Okay, I've never hidden my feelings about the New Avengers series... I feel it has NO right being called “Avengers”, because it's basically a team of NON-Avengers, led by a non-Avenger! I mean hell, I like Luke Cage as much as the next guy(unless the next guy is Bendis...), but sorry, I don't see him as an Avengers leader. On the same note, I don't see Wolverine, Spider-Man, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones or Daredevil as Avengers... Heroes for Hire? Sure. Defenders? Maybe. But Avengers? Hell no! But I'm going to put those feelings aside since this issue supposedly ties into the AvX event, and as a completist, I feel compelled to pick this one up. Here's hoping that's not a $4 mistake...
New Avengers #24(AvX tie-in):
Summary: For some reason people are protesting against the Avengers in front of Avengers Mansion... Seriously, they're the goddamn AVENGERS! Fucking ingrates... Anyway, Captain America has ordered the Avengers to not engage the protesters, so Iron Fist decides to head outside to talk to them... But Cap said... Nevermind... As Iron Fist exits the Mansion, we find Luke Cage on camera begging his wife, Jessica Jones, to come back to him with his daughter. Luke talks for a very long time before Jessica wanders over with the baby. The two then go inside to talk... Uh-oh... I have a BAAAAD feeling about this... Luke and Jessica then proceed to talk about NOTHING for FIVE STRAIGHT PAGES!!!!!!! When I die and go to Hell, THIS scene will be the only thing I'll be allowed to read!! It's that bad!!! After the scene from hell ends, Cap calls a meeting(thank GOD!) and tells the gathered Avengers about the Phoenix Force and Hope. Cap wants to take Hope into custody and get her off-world(or something, my mind is pretty much gone by this point), which means heading to Crazy Mutie Island(Utopia). From there, Red Hulk psyches up the team and they head off, at which point we get a replay of the end of AvX #1, which finished this comic off.
Thoughts: Wow. Just wow... Okay, first the good. Red Hulk's two speeches were surprisingly good. The rest? Just horrible... Simply horrible. But instead of me telling you, how about I just end this post by showing you some of what I'm talking about?
Score: 2 out of 10.