New Avengers Guest Starring the Fantastic Four #1: Review

Apr 2005
Brian Michael Bendis, Dan Jurgens

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Review & Comments

Rating:
2 stars

New Avengers Guest Starring the Fantastic Four #1 Review by (March 15, 2010)
Review: Brief and undistinguished special presents a puzzle: since the soldiers in the story are portrayed as the bad guys, why was this presented as a tribute to “the real heroes, the men and women of the U.S. Military?" What were they thinking? The Kree are ready to shoot first without bothering to identify their opponents, and when matters are cleared up, they are still arrogant and disdainful of the foreign culture they have been deployed to. Looks like a veiled criticism of America’s overseas involvement designed to subvert the US soldiers’ mission rather than honor them. Criticizing the war effort is one thing but this seems like a slap at the soldiers themselves. No wonder Captain America is largely silent throughout the tale.

Comments: This one-shot special was distributed free to American military personnel in Iraq and other foreign countries. As the cover says: "Marvel salutes the real heroes, the men and women of the U.S. Military." Avengers: Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, Wolverine, Luke Cage, Sentry.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

New Avengers Guest Starring the Fantastic Four #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
Iron Man and Reed "Mr. Fantastic" Richards arrive in the Louisiana Bayou in response to a summons from SHIELD. A conservation group has discovered an alien spacecraft embedded in the rock strata where it must have sat for millennia. The craft is transported to the roof of Avengers Tower, where the New Avengers and the Fantastic Four examine it. Iron Man encloses the roof in a glass dome and several of the stronger members of the team pry the door open. Inside is a floating red ball. When Reed touches it, it glows and the glow resolves itself into a group of armored Kree warriors. The Kree fire power blasts at the Earth heroes and a battle ensues. Iron Man manages to bring Reed’s universal translator online and talk to the unwilling visitors. They learn the Kree were sent to secure Earth as a base in their ongoing war with the Skrulls. Reed and Tony tell them the war has been over for centuries and the Kree won. The Kree make a few snide comments about Earth’s low level of development and leave the heroes standing amid a lot of wreckage.

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Dan Jurgens
Sandu Florea
Frank D'Armata
Dan Jurgens (Cover Penciler)
Sandu Florea (Cover Inker)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Human Torch
Human Torch

(Johnny Storm)
Invisible Woman
Invisible Woman

(Sue Storm)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Luke Cage
Luke Cage

(Power Man)
Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic

(Reed Richards)
Spider-Man
Spider-Man

(Peter Parker)
Spider-Woman
Spider-Woman

(Jessica Drew)
Thing
Thing

(Ben Grimm)
Wolverine
Wolverine

(James Howlett)

Plus: Kree.