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New Avengers #15: Review

Mar 2006
Brian Michael Bendis, Frank Cho

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4 stars

New Avengers #15 Review by (January 18, 2012)
Comments: Cameos by Mary Jane Watson and Aunt May. Revelation: Green Day wrote a song about Spider-Man.

New Avengers #15 Review by (October 29, 2013)
At heart Klaw is a Black Panther villain since his debut in Fantastic Four #53. But apart from that he's a generic villain often used in groups. This issue makes out that the world has only just seen the Watchtower on top of the Stark skyscraper. But in #13 Tony Stark said he'd been fending off Press questions about it. This isn't so bad if the New Avengers issues are considered to follow each other rapidly. But lots of other stuff, including House of M, has happened since #10 when the Watchtower uncloaked itself. After the chequered career (with multiple aliases ending with Warbird) that Carol Danvers briefly mentions in her blog, her experience during House of M has convinced her to try the Ms Marvel name again. This was all leading up to her upcoming new series. Angry at Jameson's double-cross, Luke Cage's partner Jessica Jones says she's going to quit her job as a Daily Bugle reporter, which she does in #13 of The Pulse.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

New Avengers #15 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Note: this entire issue is in the form of a post Carol Danvers is making to her blog….

As Ms. Marvel she was in the Rocky Mountains to effect a prison transfer when Ulysses Klaw escaped and fired his sound converter at her. She was able to absorb the shock and send it back at him, causing his body to break up into sound waves and be absorbed into his own device. From a guard at the scene, she learned that the Avengers were announcing their new lineup that afternoon so she flew to Avengers Tower where she was admitted by Jarvis. After greeting her old friends she takes Steve Rogers aside for a confession: he offers her a place on the team but that isn’t it. She had always felt like a second-rate superhero, failing to live up to the ideals of a true hero. During the House of M alternate reality, she had a taste of what it meant to be truly admired and that gave her a goal to shoot for, and until she feels she has truly earned her wings, she can’t accept a place on the Avengers. Steve assures her that once an Avenger, always an Avenger. Meanwhile the others are getting ready to meet the public; Logan refuses to perform in public a monkey and Spider-Man is embarrassed by the bad press he has always gotten, especially from the Daily Bugle. But Tony Stark has a plan: he has invited J. Jonah Jameson, Robbie Robertson, and Kat Farrell of the Bugle to a pre-conference meeting. Captain America and Iron Man assure JJJ that Spider-Man is a real hero and deserving of his place in the Avengers. They offer Jameson exclusive access to news stories about the team in exchange for dropping his anti-Spidey editorial stance. After some prodding by Robbie, Jameson reluctantly agrees, shaking Spider-Man’s hand. Pausing to reassure Spider-Woman, Captain America steps out on the stage to a resounding ovation. Cap speaks of the meaning the Avengers have in his own life and explains why they have decided to reform the team, then he introduces the new line-up: Luke Cage, Spider-Woman, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and the Sentry (plus the absent Wolverine). The bombshell drops later, when they read the Bugle and find that Jameson has gone back on his word, not only denouncing Spider-Man but Wolverine, Spider-Woman, and Luke Cage, while calling Cap and Shellhead’s proposal an attempt at bribery. The disgusted heroes take their leave. Jessica ends up in a bar to meet with her Hydra contact Connelly, who tells her that Madame Hydra survived her fall from the Quinjet (issue #13) and she reveals that Nick Fury has resurfaced, which pleases the enemy spy….

Frank Cho
Frank Cho
Jason Keith
Frank Cho (Cover Penciler)
Frank Cho (Cover Inker)
Jason Keith (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
J. Jonah Jameson
J. Jonah Jameson

(JJ Jameson)
Luke Cage
Luke Cage

(Power Man)
Ms. Marvel
Ms. Marvel

(Carol Danvers)

(Peter Parker)

(Jessica Drew)

(James Howlett)

Plus: Hordes of HYDRA, Kat Farrell, Robbie Robertson (Joe Robertson).

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