New Avengers #3 sees the Knights of the Infinite going after Hulkling and Wiccan. And has Songbird uncovered evidence of a traitor on the team?
Is it good?
New Avengers #3 (Marvel Comics)
At the far end of the Andromeda Galaxy is a civilization made up of Skrulls, Kree and hybrids of the two; turmoil has devastated these Skrull and Kree folk in the past few years, so the civilization is looking for a king to lead them to glory. The thing is, they already have a particular person in mind for the job…
Moridun, that creature The Maker summoned in the last issue, decides to take full control of the Skrull/Kree civilization and declared himself king… so whoever the Skrull/Krees have in mind for the job better get moving.
There are a few montages following this that involve the New Avengers and what they are currently up to. One reveals that Pod’s host, Aikku, has become an inhuman… or possibly has merged with Pod (it’s not clear) and Aikku’s girlfriend broke up with her. Then there’s the situation where it is revealed Songbird discovered a tracker on herself and thinks there is another traitor in the midst of A.I.M. that has been keeping tabs on the team.
Suddenly, a spaceship filled with a few of the aliens from the opening show up and request that the New Avengers hand over Hulking. Before anyone can make peaceful negotiations, Pod shows up (very angry about the whole situation with Aikku and her girlfriend) and shoots at the ship. Because of that, the aliens just kidnap Hulking and take off, Wiccan teleporting aboard to follow.
In response to this, Sunspot gets the team together and reveals his own special spaceship meant for deep space travel. Everyone is determined to get Hulking back.
The issue ends with the aliens taking the two heroes to something called the Light of Truth. They want to see if Hulking can pull a sword out of it, which he does effortlessly. In response, he is now their new king.
One of my disappointments with the first two issues was that not all of the characters got to do much or were given much character development. This issue seems to fix that a bit, at least for Hulking and Pod. We got to see more hints of Pod growing inhuman and how it was affecting Aikku (certainly more development than the previous series gave the character) and the new arc is pushing Teddy into the spotlight by focusing on his more… outer spacely origins.
Unfortunately, the issue felt rather slow and hard to get into at points. Not a whole lot happened besides setup and there was very little action as well, so the issue wasn’t as energetic as the previous two. If you are not all that familiar with Hulking’s character or backstory, like I am for instance, then a lot of the things going on in the story don’t have as much power or impact to them nor does the comic fill in new readers about some of the details. Gerardo Sandoval’s artwork is good but he oftentimes portrays characters with conflicting postures or facial expressions than Ewing’s tone suggests and there wasn’t as much energy or excitement to it as previous issues.
Most Memorable Moment:
Wait, does this mean Squirrel Girl has fought Doom on several occasions in the past then?