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New Avengers #7: Review

Jun 2013
Jonathan Hickman, Mike Deodato Jr.

Story Name:

Thrones

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

New Avengers #7 Review by (June 23, 2013)
The Universal Inhumans are subgroups of 4 races who were experimented on by the Kree, as the Inhumans are such a subgroup of humans. Their queens appeared in Fantastic Four #577 searching for Black Bolt whom they believe will lead them (to a takeover of Earth). I don't know why Attilan is over New York, but it's been a mobile air/spaceship for a while now. I don't think it's been hanging around ever since Medusa joined the F(uture) F(oundation) in the latest FF#1. We'll probably find out what mad Maximus is building next issue. But maybe he's the explanation for part of the Previews blurb for this isse, which talks about a secret member of the Illuminati that they don't all know about. Or maybe it's the leader(?) of the Dora Milaje? Or maybe it's Lockjaw? Another part of the blurb asks how does Black Bolt lie. The answer seems to be by not saying anything. Which for him is 2nd nature.

Dr Strange is presumably not helping with Black Swan because in #5 she refused to have anything to do with a sorcerer. I don't know what the 1-panel shot of Strange surrounded by demons refers to, despite him being in both halves of A+X #9 this week. Maybe it's got something to do with the dangerous Blood Bible he was studying in #4? It says Beast has mutated. He certainly looks less like a Thune now in the 1 shot we get of him this issue. Presumably this is the change to a more blue and furry version that occurred in All-New X-Men #5, but I'd originally thought that's what his Thune-look was supposed to be from #3 of this series. Mr Fantastic and his family have been vacationing in outer space since the start of their Marvel NOW series. But the Age of Ultron tie-in #5AU showed that they could get back to Earth immediately if necessary (even though that actual event has been relegated to an alternate timeline by the ending of AoU). So Reed could be commuting. Black Panther has put off his blood vendetta against Sub-Mariner for the duration of the incursions crisis. But Namor (and the other Illuminati) have to meet Panther in secret in the Necropolis. We are reminded this issue that only his loyal Dora Milaje female guards know about this.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

New Avengers #7 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
The previously page only has stuff from last issue:- The latest incursion was at Dr Doom's castle in Latveria. Black Swan told the Illuminati that the blue sky signalled the presence of the Sidera Maris, who would invade our Earth while destroying the barren one they left behind in the other universe. Our guys destroyed that Earth prematurely and Doom beat off the invaders.

It's now a month later and there have been no more incursions, after having 4 incidents in just over 2 weeks. Iron Man is off in space with the Guardians of the Galaxy, but he and Mr Fantastic are keeping in touch by very-very-long range instantaneous holograms. The Illuninati still have Black Swan captive, but they're allowing her to learn about our Earth from books (she's not allowed Internet access). They're all (except Dr Strange and of course the absent Tony Stark) taking turns to talk with her. (Their other prisoner Terrax is still not talking to anyone.)

Keeping Stark up-to-date, Reed Richards tells him that Stephen Strange has been incommunicado for a week, Something's happening in Attilan, and there's a war brewing between Wakanda and Atlantis.

The Wakandans hate Atlanteans since they and Sub-Mariner devastated the capital with a tidal wave in Avengers vs X-Men #7-8. They have now captured some Atlanteam generals and are going to put them on trial for war crimes. The Atlanteans responded by trying to arrest the Wakandan anbassador to the UN, but things got out of hand and the ambassador and his staff were killed. The Wakandans sent an elite strike force on an undersea counterstrike, but it was a trap and they were all killed.

The issue now continues with present-day action. Namor comes to see T'Challa in the Wakandan Necropolis. He claims that if a war begins Wakanda won't win. Not because of inferior forces or technology but because their ruler, T'Challa's sister Shuri, has enemies within the court. These enemies arranged for the Wakandan strike force to fail.

Sub-Mariner offers the Wakandans an honourable peace. He points out that they don't need this distraction from the serious business of preparing for further incursions. Once again T'Challa puts aside his personal hatred of Namor. He suggest the Atlanteans make the offer through normal channels. That way he can support it in council without suspicion falling on him.

Dr Strange and Mr Fantastic have dinner with Dr Doom and his adopted son Kristoff in Castle Doom. Doom invited them because he wants to know what was behind the attack on Latveria last issue. Reed is evasive about what he's been doing lately, including how come he's here on Earth when he's supposed to be off in space with his family. Both heroes deny knowing anything about the incursion, despite Doom and son having seen them there. They warn Doom not to inquire further into it. Then they exit by means mystical and/or scientific.

In Attilan, hovering over New York, the 4 queens of the Universal Inhumans have come to see Black Bolt about strange portents of disaster (presumably related to the incursions). But Medusa tells them he is hidden away involved in something he won't tell her about. We find the king (and Lockjaw) closeted with his mad brother Maximus who is building an evil device for him.

Reed Richards is now in the Necropolis putting the finishing touches to an amtimatter bomb like the one they used to destroy the other Earth last issue. T'Challa enters to discuss Namor's offer. Reed counsels peace (and along the way tells us that he's regularly commuting between Earth and outer space [a thing we saw possible in Fantastic Four #5AU]). But Panther points to all the antimatter bombs Reed has stockpiled.

The next day there's a Wakandan council meeting. Black Panther (Shuri) tells them of the Atlantean peace offer. Black Panther (T'Challa) advises that they accept it, without withdrawing from the vow that Sub-Mariner himself must die. But Shuri tells the council that Wakanda is ready for war, and a general urges it. Shuri declares war on Atlantis.


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New Avengers #7 cover


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

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Beast
Beast

(Hank McCoy)
Black Panther
Black Panther

(T'Challa)
Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom

(Victor Von Doom)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Maximus
Maximus

(Maximus the Mad)
Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic

(Reed Richards)

Plus: Atlanteans, Black Panther (Shuri), Dora Milaje, Kristoff Vernard, Lockjaw, Universal Inhumans.