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New Avengers #16: Review

Apr 2006
Brian Michael Bendis, Steve McNiven

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4 stars

New Avengers #16 Review by (March 18, 2013)
Comments: First appearance of The Collective. Of the characters on the cover, only Tony Stark appears inside the book and even then out of his Iron Man armor. Alpha Flight is referred to as having been wiped out in this story arc but a later retcon establishes that only Shaman, Vindicator, and Guardian were killed. Kickers Inc. appeared in their own comic which ran twelve issues in 1986-87, part of Marvel’s New Universe series of titles.

New Avengers #16 Review by (April 8, 2014)
Alpha Flight here consists of original members Guardian (James Hudson) and Vindicator (Heather Hudson) (these 2 have been known to swap codenames), Puck I (Eugene Judd), Sasquatch and Shaman, plus 2 members of the most recent (2004) incarnation Major Mapleleaf and Puck II (Zuzha Yu). The last issue of that series explains that all the other new members (and Snowbird) leave the team. So on the face of it this appearance jells with that status. But it's not that simple. The 12-issue 2004 Alpha Flight began with Sasquatch recruiting a new team to help rescue the old team - a deliberate echo of Giant-Size X-Men #1. In #6 the old team members went into space, leaving Sasquatch and the new team. But then in #12 a time-travel story ended with young versions of the original team in the present (a pre-echo of the much later development in the X-Men franchise). So which original Alpha Flight members are killed here? (I won't bother wondering about Aurora and Northstar.) The OI says these are the (young) versions from AF#12, and that they are also the ones later resurrected. So the older copies must stay off in space. But the MCP (on which the OI is based) fudges the issue by having the characters in #12 be the ones who went to space in #6. The current story appears to leave the team dead. But Sasquatch will turn up as the only-surviving member to form Omega Flight in 2007. Puck I will be dead and in Hell in 2010 issues of Wolverine, winding up ruling the place. Guardian, Shaman and Vindicator will return from the dead during the Chaos War, and stay alive. All 5 will be seen in the 2011 AF series - Puck I escapes from Hell to get there. That leaves Major Mapleleaf and Puck II which the OI confirms are dead, and haven't returned. As a final note AF(2004)#12 appears to suggest that they will have a child. The MCP calendar leaves more than a year between AF#12 and NAv#16, so that's possible. But this means the infant is now an orphan, possibly in the care of Maple

I've lost the end of the last sentence in the next box (again). It should read:- But this means the infant is now an orphan, possibly in the care of MapleLeaf's father the WWII user of the codename.

The page-1 summary's image is the same as at the end of House of M, a red glow issuing from somewhere on Earth. The summary says this was months ago, and the Marvel Continuity Project's Calendar makes it 4 months ago. The red energy was seen in space in X-Men: Deadly Genesis #1, which the MCP Calendar puts a few days ago. In #19 we will learn that it is that energy which now strikes Alaska from space. The Official Index puts loads of stuff between last issue and this and the Calendar puts the sequence of issues ending with #15 in the week following HoM. It also lifts Maria Hill's conversation with Iron Man out of the context of the rest of this issue and puts it back there as well. This justifies MH saying that HoM and Decimation Day were only 1 week ago, and the New Avengers have only just gone public. (But then the Calendar spoils it by repeating the conversation with the rest of this issue as well.) MH says Eileen Harsaw is in a padded cell and just keeps muttering "House of M". She is Phantazia, a mutant villain who is obviously 1 of the few who remember being in Scarlet Witch's altered reality. In #18 she will be on the list of those depowered on Decimation Day. MH also says the New Avengers include 2 Agents of SHIELD. Spider-Woman is obviously 1, but for the other I guess she's counting Captain America. MH would much prefer help from the Fantastic Four than the Avengers because of their current disagreement, but the President forces her. It says here that the FF are unavailable, and next issue it will say they are in another dimension. The MCP Calendar doesn't offer any help so I guess this is just an undocumented adventure.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

New Avengers #16 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

In a series of wordless full-page illustrations, a shaft of flame comes to Earth, landing in a town in rural Alaska. Within minutes the town is a burned-out ruin and in the center of the chaos is a glowing figure in the throes of a mighty rage….

SHIELD Director Maria Hill calls Tony Stark from the Helicarrier to demand an explanation for the public debut of the New Avengers (last issue). She also wants to know about the "House of M," the mysterious incident that caused millions of mutants to lose their mutant gene and become ordinary humans—and this occurring immediately after the Avengers visited Genosha. Tony brushes her off and closes the connection. Seconds later the red alert sounds. SHIELD scrambles to find out what hit the town in Alaska. The source of the devastating attack was in outer space but the energy signature matches no known alien race. Six fighter jets are dispatched to investigate but almost as soon as they sight the glowing man, the planes are shot down from twenty-two miles away. With the menace having crossed into Canada, Alpha Flight is called out. They challenge the enemy but within seconds they are completely defeated. The President is on the phone and orders Hill to call out the Avengers. She is reluctant but when the threat turns again toward the US border, she complies with a curse….

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Kickers, Inc.: Kickin’ It in Hell

Writer: Jeff Parker. Penciler: Juan Santacruz. Inker: Scott Koblish. Colorist: Val Staples.

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Steve McNiven
Dexter Vines
Morry Hollowell
Steve McNiven (Cover Penciler)
Dexter Vines (Cover Inker)
Morry Hollowell (Cover Colorist)


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