New Avengers #4 Review

With Cap out, the Illuminati resume their plans to prevent the incursions, but just how far will they go to save the world?

Here is the summary from Marvel:

“WORLD EATER” The Illuminati have learned that Earth is the center point for the death of the Universe. If this is true, doesn’t that mean destroying it might save everything else? Enter the world eater, Galactus.

After erasing Cap’s mind of their activities, the Illuminati have begun to explore different methods of saving the world from oncoming incursion events. Mr. Fantastic & Black Panther build a bomb, Dr. Strange researching ancient spells, and Tony Stark turning the sun into a weapon (you know because Iron Man can do that sort of thing). Things begin to get a bit frantic however as an Incursion begins in New York. The Illuminati travel to the alternate Earth to discover that Galactus has begun destroying it.

Jonathan Hickman continues to tell a script full of desperation, moral dilemmas, sci-fi action, & technobabble. He manages to get the heroes where he needs to and the dilemma is still there. However, I feel the book is starting to crumble a bit under it’s own concept. Hickman is no stranger to sci-fi, but New Avengers seems to lose itself at times because of all other parallel Earth travel and moral themes. This doesn’t mean the book is bad, just that it needs to take more time in explaining what the group is setting out to accomplish a bit better.

Steve Epting’s art continues to hit all of the right marks. Accurately capturing the drama and overall scale of the situation. He is also able to make subtle changes that carry some weight to them as to how diverse the universe are. For example, the Ellis Island on the parallel Earth they visit has a statue of Magneto in place of the Statue of Liberty.

New Avengers has waned a bit in contrast to last issue. While the elements are still present, they seem to be fumbling around a bit. Hopefully next issue can pull things back together a bit better.

3.5/5

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