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Avengers World #5: Review

Apr 2014
Nick Spencer, Stefano Caselli

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4 stars

Avengers World #5 Review by (May 9, 2014)
Manifold claims to have lost control of his ability since Infinity. But he did some successful teleporting in Av#24. He also teleported people in Av Annual #1 and was in the hero crowd in X-Men: Legacy #23, but it isn't necessarily true that these 2 were post-Infinity. Captain Universe has definitely been absent since Infinity and Av#24. In the Av series she explained how the Builders' multiversal systems are breaking down. This is the 1st time she has directly linked this to the incursions destroying timelines in NAv. I also note that she refers to the Host here, and the Mapmakers call themselves the Host in this month's NAv#17. And in this month's Av#28 they refer to the Web outside the timelines, while in Av#7 the Builders called their multiversal Nexus the Central Web. They also called it Dreamspace, probably the same as this issue's Dreamtime. And there's probably lots of other connections I've missed. The Sidera Maris are servants of the Mapmakers, helping them take advantage of incursions. But I am confused about their attack this issue. Their m.o. is to claim an Earth for their masters, who then completely ravage that world. When that Earth is next involved in an incursion connecting 2 universes (via their Earths) the Sidera Maris move over to the other Earth, destroying the old 1 behind them (which saves both universes from destruction). And so the cycle continues. But Captain Universe, in her confused Tamara persona, seems to say that the Earth the SM are *not* attacking is Marvel Earth. But if so it's the 1 the SM came from, and it shouldn't still be a living blue planet. And it must be the 1 that gets blown up at the end. CU also seems to want Manifold to teleport they 2 to that Earth. Which should only be possible if 1 of the colliding universes was his home 1. But instead they wind up back in the Dreamtime. And I fail to see how any of this restores Eden's power, or his self-confidence if that was the problem.

In this issue the series starts to connect with the events in Avengers and New Avengers. And we get the 1st appearances of Avengers Captain Universe, Iron Man and Manifold in the book. I'm confused about AIM's role here and in the current Av storyline. Here they are using tech from the future tech, but in Av they are mining the multiverse for it. On a related subject Scientist Supreme Forson claims here to have seen the future, which is where they got the tech from. But in #2 I believe it was the Entropic Man who saw the future. Which makes more sense because they both claim the future is entropy. Captain Marvel, Hyperion and Thor were off dealing with some other disasters in #1 until Captain America recalled them in #2. But it looks like we won't have to wait 3 more issues to see what happens next because the AIM strand of the story is set to continue next issue.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers World #5 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
#1 started off 3 problems in different parts of the world and since then each issue has concentrated on 1 of the problems, though they're all still ongoing. This issue cycles back to the AIM Island story, but is actually more to do with Manifold.

Captain America and Maria Hill are still coordinating from the SHIELD helicarrier Iliad. They've now called in Iron Man to go persuade Avengers team member Manifold to help.

Meanwhile Bruce Banner's SHIELD science team (not the ones from the Indestructible Hulk series) are tasked with finding a way through AIM Island's barrier forcefield. 1 of them asks why they don't just get Manifold to teleport agents inside. Banner thinks it's a bad idea to expect superheroes to solve all your problems.

By now the Golden Avenger has reached Manifold in the middle of the Australian Outback. He explains that AIM's forcefield is designed to be teleport-proof. But that Eden Fesi isn't a normal teleporter - he doesn't just jump through space, he bends space-time.

But Manifold claims that he can't reliably teleport anymore, ever since the war with the Builders (in Infinity). The Aboriginal hero has come home to commune with the universe, seeking an answer. So Tony Stark leaves him to it.

But when Eden opens his eyes again he finds himself in an ornate building floating among the stars, and Captain Universe is with him. She says that this is her version of the Dreamtime. She also explains his failing superpower. As we learnt in Avengers #3 the system of the multiverse is broken. Manifold is intimately connected to his universe, and as the system breaks down so does his power.

She also says that each universe has a Manifold, and each Manifold's power only works in his own universe (as we learned from Black Swan in New Avengers #2). So, strangely, she takes him to another universe. Where she reverts to her bewildered alter ego Tamara Devoux before she can explain why.

The Earth they are now on is suffering an incursion (see any issue of current New Avengers). It is under attack by Sidera Maris troops (1st seen in NAv#6) and defended by a load of Human Torches. Manifold gets injured saving helpless Tamara from a blast. In her dreamlike muddled way she points to the other Earth in the sky and says she thinks that's home. 1 of the Earths starts to break up and Eden finds himself back in the star-palace.

Back on the Iliad Bruce Banner rushes to tell Cap and IM that his team has found a way to get pass AIM's forcefield. But then Manifold appears and says he can do it now. And Bruce sags in disappointment.

Now we actually get to visit AIM Island, where 4 members of its ruling council (Graviton, Jude the Entropic Man, the Scientist Supreme and Superia) are discussing strategy. Andrew Forson is content to sit behind their forcefield as their technology from the future makes them more and more powerful. The others are not so happy. They have a whole network out in the world that they are ignoring. And the Avengers are sure to come to rescue the 3 members AIM captured (Cannonball, Smasher and Sunspot in #2).

Forson isn't worried. Not only do they have their advanced forcefield and other future tech, but also they have transformed Smasher into their Messenger. And Forson has seen the future.

On the last page we see Manifold with Captain Marvel, Hyperion and Thor.

Stefano Caselli
Stefano Caselli
Andres Mossa
In-Hyuk Lee (Cover Penciler)
In-Hyuk Lee (Cover Inker)
In-Hyuk Lee (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Joe Caramagna.
Editor: Wil Moss.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel

(Carol Danvers)

(Franklin Hall)

(Bruce Banner)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)


Plus: Andrew Forson, Cannonball, Captain Universe (Tamara Devoux), Entropic Man, Hyperion (Marcus), Manifold (Eden Fesi), Sidera Maris, Superia (Deidre Wentworth).

> Avengers World: Book info and issue index

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