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New Avengers #29: Review

Jan 2015
Jonathan Hickman, Kev Walker

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8 months ago

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4.5 stars

New Avengers #29 Review by (February 7, 2015)
Kev Walker returns this issue, the nearest thing this series has to a regular penciller at the moment. When I 1st saw the cover I thought it was Maximus playing with a tiny Yellowjacket. By the end of the issue I realised it was the Beyonder. And this cover now sports the Secret Wars banner. The title of this issue is "8 months ago", but only the 1st 2 pages seem to be set then. We 1st saw Captain Britain in the Illuminati in #25 where he said he was the last of the CB Corps and that was the 1st time we saw him with an eye-patch too. Presumably the Illuminati gambit mentioned here was where he lost his eye and his fellow Corpsmen. In that case it's probably a mistake that he's shown with the eye-patch 8 months ago. More significantly, when exactly does that 8 month flashback take place. This is after Namor released Thanos and assembled the Cabal in #23, but it must be soon after because they're only just discovering that Thanos is free. This explains why Sub-Mariner isn't with them, but where is Iron Man? And Hulk hadn't become Doc Green in #23. Plus at what point did they invite CB in (with or without an eye-patch)? (This all ties in to the general problem of trying to align the 8 months ago events in this series and Avengers with the rest of the Marvel U.) The Captain Britain Corps was an assembly of alternate-universe CBs who debuted in the British Mighty World of Marvel #13 and who were guardians of the multiverse.

In Av#35 Sue Richards wanted to know the whereabouts of the Illuminati members including Yellowjacket. In NAv#25 he was listed as a member but missing. There's at least 1 thing about the destruction of the multiverse that doesn't add up. Incursions only happen between Earths from different universes. Destroying 1 Earth saves *both* universes from destruction. This universe-616 has destroyed several other Earths, but because its Earth is still here it keeps getting incursions and still risks the death of its universe. However the universes whose Earths it destroyed can't have any more incursions and so *can't* be destroyed. Many other Earths have been destroyed the same way by others, so there should be *lots* of universes remaining. Is the white space where the Watcher sent Molecule Man after FF#20? Or is it something to do with the Beyonder who is tightly tied in with Molecule Man's past? In Secret Wars II Beyonder wanted to destroy the multiverse. Is this the cause of the incursions? As I understand it the Beyonder who was behind the Secret Wars isn't 1 of the extradimensional race called the Beyonders. But they are connected in that the Beyonders created the Cosmic Cubes, who grow to become sentient beings 1 of whom is the Beyonder. So this issue's cover may be misleading - or maybe not. The Beyonder created a Battleworld in Secret Wars I, and the new Secret Wars that this is all leading up to will take place on a Battleworld too.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

New Avengers #29 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
In the previously page recap:- Mr Fantastic does his standard explanation from #2 of the incursions problem. In #24 Dr Doom says Molecule Man knows how to find who's behind it all. Black Swan confronts the captive Iron Man in #26 (but IM isn't in this issue, and the only relevance seems to be the mention of the Ivory Kings). And in Avengers #40 Sub-Mariner agrees to be accountable for the worlds that his Cabal has destroyed, and later Black Panther reports that the Cabal are dead and Namor with them.

8 months ago the Illuminati (Beast, Black Bolt, Black Panther, Doc Green and Mr Fantastic plus Captain Britain) discover that Thanos' force-cage in the Wakandan Necropolis is broken and empty.

Then we jump to after last issue and Av#40. Reed Richards and T'Challa survey an expanse of Wakandan tombstones, and Panther sees ghosts including his sister Shuri. They await 2 flying craft which bring Captain Marvel, Hawkeye and Steve Rogers to represent the SHIELD Avengers, and Black Widow, Manifold and Sunspot of the newest Avengers group. They all repair into the Necropolis, which the Illuminati have reclaimed now that the Cabal are gone.

Apparently the Cabal and world governments have been hiding the fact that domes have appeared over each old incursion site. Now that the Cabal has gone Sunspot has been able to pay the governments to allow his AIM scientists to study the domes.

It seems that the domes appeared at the same time as an event the Illuminati noticed which made them precipitate the actions of the last few issues of this series and Avengers. That event was the sudden decrease in the remaining universes from hundreds of thousands to less than 2 dozen. This suggests that time is about to run out for the multiverse.

Somewhere in a white space Dr Doom and Molecule Man materialise after they left Earth in #27. Owen Reece says he used to live here, and that this is where the death of the multiverse began. He also says he can show Victor the way but can't open the door, and shows him scattered pieces of metal. Doom deduces what the pieces were once part of, and reassembles a large machine which emits a beam of light. He says he's built the door and opened it. Reece then takes them both down the beam.

Back on Earth everyone wants to know what Mr Fantastic's plan is to stop the end of the multiverse. But all he can tell them is that this Earth is probably not going to have any more incursions until the final 1. Angry Steve Rogers wants to know if the Illuminati have actually been doing anything in these last months apart from useless investigations.

T'Challa tells them some of the Illuminati's 'adventures'. They used a Cosmic Cube to create exodus planets in other solar systems to move the Earth's population to, so they could destroy the Earth and save their universe from incursions and destruction. But 1 of the stars they selected died early (as the Ex Nihili discovered was happening all over the universe in Av#35) and took the Cube with it.

They got Galactus to take them to the Celestials for help, but the giant aliens disappeared in the middle of discussions.

They tried a multiversal solution involving the Captain Britain Corps, but something bad happened to Brian Braddock.

They tried using the power of Reed Richards' son Franklin, who died in the attempt.

They also haven't been able to find the cause of the incursion/dying multiverse problem. But then a signal alerts Mr Fantastic to the sudden arrival of Yellowjacket, who we learn was sent on a mission into the multiverse 8 months ago uncover that cause. He tells them he's found the Ivory Kings - who turn out to be the Beyonders who have followed him here.

Kev Walker
Kev Walker
Frank Martin
Gabriele Dell'Otto (Cover Penciler)
Gabriele Dell'Otto (Cover Inker)
Gabriele Dell'Otto (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Panther
Black Panther

Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Clint Barton)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic

(Reed Richards)

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