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New Avengers #17: Review

May 2006
Brian Michael Bendis, Mike Deodato Jr.

Story Name:

The Collective, Part One

Review & Comments

4 stars

New Avengers #17 Review by (March 25, 2013)
Comments: The New York City initiative, known as order-maintenance policing, led to a significant drop in crime during the 1990s.

New Avengers #17 Review by (April 8, 2014)
Ms Marvel is still not on the team. According to the Marvel Continuity Project she's already had the initial adventure in #1-5 of her new series. Carol Danvers lost her Ms Marvel powers in Avengers Annual #10. She was then sucked into the X-Men stories, and the alien Brood gave her the cosmic Binary powers in Uncanny X-Men #164. But in Galactic Storm she reverted from Binary to Ms Marvel. Daisy Johnson was a SHIELD agent with earthquake powers, Nick Fury's protege who we met during NF's Secret War mini-series. There she helped NF and heroes such as Captain America, Luke Cage, Spider-Man and Wolverine invade Latveria. It all went badly in the end. She fell out of favour because of that when NF was thrown out of SHIELD. That's where Cap met her, why MH doesn't want her involved, and why Wolverine threatens to kill her here - she used her power to give him a heart attack in SW#5. Tony Stark wonders if Michael is Korvac, the guy from the future who took the name Michael and (temporarily of course) killed all the Avengers in Av#177.

According to the Official Index a lot has happened since the team appeared in #15, in particular to Spider-Man. He died and was reborn with more built-in powers in The Other storyline. Then Tony Stark gave him a new armoured costume in Amazing Spider-Man #529, upgraded in ASM#530. He's wearing that costume here. Sentry throws the Void into the sun at the end of his 2006-7 mini-series. That series isn't actually published until during and after Civil War, but the OI puts it before this issue. The combined New Avengers team appear in #1-2, so they must happen before CW. And Spider-Man isn't wearing his new costume, which suggests they're before this arc. However the whole 8-issue series doesn't have to happen in a short time. Rob Reynolds here says the Void has been talking to him, which would fit better for me in the middle of the limited series. However the Void *is* back in later issues. So it's not impossible that he's here to torment Reynolds again now.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

New Avengers #17 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
The distressed Detroit neighborhood of Highland Park is stunned to find the Avengers arriving and standing around the area. Spokesman Luke Cage explains to the media that it is similar to a program instituted in New York City: an increased police presence in one dangerous neighborhood drives out the criminals, and even when police move on to another area, the crime rate stays down. This is Cage’s contribution to the Avengers: impact superheroing. Suddenly the team is called away by a summons from SHIELD Director Maria Hill. As they head north in the Quinjet, Hill fills them in on the threat: a powerful humanoid of undetermined origin has devastated a small town in Alaska and is cutting a swath through Canada, and the military and Alpha Flight were helpless to stop it (last issue). As the monster moves across Lake Erie to enter the United States at Cleveland, Captain America summons Ms. Marvel to action; the X-Men and Fantastic Four are unavailable. Cap requests the aid of SHIELD Agent Daisy Johnson and Hill agrees, against her wishes. As Cap tries to contact the Sentry, who is having one of his bad days, Iron Man goes down to try peaceful contact with the menace. As the glowing figure at the center of a whirlwind of fire approaches, it halts when Iron Man introduces himself. The figure responds by awkwardly forcing out its name, "Michael," and confirming that it is human. But suddenly the overzealous Ms. Marvel arrives to snatch up Michael and hoist him high into the atmosphere; when she tries to absorb his energy, it unleashes a blast that throws Tony and the Quinjet through the sky—and leaves a flaming Carol shocked and amazed at the power she now possesses—she is Binary again….

Mike Deodato Jr.
Joe Pimentel
Dave Stewart
Steve McNiven (Cover Penciler)
Steve McNiven (Cover Inker)
Dave Stewart (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Luke Cage
Luke Cage

(Power Man)
Ms. Marvel
Ms. Marvel

(Carol Danvers)

(Peter Parker)

(Jessica Drew)

(James Howlett)

Plus: Collective, The.

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