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New Avengers #12 - Epilogue

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Infinity has ended, but there are still a few loose ends for the Illuminati to tie up, and a few more to be unraveled.

The Good

I said in my Infinity review that Jonathan Hickman had done the seemingly impossible and put out six quality issues that told a great beginning, middle and end to a massive, publisher-wide event, and that was true. But it wasn’t the entire story. Because across Avengers and New Avengers, there have been 16 issues total, all of which make very good, solid stories that focus on those books’ respective casts, but together paint an incredible space opera of such epic scope that I can’t believe how character focused it all is. This issue gives us one of the best interactions between T’Challa and Namor yet, some legitimate fallout from the events of Infinity and even goes so far as to answer a plot thread that was only vaguely hinted at in the pages of that event. It wasn’t a major thing, so I understand not wanting to explain it there, but I’m glad it got some attention here. We get some excellent finality on each member of the Illuminati, but before any of them can catch their breath, we’re teased with some incredible future storylines. Particularly for Dr. Strange.

Mike Deodato continues his string of delivering some of the best quiet, character-heavy, dialog-rich moments in the last year in the pages of this title. It’s an incredibly versatile style that suits the action (of which there is next to none in this issue) as well as the more introspective times. It’s also equally suited to the undersea, floaty look of Namor’s Atlantis as well as it is the surreal, mind-bending Sanctum Sanctorum of Dr. Strange, making him a true rarity of an artist able to handle one of the most diverse teams in the Marvel U.

The Bad

If there’s anything to complain about, it’s that this issue crams in too much content without allowing our heroes (and lately that term can be used more and more loosely around these guys) to truly take in all that’s happened to them. The teases we get for future storylines are tantalizing and intriguing, but after all that’s happened, a breather feels like it was called for.

The Verdict

It feels odd complaining about too much good stuff, but it has been known to happen from time to time (anyone who’s ever eaten an entire pizza knows what I’m talking about), but that’s a minor point in the grand scheme of things. This is a fantastic read from cover-to-cover, a great New Avengers title and the perfect epilogue to the Infinity event. There’s little reason not to check it out.

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batmannflash

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Infinity 6 was really really good. Going to read this one too

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There are enough plot line possibilities in this issue to last 5 years. Great issue and wrap up for Infinity.

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I liked Infinity over all another solid event. But New Avengers continues to be amazing I hope we get to learn more about Black Swan in the upcoming issues she is one of the big reasons why I am sticking with this book.

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Sweet

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The ending to Infinity was freaking sweet! I absolutely loved it and Corey was right to give it the rating that he did in the other review! It was the best event I read in years.

It is a true precedent for what events should be like for years to come,It was truly a solid event imo. Good job,Marvel....

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Great epilogue. I love you Hickman.

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The interactions between namor and panther as well as Maximus and BB we well worth it (even of BB didn't do much talking )

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I love the last few pages, and the conversation and realization they had .... bring on "Infinity and beyond" !

(Yes that's what I think the next event should be called)

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This was a solid Epilogue. AT the very end when Black Swan was listing all those other entities that have been hinted at in her own history I was thinking...wow I want to see Thanos break out and fight Some Dead Kings or Black Priest s or what not lol. Also slightly funny is I dont think Terrax has moved since the illuminati captured him. This series is always a good read.

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This was a solid Epilogue. AT the very end when Black Swan was listing all those other entities that have been hinted at in her own history I was thinking...wow I want to see Thanos break out and fight Some Dead Kings or Black Priest s or what not lol. Also slightly funny is I dont think Terrax has moved since the illuminati captured him. This series is always a good read.

If you go back to New Avengers #2 you would see panels of the illuminati and some of the Avengers fighting the people she mentioned. Crazy stuff Hickman

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@savagedragon said:

This was a solid Epilogue. AT the very end when Black Swan was listing all those other entities that have been hinted at in her own history I was thinking...wow I want to see Thanos break out and fight Some Dead Kings or Black Priest s or what not lol. Also slightly funny is I dont think Terrax has moved since the illuminati captured him. This series is always a good read.

If you go back to New Avengers #2 you would see panels of the illuminati and some of the Avengers fighting the people she mentioned. Crazy stuff Hickman

Wow thanks for the reminder. i just flipped through. Thats so sick. This series is hands down the most compelling Marvel book imo at least.

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@savagedragon said:

This was a solid Epilogue. AT the very end when Black Swan was listing all those other entities that have been hinted at in her own history I was thinking...wow I want to see Thanos break out and fight Some Dead Kings or Black Priest s or what not lol. Also slightly funny is I dont think Terrax has moved since the illuminati captured him. This series is always a good read.

If you go back to New Avengers #2 you would see panels of the illuminati and some of the Avengers fighting the people she mentioned. Crazy stuff Hickman

Hickman also did this in Avengers #1. In the first few pages we see glimpses of future events to come we see the builders armada coming to earth so its a nice little touch that Mr Hickman does for the readers.