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New Avengers #10: Review

Sep 2013
Jonathan Hickman, Mike Deodato Jr.

New Avengers #10 cover

Story Name:

The Thanos seed

Review & Comments

4 stars

New Avengers #10 Review by (September 22, 2013)
Last issue I reinterpreted something from Infinity #1. But now I find I have to alter the meaning again. The Outrider searched sleeping Black Bolt's memory, but I have only now noticed that he said he was searching for secrets in the plural. He saw that the Illuminati had had the Infinity Gems, but they were destroyed. He then dug further and saw the image of 4 ancient kings and a queen. In Inf#1 I assumed that the ancient rulers were the secret Thanos really wanted. But last issue I came to the conclusion that the ancient rulers were where the surviving Time Gem had gone to. Now I see that Thanos was looking for 2 things:- the Infinity Gems *and* the whereabouts of his son. When the Outrider told Thanos the Inhumans had what he sought, it was the boy he referred to. This is why the Black Order went after all the other Illuminati to find the Time Gem, but Black Bolt was only asked for the Tribute of dead children. Ebony Maw was looking for one but has found the other. Are there more lost tribes than kings and queen? Presumably 1 king stayed with the main Inhumans. How many tribes stayed on Earth and how many went to space? Are the abandoned places most of the Illuminati find earlier bases for the 1 tribe that Dr Strange locates? Proxima Midnight doesn't tell Thanos that Atlantis is ravaged by the war with Wakanda, or he might have treated with suspicion Namor's claim that Wakanda has the Time Gem. The Fantastic Four have been travelling space and time in their own mag for a while. But #7&8 showed that Reed Richards has been commuting from space to work with the Illuminati. FF#5AU showed that he would be alerted when he was needed, and maybe the incursion signalling device can call him from that far away too.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

New Avengers #10 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
The previously page shows us Ebon Maw whispering honeyed words in the near of Dr Strange to get him to reveal the location of the Time Gem, which Strange denies knowing; Sub-Mariner and Black Panther discussing the then upcoming war between Atlantis and Wakanda; and the end of Infinity #2 where Black Bolt summoned the Illuminati to tell them Thanos demanded as Tribute the heads of all Inhuman children between 16 and 22, in order to ensure the death of Thanos' own son.

We continue the scene in the pocket reality Maximus discovered where Black Bolt can talk without his voice shattering everything. BB tells his teammates how in ages gone by 4 Inhuman kings and a queen argued and split the Inhumans. They led 'lost tribes' of Inhumans to secret places in the world and out into space. 1 of the space tribes met Thanos and his horde (presumably fatally) and a woman returned to hide among the Earth tribes, pregnant with Thanos' child.

BB has given Mr Fantastic a crystal containing the records of the Inhumans, including the location of the Earthly tribes. He sends the Illuminati to find the boy before Thanos does.

When the others have gone BB's brother Maximus comes out of hiding and chides BB for handing over his race's secrets. But BB shows him that he still has the real Codex. Presumably the 1 he gave Reed was a doctored copy.

The Inhuman city Attilan is hovering over New York, and Thanos' spaceship is hovering over that. His right-hand man Corvus Glaive delivered the Tribute ultimatum, and now Thanos thinks BB has had enough time to comply. But before dealing with that he accepts reports from his other generals.

The telepathic Supergiant only comments that Ebony Maw is missing. Proxima Midnight reports that Sub-Mariner surrendered Atlantis, and requested Thanos' mercy in exchange for the information that the Time Gem is in Wakanda. Black Dwarf has to admit that Wakanda repulsed his invasion. Thanos beats him up and banishes him.

Dr Strange holds a meeting of the Illuminati (without Black Bolt) in a secluded tower. Mr Fantastic reveals the 6 locations of the Earthly lost tribes. (As usual in comics, coincidentally the same as the number of Illuminati.) They also have a way of detecting the genetic signature of Thanos' son. Iron Man proposes they split into pairs for safety, and take 2 locations each. Namor prefers that they work alone, looking pointedly at Black Panther.

IM reminds them of the incursions the Illuminati have been dealing with, which is the real reason he elected to stay on Earth when the other Avengers went into space. He wonders if they should be concentrating on that, a much worse threat than Thanos. The newest member Beast says he's going to do what's necessary to defend the Jean Grey School from the current invasion. And Reed Richards concurs, even though his own family are safely off in space.

They all agree that their personal situations are OK at the moment, except Subby who says Atlantis is destroyed but won't say more. But he leads the decision to help BB.

The 6 Illuminati go to various out-of-the-way places. 5 of them find ruins with indications of Inhuman presence. But Dr Strange finds a stone village cut into the sides of a valley in Greenland. And he also locates the boy they seek.

At this point his shadow detaches itself and becomes Ebony Maw. He lets Stephen go with no memory of this place. But before he goes Strange comments on the signal glowing on his palm (which indicates an incursion is about to happen). He leaves Ebony Maw saying he goes to prevent the end of the world. Maw can't imagine that there could be something more dangerous than Thanos.

The 6 Illuminati (still without Black Bolt) gather in the middle of the Australian desert. As usual the incursion is only visible in a small area. The pink sky holds the looming bulk of an alternate Earth.

Elsewhere the other Black Panther Shuri sees the whole of Thanos' fleet darkening the skies of Wakanda. And Black Bolt waits alone on the throne of Attilan for Thanos.

New Avengers #10 cover

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Mike Deodato Jr.
Mike Deodato Jr.
Frank Martin
Mike Deodato Jr. (Cover Penciler)
Mike Deodato Jr. (Cover Inker)
Laura Martin (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Joe Caramagna.
Editor: Tom Brevoort.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Hank McCoy)
Black Panther
Black Panther

Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

(Maximus the Mad)
Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic

(Reed Richards)

Plus: Black Panther (Shuri), Supergiant.

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