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New Avengers #19: Review

Jul 2006
Brian Michael Bendis, Mike Deodato Jr.

Story Name:

The Collective, Part Three

Review & Comments

4 stars

New Avengers #19 Review by (April 15, 2013)
Comments: Spidey’s psychic nightmare consists of a joint attack by Doctor Octopus, Kraven the Hunter, Electro, Mysterio, Vulture, and Sandman.

New Avengers #19 Review by (April 8, 2014)
At the end of House of M Scarlet Witch took away the powers of most mutants in the world. This issue suggests that those powers have combined into the Michael of this story arc. Scarlet Witch went missing after HoM. A SHIELD scientist suggests that Michael may be looking for her, but that doesn't pan out. Instead he heads for Genosha, an island that was taken over by enslaved mutants and became a homeland for mutants until it was razed by Sentinels in (New) X-Men #115. Maria Hill mentions the Superhuman Registration Act that will be the cause of the upcoming Civil War. We had already seen the genesis of this Act in the Illuminati 1-shot and issues of Amazing Spider-Man and Fantastic Four, which I discuss in the comments on the Illuminati issue.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

New Avengers #19 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

From the SHIELD Helicarrier, Spider-Man informs Iron Man by radio that the mysterious threat Michael bears the energy traces of all the mutants depowered in the House of M debacle. Iron Man orders Spidey and Vision out of there but it’s too late: the SHIELD psi unit has picked up the enigmatic phrase from his mind and Director Maria Hill demands to know what is the House of M? When they balk, she orders them arrested; they try to leave but Vision is shut down remotely by the techs and Spidey put to sleep by a psychic. Meanwhile, Michael is heading straight toward Earth and Iron Man is there in space to stop him; this time Tony has adjusted himself to deconstruct his enemy’s energy field, leading to a massive explosion which hurls Michael back several miles, stunned. But this will only work once—and they don’t know what Michael has become. When he recovers, Sentry arrives to further keep him away from Earth….

Aboard the Helicarrier, Peter is jerked awake by an induced nightmare and interrogated by Hill about the House of M. He refuses and she sets him free—because she was there only to get him to think about the matter so her telepaths could take the info from his mind. Vision has been likewise mined of his data. The Avengers arrive with an angry Captain America in the lead and Hill pulls rank, eagerly anticipating the imminent passage of the Superhuman Registration Act which will bring them all under her control.

The battle between Sentry and Michael is evenly matched but only because the menace has not yet learned how to use his powers. A SHIELD scientist urgently advises them to stop; Michael learns from experience—and they are teaching him to become more dangerous. Plus, it seems that Michael is only trying to accomplish some goal; the destruction he is causing is simply because he is being prevented from reaching it. So Iron Man snatches Sentry away, allowing Michael to continue on his path. As they all watch in curiosity and apprehension, Michael makes his way directly to the devastated island of Genosha….

Mike Deodato Jr.
Joe Pimentel
Dave Stewart
Mike Deodato Jr. (Cover Penciler)
Mike Deodato Jr. (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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