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Return of The Avengers
on 16 September 2006
After ripping the Avengers apart Marvel begins the task of putting them back together for a new generation. The event that brings the heroes together is a mass break out from a super criminal prison. A handful of heroes are caught up in it and a few others arrive to help out. The following day Captain America decides to put the group of heroes together as a team and officially form a New Avengers team.
Bendis is taking The New Avengers in a different direction to the previous team. Without giving anything away the theme of the title is 'conspiracy'. From finding out who organised the breakout to the why a great deal of deception is uncovered which in turn gives the team a direction to head in as they eventually try to uncover whose behind it in future issues.
Now Avengers fans of old know that The Avengers works best when it feels like a giant crossover of heroes trying to overcome a massive threat. Despite the new direction there's a lot of what makes Avengers work in this book, a lot of cameos and a lot of action. The majority of issue 2 is a huge fight scene and odd fight moments pop up throughout the book. However this team of Avengers is very different, a penthouse instead of a mansion, no official status, no money and bar Iron Man and Captain America a team with few ties to The Avengers - although thankfully Jarvis is still around.
David Finch doing the pencils is on fine form and there are a good few splash pages that go down well (Also at the back there's a collection of alternative covers). Bendis on the writing does a good job on what is essentially a setting the story up volume and gets all the characters right - don't worry Spider-Man is given a good set on gags. All in all a very good start and a fresh team of Avengers and I look forward to enjoying future volumes.