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New Avengers #21: Review

Jun 2006
Brian Michael Bendis, Howard Chaykin

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New Avengers: Disassembled Part 1

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4 stars

New Avengers #21 Review by (July 18, 2014)
The SHIELD Agents who tried to restrain Captain America in Civil War #1 were also depicted in the Capekiller armour, but this is the 1st time they are given this name, and it is revealed that Tony Stark designed their tech. Steve Rogers was given artistic abilities by Steve Gerber in a new origin in Captain America #225, and Chris Claremont/Roger McKenzie gave the modern-day Steve a job as an illustrator in CA#237. Roger Stern made Gerber's origin an implanted false memory, but the illustrator job stuck, and the artistic skill bled over into the accepted origin. Shocker is an old Spider-Man Spider-Man villain who *deserves* being dealt with in 1 panel. It should be borne in mind that 'Henry Pym' is actually a secret Skrull imposter at this time.

The 5 Civil War tie-in issues of this title will all have different pencillers. This 1 is by Howard Chaykin.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

New Avengers #21 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
In Civil War #1 Captain America refused to become the face of the Superhero Registration Act, and escaped from SHIELD when they tried to arrest him. Now Steve Rogers is hiding out in some warehouse-looking place, and trying to draw while his mind tries to sort the situation out. But he's interrupted when a SHIELD Capekiller squad tracks him down.

Steve grabs his shield and defeats them all. The last man down proves to be Dum-Dum Dugan, Steve picks up his communicator and sends a fake message claiming that Cap is dead, to buy himself some time. Then he grabs his uniform and escapes via the sewers to an old secret hideout of Nick Fury that the rest of SHIELD don't know of.

Falcon finds him there. Steve is immediately suspicious - how did Falcon know about this place? But Sam Wilson tells Steve that he brought him here once. Still Steve gets Sam to unmask, and answer a question only he should know the answer to (presumably to check he's not a shape-shifter). Wilson assures Rogers he's not going to sign up to the SRA.

Steve unveils some of the stuff Fury had stashed here - money and the means to make fake passports and fake IDs. Cap proposes they organise a resistance movement. Falcon is with him, but worries about what the bad guys will be doing while the good guys are fighting each other. And afterwards when there may not be many good guys left, whoever wins.

They set out to recruit more heroes to their side. They watch Spider-Man swing by heading for Avengers Tower in the Iron Spider suit Tony Stark made for him. They decide he's too involved with Stark to want to join them. Then they take time out to defeat Shocker who is holding his own against a surrounding police force.

The 1st person they do approach is Henry Pym. But Hank says he's on Tony Stark's side, and the 2 of them are working with Reed Richards on stuff for the government. His identity as Yellowjacket is already public. He can't understand why Cap is so against the SRA.

Cap and Falcon start to leave but Pym grows to giant-size and stops them. He's sent for the Capekillers who arrive at the run. Cap breaks Hank's nose with his shield then the duo dive out of the window, Falcon grabs Cap and flies off, while Cap deflects gunfire with the shield.

SHIELD Director Maria Hill gets there too late to stop them. And Steve Rogers is still determined to find allies.

Howard Chaykin
Howard Chaykin
Dave Stewart
Howard Chaykin (Cover Penciler)
Howard Chaykin (Cover Inker)
Letterer: Albert Deschesne.
Editor: Tom Brevoort.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Sam Wilson)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic

(Reed Richards)

(Herman Schultz)

(Peter Parker)

Plus: Capekillers, Hank Pym (Skrull).

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