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Avengers World #14: Review

Oct 2014
Nick Spencer, Marco Checchetto

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4 stars

Avengers World #14 Review by (November 1, 2014)
I can't help commenting on the apparent sizes of Madripoor and Shanghai. The dragon (and Shang-Chi) are way bigger than Shanghai's skyscrapers, but still stand within the city. Madripoor island on the dragon's head still can't help but look much smaller than Shanghai (and only a bit of that can be due to perspective). And Madripoor contains its own city, which may be small compared with Shanghai, but not *that* small. This issue's voiceover is by 1 of the Next Avengers, even more obviously than in #11. This whole series so far must predate many current events:- Steve Rogers is still Captain America and Sam Wilson is still Falcon. Wolverine's still alive. Thor's still wielding his hammer, which takes us back to before Original Sin. Cap and Iron Man are working together which puts it before Cap remembered in Avengers #29 what the Illuminati are doing in New Avengers. (That may be the same time as Original Sin, but I have trouble reconciling the 2.) Hulk is still openly working with the Avengers which has to then move things back before he joined the Illuminati in Av#28, which also drags in some earlier issues. (And I have difficulty reconciling *that* with other Hulk appearances.)

The artist time-sharing deal brings Marco Checchetto back for another even-numbered issue. This issue brings the 14-issue multiple storyline to an abrupt close. It may have been prematurely terminated to make way for the very different Axis story promised for the next few issues. The publisher's blurb certainly made it sound like the story was just moving up a gear. And I think it left some loose ends. In #11 I saw the possibility that the 3 story strands were connected, because AIM have a connection to the City of the Dead. And in #6 I wondered if the Scientist Supreme's desire to bring forward the end of the universe was connected to The Avengers/New Avengers plotline about the accelerated death of the multiverse (Jonathan Hickman has a hand in this title's plot as well as writing the other 2 books). Will any of this be carried forward? In #2 a big deal was made of AIM turning Smasher into their agent Messenger. It hinted that she would take their message out to the stars (they chose her because she's a member of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard). And Av#36 showed her and Sam Guthrie living on a Shi'ar planet in the future. Is she still Messenger rather than Smasher? #1 also suggested that the Canadian Origin Bomb site was another trouble spot, but we've heard nothing more about that.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers World #14 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
The 3 threats that have dominated this series continue:- AIM's futuristic city on Barbuda; The giant dragon with Madripoor on its haed attacking Shanghai; Morgan Le Fay, based in the City of the Dead under Velletri in Italy, raisng the dead beneath Europe's capitals; plus the 4th added trouble-spot as AIM's troops attack Washington DC defended by the major heroes Captain America, Captain Marvel, Hulk, Iron Man and Thor.

Maria Hill is coordinating defence from SHIELD helicarrier Iliad. She's currently watching the situation in Shanghai. As Black Widow, Falcon and Wolverine help the citizens, and China's Ascendant team fight Hand ninjas overhead, an extremely giant-sized Shang-Chi (courtesy of Pym particles last issue) takes on the dragon itself. He rips away the Madripoor building containing Gorgon and throw it out to sea. Without Gorgon to control it the dragon is easy to defeat, and Shang-Chi drags it back to its submerged resting place holding up Madripoor island.

Hill's attention is next drawn to Velletri where Hawkeye, Spider-Woman and Black Knight's Euroforce are  being overwhelmed by Le Fay's zombies. Clint Barton reports that Sebastian Druid was killed (#12). But Druid's spirit belies that by rising from his body. It was all a cunning plan. As a dead person he can now use Morgan's spell against her. Magical feedback (it looks like) disrupts her control of the risen dead in Berlin, London, Paris and Rome (and other cities). It also leaves her vulnerable to a concerted physical attack by the assembled heroes (I thought she'd moved to London in #12). It's all over, as Nightmask appears supporting Starbrand who had been captured in #8. Even Druid seems to be alive again.

The Sigkill that Maria's secret agents the Next Avengers delivered to AIM Island in #11 has crippled their defences. Cannonball, Hyperion and Sunspot start to trash the place. AIM's Scientist Supreme sends Messenger to oppose them. But her lover Sam Guthrie brings Izzy Dare back to her self. And AIM's city blows up (I thought it did that in #11).

And the 5 heroes defeat AIM in Washington.

Later Cap compares notes with Maria Hill, and asks her what the Sigkill was that wrecked AIM Island. She avoids telling him it was a computer virus from the future brought back by the Next Avengers, sons and daughter of some of the Avengers including himself. We also learn that the kids are staying in the present.

The last pages suggest that Cap thinks that the Avengers idea has now expanded to include the Ascendant, Euroforce and Sebastian Druid. (But it's symbolic as it includes the Next Avengers and the future Jocasta who he doesn't know about).

Preview Pages
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Marco Checchetto
Marco Checchetto
Andres Mossa
Jorge Molina (Cover Penciler)
Jorge Molina (Cover Inker)
Jorge Molina (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Joe Caramagna.
Editor: Wil Moss.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel

(Carol Danvers)

(Sam Wilson)

(Clint Barton)

(Bruce Banner)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

(Jessica Drew)


(James Howlett)

Plus: Andrew Forson, Ascendant, Cannonball, Euroforce, Gorgon (Tomi Shishido), Hyperion (Marcus), Morgana Le Fey (Morgan Le Fay), Next Avengers, Sebastian Druid, Smasher (Izzy Kane), Starbrand (Kevin Conner).

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