Daily Archives: December 14, 2009

Once More with Repeating

New Avengers Annual #3
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist/Cover artist: Mike Mayhew
Colors: Andy Troy
Letters: Comicraft
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Price: $4.99 US

In this comic book, a group of super-heroes teams up to free a fellow Avenger from the clutches of Norman Osborn and his Dark Avengers… again. This annual, meant as a lead-in to Siege apparently, disappoints in a number of ways, and its repetition of a similar plot that was just explored in the main series is just one of them. Not only is this story redundant, it’s completely inconsistent. It also misleads its audience into thinking that the spotlight is on one character when it’s really on another, and it serves to spotlight the lateness of another seemingly unrelated Marvel title. The failure here not only falls on the writer (who also penned the “Cage caged” story in New Avengers) but on the editing, or lack thereof. One of the appeals of shared-continuity super-hero stories is the continuity, the myth-building, but the people in charge of maintaining that continuity don’t seem to be all that interested in details.

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