OSBORN'S AVENGERS RE-ASSEMBLE
Norman Osborn has recreated H.A.M.M.E.R., joined with HYDRA and A.I.M., and now is setting his sights on creating a new team of Dark Avengers. As he travels the globe looking for his various teammates, the allusion to his plan chills all of those involved, and adds surprising members to the team.
Written by Brian Michael Bendis and drawn by Mike Deodato Jr., this issue of The New Avengers was the classic "gettin' the team together" story. It featured Osborn traversing the globe and assembling his Dark Avengers team with some surprising candidates. The only thing that I didn't really get was why he was making all of them pretend to be members of the real Avengers team again. It seems like that motif was already visited and that at this point, since the heroes are all back after the events of Civil War and Secret Invasion, that it wouldn't be possible to pose as the traditional heroes. To be honest, it'll all be worth it if we get Iron Patriot back.
The story was a typical setup arc, but it wasn't bad, it had a great flow to it. I did really enjoy getting to see various aspects of Osborn's personality as he dealt with the various new team members. The artwork was pretty good, not the best, but decent. It didn't have too much range considering that it was mostly an issue of talking heads, but it's still better than some issues of this series that I've seen before.
All in all I'd say this issue is a 3.5/5. Not the best, not the worst, just average. I am excited to see the Dark Avengers return, that's for sure.