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Avengers #16: Review

Jul 2013
Jonathan Hickman, Stefano Caselli

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To the end

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4 stars

Avengers #16 Review by (July 21, 2013)
Iron Man's not here again. He was last seen in near space with Captain Marvel in #14. But our other main guys Captain America, Hulk and Thor are involved. Other Avengers at the communication site (continuing from last issue) are Black Widow, Cannonball, Hawkeye, Hyperion, Shang-Chi, Spider-Man, Sunspot and Wolverine The Spaceknights are a bunch of cyborg space warriors originally invented to support a toy called Rom. They've had 3 series of their own and also figured in the Annihilation event. Identifying the ones here is made more difficult by the fact that their code names get reused by similar replacements when one dies. I think we have some versions of Firefall, Ikon, Pulsar, Starshine and a guy I can't identify with spikes on his shoulders and a face that reminds me of Dr Bong. Captain Universe's injunctions for the Avengers to get bigger and gain the power to destroy a world could both refer to the Godkiller in current Iron Man. But more likely get bigger refers to the extra recruits to occupy the unallocated slots in the roster diagram. And the power to destroy worlds may be the Illuminati's anti-matter bombs in New Avengers. Or maybe whatever Black Bolt is building there.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers #16 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
The previously page covers mainly just the last issue again, but this time the pictures tell more than the words. Bruce Banner tracked the signal that was causing worldwide electromagnetic havoc to the 'communication' origin bomb site in Perth, Australia. The Avengers stopped the signal, but not before it was picked up in deep space. And it also triggered the birth of an armoured being in the 'defence' origin site on AIM Island. That being is now heading their way. Meanwhile a horde of alien refugee ships have arrived in Earth space. And Captain Universe has gone with Manifold to a distant planet.

That planet is Galador, home of the Spaceknights. There is a giant spaceship hovering overhead, which I assume is an invader. CU sends Manifold back to Earth to warn the Avengers how great the threat is. They must get bigger, and gain the power to destroy a world. She herself remains on Galador, as Spaceknights come to meet her.

We have an interlude with Nightmask and Starbrand in their prison on the partial Dyson sphere Iron Man's been building (see #9 and New Avengers #4). Some weeks ago Adam found Kevin experimenting with his Starbrand power, and started to teach him what he could do with it now that his brain was evolving to handle it. 1 week ago Kevin realised that the Dyson sphere wasn't powerful enough to hold him prisoner, and Adam said that either of them could escape any time they wanted. Nightmask showed him how to use the Superflow to go to any planet they want (until the degenerating Superflow fails - see #7). But they will wait until Kevin fully understands the Starbrand.

Back in the present the defence being arrives at the communication site and stuns all the Avengers there. But without orders via the communication site it doesn't really know what to do next. And on the SHIELD orbiting Hub Banner starts turning uncontrollably into the Hulk, causing SHIELD to evacuate.

As the Avengers recover, the defence being decides its best course is to defend the (wrecked last issue) communication site against them. It defeats waves of Avengers as they attack, upgrading its capabilities to handle tougher opponents, culminating in Hyperion and Thor.

Back on AIM Island Superia and the Scientist Supreme Andrew Forson plan to snatch success from the shambles the defence being left them in last issue. They activate the Auger, a device they used to retrieve Hyperion from his dying universe in #4. This time they intend to use it to bring the defence being back.

Stefano Caselli
Stefano Caselli
Frank Martin
Leinil Francis Yu (Cover Penciler)
Leinil Francis Yu (Cover Inker)
Sunny Gho (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Cory Petit.
Editor: Tom Brevoort.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Clint Barton)

(Bruce Banner)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)


(James Howlett)

Plus: Andrew Forson, Cannonball, Captain Universe (Tamara Devoux), Hyperion (Marcus), Manifold (Eden Fesi), Spaceknights, Spider-Man (Otto Octavius), Starbrand (Kevin Conner), Superia (Deidre Wentworth).

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