Writer: BENDIS. Pencils: Stewart Immonen.
What Happened: Osborn decides to take Dr. Harrow's deal and Harrow gives Osborn and the Dark Avengers their powers back. Before Osborn can have Spider-Man killed, Mockingbird lands a Quinjet in the street and the New Avengers beat a hasty retreat. Luke Cage is having a heart attack, so the team flies him to the Night Nurse to see if she can help. Meanwhile, Daken managed to get the scent of the Quinjet(???)and manages to lead Osborn and the rest of the Dark Avengers to the Night Nurse's base of operations. Night Nurse explains that since she can't cut into Luke's bulletproof skin there's nothing she can do to help him. The Avengers realize they need Osborn's power dampener in order to dampen Luke's powers. While they're all arguing over which one of them should surrender to Osborn and co, Luke decides that he'll surrender to Osborn himself, which would give the Avengers a chance to escape from Osborn and his crew. Luke walks outside to surrender, but ends up collapsing.
What I thought: Once again, this issue wasn't nearly as bad as I was expecting, but that doesn't really change my fundamental problem with BENDIS and this series. First off, BENDIS' dialogue is painfully bad at times, as this issue proved. If you don't believe me, just check out the conversation between Night Nurse and Ms. Marvel. Besides that, I just don't care about this series, these characters or the situations they find themselves in... That's really a sad thing, considering the fact that I grew up reading and loving the Avengers. I can't believe BENDIS has been the driving force behind the Avengers for over five years now... Eh, what else can I say that I haven't said already?
Score: 5 out of 10.Why the hell do all of the characters in every single one of BENDIS' comic books have to constantly repeat themselves or stutter?!?!