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  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel - US (23 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785168370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785168379
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.3 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pink Fluffy Bunny TOP 50 REVIEWER on 31 May 2014
Format: Hardcover
The story running through the New Avengers issues #7-12 is collected as New Avengers Vol. 2: Infinity Premiere. This story is interleaved with the story running through Avengers - Volume 4: Infinity (Marvel Now) (Avengers (Marvel Unnumbered)) and Infinity itself (Infinity Volume 1 Infinity Volume 2). Issues #9-12 are included in the Infinity collected volumes (as is the entirety of ‘Avengers – Infinity’), just to be annoying; so while you can read all of the Avengers issues there, you need to read this volume for the two ‘introductory’ issues which lead us in to this story; and reading this volume on its own doesn’t work, because chunks of the story take place in the Avengers and Infinity issues. Grrrr. I suppose you could wait for an Omnibus edition…

So, basically, while the main Avengers team is off in space fighting the Builders of this universe whose armada(s) are heading for Earth, but are busy conquering everything in their path (for reasons that are only revealed in New Avengers #11 & #12), Thanos makes a play to invade Earth - “Earth you see… she has no Avengers.”. He is ostensibly looking for Infinity Gems, but has an ulterior motive (or possibly a second motive, as Infinity Gems are not to be considered secondary to anything).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Culleton on 15 Mar. 2014
Format: Hardcover
There may be spoilers ahead:

Previously in New Avengers:

The Illuminati, a secret sect of superheroes (current roster: Black Bolt, Namor, Reed Richards, Iron Man, Beast, Doctor Strange and Black Panther) have joined forces to combat the threat of parallel Earths colliding with our own. They have been successful so far, saving Earth 616 with the duplicitous assistance of the Black Swan, a mysterious humanoid female of unknown power or origin who they captured during one planetary incursion (see New Avengers - Volume 1: Everything Dies (Marvel Now)). Meanwhile, Namor and Black Panther have been squaring up against each other due to Namor's actions against T'Challa's country when he was possessed by the Phoenix Force (see Avengers Versus X-Men). War is seemingly brewing...

Now, in volume 2:

War has occurred. Is occurring. Thanos the Mad Titan has invaded with his galactic armies of The Black Order, using the distractions of The Builders (see the recent Avengers volumes 1 to Infinity) and the parallel incursions as his opportunity to strike. The Avengers have headed off into space to meet the oncoming threat, leaving the Illuminati to do what they can from Earth.

Attacks in New York, Wakanda, Attilan and Atlantis keep the New Avengers busy. The X-Men get brief cameos as the Jean Grey School also comes under attack. Doctor Strange is confronted by one of Thanos' generals, called The Ebony Maw. Stephen starts acting...well, strange. Maximus the Mad, Black Bolt's brother, is building a machine for questionable means.
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By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 25 Mar. 2015
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Oh, Jonathan Hickman, New Avengers was supposed to be your good Avengers comic! So what happened? One word: Infinity. Boooooo!

A long time coming, Black Panther and Namor finally fight each other, Wakanda leading the hostilities against Atlantis for what Namor did during AVX under the influence of the Phoenix Force. Then Thanos invades, looking for the Infinity Gems and… something else… and that takes up the rest of the book. Hickman touches on the world’s colliding storyline from the first book briefly at the end to give it the semblance of connection to the series but this still feels like a jumbled assortment of odds and sods.

It’s weird how Hickman’s written Black Panther: a loner who hangs out in The Necropolis all day with giant bombs, plotting nation building, like a superhero Unabomber! I don’t know much about the character but I’m pretty sure he wasn’t this nuts before. That’s partly the problem though: I don’t know or care much about Black Panther or Namor so seeing the two fight isn’t satisfying or very interesting. I just thought, these guys are supposed to be super-smart - they’re part of the elite Illuminati, which is what this book really is, not an Avengers comic - but instead they’re having a pissing contest like a pair of Hulks. Hmm...

Then we get to the Infinity stuff which are the side issues in between the main event so if you haven’t read that you might find this collection a bit puzzling. One minute Thanos invades, then Atlantis is surrendering, then Black Bolt’s set off a bomb, there’s talk of someone important who Thanos is here to see, then it’s over and Thanos is defeated. Wha… huh?! I didn’t like Infinity and I liked the side-issues even less.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Illuminati Vs. Infinity 23 Jan. 2014
By Slim Cat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This volume collects issues 7-12.

The illuminati, a very secretive group of superheroes who have banded together to protect the world at whatever the cost. Iron Man, Mr. Fantastic, Dr. Strange, Black Panther, Namor, Black Bolt, and Beast must fight off an invasion from Thanos, with none of the Avengers around due to cosmic level threats that have taken them off earth. Not only do they have to deal with the mad titan's overwhelming forces but the incursion events, earth's from parallel universes sliding into the 616's world and threatening to destroy both world's, are still looming.

Jonathan Hickman is rocking it with this series. As the subtitle implies, this title ties in with the "Infinity" event that is written by him as well. Marvel is going to release a big hardcover with all the Infinity, New Avengers, and Avengers issues involved in this massive epic story. I have read all three series and the New Avengers section is the least held to the other and stands the best on it's own. It's main focus is on the Illuminati group and on earth unlike Avengers and Infinity that focus on many characters from around the galaxy. This series sticks to the problems presented in the first volume and adds the alien invasion of Thanos due to his desire to hunt down the infinity gems the illuminati once possessed, a secretive surprise, and that the main Avengers have left Earth to deal with the life creating world architects, The Builders, who have gone mad and are destroying worlds. Hickman does give some answers that the other two series leave the reader wanting as to the Builders and how they were just the horizon of the madness to arise.

Hickamn continues the subplot of Wakanda and Atlantis being at war very well with the hostilities between Black Panther and Namor very present. They hate each other due to their roles as leaders of their nations but must get along as members of the Illuminati to fight for the existence of their world. There is also some scheming on Black Bolt's part as he is seemingly tired of being the King of the Inhumans. Every individual on this team is a fascinating character and the dynamics of their team are very unique. It is not a superhero book, not an offshoot of the Avengers anyway, as they have to make hard despicable decisions that darken their souls. It has a lot of crazy sci-fi action as well as political intrigue. Thanos makes a perfect villain who is just capitalizing on taking care of his wants at an opportune time. His generals, The Black Order, are a really cool new group of mixed space races with cool powers psychopaths that give the Illuminati fits.

Mike Deodato's artwork fits the book perfectly as it has this dark edge that is perfect for the story. His work is really gorgeous to look at.

Cannot wait for the next volume as this is definitely one of my top series and these men are going to pay dearly for their sins.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good story. DON'T buy it. 26 Aug. 2014
By Ben Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is good, but it contains chapters of a bigger story, which are all in the "Infinity" collection.

Don't buy this. Buy the bigger collection instead. I bought this, then bought the bigger volume since I felt like I was missing a few things, and then gave this one to a friend. Infinity was a big, complicated story, but it was a good purchase, and I'm glad I've got that instead of just this.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Big Trouble in Little Earth 15 Mar. 2014
By Culleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
There may be spoilers ahead:

Previously in New Avengers:

The Illuminati, a secret sect of superheroes (current roster: Black Bolt, Namor, Reed Richards, Iron Man, Beast, Doctor Strange and Black Panther) have joined forces to combat the threat of parallel Earths colliding with our own. They have been successful so far, saving Earth 616 with the duplicitous assistance of the Black Swan, a mysterious humanoid female of unknown power or origin who they captured during one planetary incursion (see New Avengers, Vol. 1: Everything Dies). Meanwhile, Namor and Black Panther have been squaring up against each other due to Namor's actions against T'Challa's country when he was possessed by the Phoenix Force (see Avengers Vs X-men #1 (1st Printing)). War is seemingly brewing...

Now, in volume 2:

War has occurred. Is occurring. Thanos the Mad Titan has invaded with his galactic armies of The Black Order, using the distractions of The Builders (see the recent Avengers volumes 1 to Infinity) and the parallel incursions as his opportunity to strike. The Avengers have headed off into space to meet the oncoming threat, leaving the Illuminati to do what they can from Earth.

Attacks in New York, Wakanda, Attilan and Atlantis keep the New Avengers busy. The X-Men get brief cameos as the Jean Grey School also comes under attack. Doctor Strange is confronted by one of Thanos' generals, called The Ebony Maw. Stephen starts acting...well, strange. Maximus the Mad, Black Bolt's brother, is building a machine for questionable means.

And just what is the real reason for Thanos' attack on Earth anyway?

This is actually a great story. It is "grown-up" comic fiction and would appeal to readers who are after something more than just crash, bang, wallop, baddies vs goodies. The artwork by Mike Deodato is beautiful as are the individual issue covers by Deodato, Frank and Laura Martin. Why have I only given it 3 stars? Well, it is because this New Avengers 'tie-in' to the overall Infinity story is fractured somewhat - it is interspersed in and out of the main event (as is The Avengers tie-in volume). So what you get is for example, in issue 10, something happens; there's a big, significant leap forward in the bigger picture elsewhere in the story, then in issue 11 it's leap-frogged ahead so if you haven't read the rest of Infinity (like I hadn't) you can get easily confused.

To help you understand, the whole Infinity saga runs in this order:

(New Avengers 7 and 8 = prologues)
Infinity 1
Avengers 18, New Avengers 9
Infinity 2
Avengers 19, New Avengers 10
Infinity 3
Avengers 20
Infinity 4
Avengers 21, New Avengers 11
Infinity 5
Avengers 22
Avengers 23
Infinity 6
New Avengers 12

So you see how reading just this volume can get confusing. It is still a great story, as long as you have read Volume 1, and the rest of Infinity. This probably warrants 4 stars in the bigger picture. As a standalone volume, probably 2.5 stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Love everything about this series but not for the simple minded 16 Jan. 2014
By Tyler Tumbarello - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely love the New Avengers (Well I call it New Avengers Illuminati because that is what is about and not to be confused with the other New Avengers). This series is turning into one of my favorites. The only complaint I have about this series is at times it can be confusing, which is expected when talking about multiple universes and time lines. When times get a little confusing all you have to do is read it over a few times and it will start to make sense. If you read the first volume you should not hesitate to get the second one. This is a must buy!

Also *Possible Spoiler* I absolutely love Thanos and loved seeing him in here.
Spoilt by too many tie-ins 26 Mar. 2015
By Sam Quixote - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Oh, Jonathan Hickman, New Avengers was supposed to be your good Avengers comic! So what happened? One word: Infinity. Boooooo!

A long time coming, Black Panther and Namor finally fight each other, Wakanda leading the hostilities against Atlantis for what Namor did during AVX under the influence of the Phoenix Force. Then Thanos invades, looking for the Infinity Gems and… something else… and that takes up the rest of the book. Hickman touches on the world’s colliding storyline from the first book briefly at the end to give it the semblance of connection to the series but this still feels like a jumbled assortment of odds and sods.

It’s weird how Hickman’s written Black Panther: a loner who hangs out in The Necropolis all day with giant bombs, plotting nation building, like a superhero Unabomber! I don’t know much about the character but I’m pretty sure he wasn’t this nuts before. That’s partly the problem though: I don’t know or care much about Black Panther or Namor so seeing the two fight isn’t satisfying or very interesting. I just thought, these guys are supposed to be super-smart - they’re part of the elite Illuminati, which is what this book really is, not an Avengers comic - but instead they’re having a pissing contest like a pair of Hulks. Hmm...

Then we get to the Infinity stuff which are the side issues in between the main event so if you haven’t read that you might find this collection a bit puzzling. One minute Thanos invades, then Atlantis is surrendering, then Black Bolt’s set off a bomb, there’s talk of someone important who Thanos is here to see, then it’s over and Thanos is defeated. Wha… huh?! I didn’t like Infinity and I liked the side-issues even less.

Here’s a good example of why this book story is so unengaging: a fleet of Thanos’ ships invades Wakanda led by one his lieutenants, Black Dwarf (who is neither black nor a dwarf). We see Black Panther and Wakandan forces firing guns at Thanos’ troops, we see Thanos’ troops firing back at the Wakandan forces - but what are we seeing and why is it important? Are the Wakandans outnumbered? Where are Black Dwarf’s forces attacking and why? Who’s winning - can we bring the view to look over the battle for some perspective?

But no, characters fire guns while spouting exposition, Black Panther wrestles Black Dwarf who eventually slinks off defeated. Oh, uh, yay? Hickman is a big picture kinda writer - HUGE battles, alien army invades Wakanda, HUGE guns, tons of destruction!! Ok, moving onto the next big thing... - but the details matter in making what we’re seeing seem significant to the reader. Of course I’m not going to care about this sequence - no care is taken by the writer in crafting a convincing or meaningful battle scene in the first place, it’s just a generic battle!

Nonsense prevails and Infinity plays itself out (and if you don’t know Infinity’s story, lucky you!) as Black Swan (does every other character have “black” as a prefix in their name!?) reminds us that the Illuminati were supposed to figure out how to save Earth from multiple planets crashing together but by then I’d lost all interest. Eh, they probably figure something out in the next book, I don’t need to read that to find out.

Mike Deodato’s art isn’t bad except for a few pixelated-looking panels and repeated drawings - such is the price of drawing monthly comics. I preferred Steve Epting’s art from the first book but then that’s the story of this volume 2, isn’t it? The first one was so much better!

Like all cursed events, Infinity disrupted a good series by throwing it wildly off course. Infinity tie-ins litter this volume, giving it this a very uneven reading experience. Bah, yet more disappointing comics from Hickman!
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