Oh yeah, the whole Marvel Universe ended. You knew that, right? Well in Marvel’s reboot, things change. Almost everything changes and they released this sampler to show, at least in the broad strokes, what might be happening over on the Avengers side of the universe.
This is six different stories that will comprise six different titles within the “All New All Different” Marvel Universe. Included are “A-Force,” “New Avengers,” “The Ultimates,” “Squadron Supreme,” “Uncanny Avengers,” and “All-New, All-Different Avengers”. This is just an introduction to the kinds of stories we can expect to see, so let’s see if these stories are any good.
We start off with a Vision/Scarlet Witch story that epitomizes “All-New, All-Different Avengers”. They used to be an item, once upon a time, in another time and another place and another universe. But Vision is haunted by “ghosts” of this past, a past that may or may not have ever existed. He seeks out Wanda to help him deal with it, but he already has his own plan for how to stop these ghosts permanently. Done by Mark Waid and Mahmud Asrar, it gives a strong indicator for what we can expect in this title and their willingness to make such a major change to Vision is one that I’m looking forward to.
Then comes “In The Beginning”, the “A-Force” story by G. Willow Wilson and Victor Ibanez. Unfortunately, unlike many of the other stories, it doesn’t really give us any insight into what might be coming in this title. We know that this story, at least, takes place largely in space and maybe that’s a hint at things to come.
Next is “Everything is New” for “New Avengers”. Al Ewing and Gerardo Sandoval shows us a team, led by Sunspot, and the challenges they might need to face, including an American kaiju. How can you possibly go wrong with giant monsters? This is another one that I’m excited to read.
Fourth, we get a Deadpool tale called “The Night That Hell Froze Over“, which shows us the future for “Uncanny Avengers“. Deadpool has been doing some freelance work for Steve Rogers and gets something he clearly didn’t expect in the process. Gerry Duggan and Ryan Stegman tell the tale and hey, it’s Deadpool, I’m in.
It will be interesting seeing how “The Ultimates” fares in the new Marvel Universe. This story, called “The Opposite of Kicking“, shows us how America Chavez becomes a member of The Ultimates. Now I used to love the series, at least the first couple of series, we’ll have to see how Al Ewing and Kenneth Rocafort can do on this title.
And finally, “Supremacy” gives us a little information on “Squadron Supreme” and their immediate hatred for the Avengers. This takes the form of wrap-arounds, created by a variety of artists and writers, that show the Squadron arriving in local space, already planning to cause some problems for the Avengers. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with the Squadron and it’s members, I guess I’ll have to decide if I want to follow it or not.
This was a double-sized book with a double-sized price tag and while I found some of the stories interesting enough to want to follow the new series, some of them I just can’t get excited about. That’s normal, I certainly wouldn’t want to read everything that Marvel puts out and I guess I’m lucky I want to read anything at all in this new universe. I guess it was worth the cost, barely, just to catch a glimpse of what’s coming up. I’m not happy about it, but I can see value in the book.