Comic Book A Day – Day 27 – New Avengers 29 (2012)

New Avengers 29 review

Dr. Strange uses his mystical Kirby hands!

I really love when writers retcon bits of comic history to bring in new, fresh ideas in a way that doesn’t really change what we already know and love.  Take the concept of Marvel’s Illuminati created by Brian Michael Bendis for his excellent run on the Avengers.

Marvel Illuminati

Photo day at the weirdo school

The Illuminati consisted of Iron Man, Reed Richards, Namor, Black Bolt, Professor X and Dr. Strange.  It was shown that they would meet and decide what course of actions to take based on current and future problems facing the Marvel 616.

They’re the dudes who shot the Hulk into space.

Well after Hulk World, Civil War and now Avengers Vs. X-men, these dudes don’t really like each other that much anymore.


Frying Fish

And that’s the whole point of New Avengers 29.  Captain America is all out of ideas and asks his once again friend Tony Stark to call a meeting of the Illuminati, which Namor, who is now a major enemy is part of.  The entire plan is just to get him to the table to talk, so this whole crazy change the world thing can be put to a stop.

There’s no trap (it’s a trap!), just honest conversation between two old WWII allies.

Most of the comic is spent just seeing how the other members of the Illuminati interact with each other, which is beyond interesting since Professor X trained Cyclops who is leading the Phoenix X-men.

None of the others beside Captain America believe Namor is going to come.  Will he?  I’m not going to tell you, but I liked this issue enough to recommend reading it to find out.

I’m giving New Avengers 29 (2012) 5 out of 6 possible Aarons.

Clam bake!

Aaron Haber


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