters, Ewing does his best at both bringing new ideas to the table, as well as staying true to many of the characters. Does he succeed? Sometimes. He nails Clint Barton and Sunspot, as well as Wiccan and Hulking’s relationship (He is a self-professed fan of Kieron Gillen’s Young Avengers), but has some missteps, especially when it came to Squirrel Girl. His characterization of her left a horrible taste in my mouth, she was so forced and cringeworthy. I personally enjoy Ryan North and Erica Henderson’s Squirrel Girl series, but I just found her supremely annoying in New Avengers. His writing of The Maker is also a bit off. He’s written a tad too snarky here, and isn’t as menacing as he should be. Overall, though, it’s nothing that I can’t look past.
As for the art, I must say that Gerardo Sandoval does a spectacular job on the art here. His lines are crisp, the faces are expressive, and the action is brilliantly done. There are a couple of spreads that are absolutely gorgeous, and really elevate the book. He gives every character a really unique look, and no one looks the same. I have to give a mention to Dono Sanchez Almara’s excellent, vibrant colour work, which perfectly compliments the pencils. I haven’t enjoyed Sandoval’s art on other books like Guardians 3000, but it really seems to fit here. I can’t exactly put my finger on why, but it just works.
The premise is really interesting, and although it isn’t the newest concept, it still isn’t quite derivative. The idea of a team of superheroes run by a corporation is very cool, and has a lot of potential. As far as I can see, New Avengers is aware of that potential, and sets itself up for big things. AIM’s reputation for being evil, along with the New Avengers basically being Sunspot’s own “task force” could make for some very interesting plots. As for what this specific arc is setting up, using Maker as a villain is a very bold choice coming out of Secret Wars, and his evil plan is really cool too. The ambition that this book brings to the table really makes for a satisfying read.