Avengers Volume 5: Rogue Planet (Marvel Now) Hardcover – 15 Jul 2014
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About the Author
Jonathan Hickman is an American comic book writer and artist. He is known for the Image Comics series "The Nightly News" and currently writes "Fantastic Four," "FF," and "S.H.I.E.L.D" for Marvel Comics.
Esad Ribic graduated from the School of Applied Arts and Design in Zagreb as a graphic designer. He started making comics in the early 90s, doing shorts strips and illustrations for the Croatian "Plavi" magazine and German "Gespenster Geschichten." Ribic also worked for Zagreb Film as a film animator on such series as "The Little Flying Bears" and "Lapitch the Little Shoemaker."
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The story in the middle-three issues has AIM finding an original Avengers team on a dying parallel Earth and accidentally unleashing them on New York, then trying to cover everything up with a new team of Super-Adaptoids. However, the resulting dead Avenger is big news, and Maria Hill is on a short fuse of late with the Avengers: “Exactly where were all of you three hours ago?”
As it turns out, these are evil Avengers, would you believe it, and another big fight kicks off with the real Avengers, but AIM have a secret weapon that lets them steal their Avengers back. What they don’t know is that Bruce Banner has swapped places with his counterpart… which comes in handy in that final issue where a Bruce gets into the Illuminati.Read more ›
On the rooftop of Avengers Tower in present day New York, Thor is grilling a BBQ for his fellow heroes. In the year 3030, a future Iron Man is readying himself for a time travelling trip back to our present day, whilst an adult (and somehow immortal?) Franklin Richards has reservations about it.
In the midst of the BBQ, Iron Man 3030 appears and gives the present day heroes a warning; a rogue planet is hurtling through the cosmos - destination Earth. Earth's mightiest heroes have several weeks to come up with a plan.
This is not to be confused with the parallel worlds colliding with ours in the current New Avengers storyline, although that plot is intermingled with this story. This is another chunk of planetary rock that is heading our way. The story implies that it's been shot from somewhere, only time will tell where from or by whom.
Meanwhile, AIM are doing a little parallel world playing of their own. They have constructed a portal that can open doors to the multiverse. Their first contact coming through the portal just so happens to be a parallel world's Avengers team. And they're not very friendly.
AIM scientists have also created a group of adaptoids - artificial humanoids that have been infused with the genes of our current Avengers heroes (tissue samples taken during an earlier confrontation a couple of volumes ago). As part of their beta-testing, they unleash them in NYC where the parallel Avengers team are headed. Cue standard fight scenes and the adaptoids withdraw back to AIM HQ after killing parallel Hank Pym, which draws the attention of S.H.I.E.L.D.Read more ›
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Whoo, Jonathan Hickman is out there. Haha. Hickman finally starts bleeding more of what is going on in New Avengers into the main book here and revelations are made that are quite stunning, but like usual, Hickman leaves more questions to be answered and piles more intrigue on the ones still unanswered as he will probably reveal all in grand fashion at the closure of his run.
This volume kicks off with a chapter break issue entitled Rogue Planet. In it Hickman shows a future Ironman going into the past to warn our current Avengers of a, well, rogue planet that is on a collision course with Earth. This future Ironman helps the team out and reveals his true agenda to the current Ironman, Tony Stark. It is odd to me that all the other Avengers so willingly accept the aid of a "future Ironman" but oh well there is a story to progress.
The next four issues are a mini arc that is just Hickman style weird and ends with some bombshell shakeups. On A.I.M. Island the amoral scientist group, with the coolest beekeeper suits around, continue poking and prodding into the unknown with little to no care of the consequences. I believe it was made clear early on in this series, but here Hickman pounds it in that the A.I.M. scientists are very aware of the incursion events going on in the multiverse that Stark and his illuminati pals are dealing with over in New Avengers, and really do not care. In fact they seem to just want to stir up as much trouble before their planet reaches it's own doom. They have a machine that is able to open into parallel worlds and are able to reach in and pull beings out just as an incursion of two worlds occurs. They just happened to pull the original lineup of the Avengers out; Captain America, Ironman, Thor, Antman, Wasp, and the Hulk, who are all kinda evil.
The story unfolds in a non-linear fashion as Maria Hill and S.H.I.E.L.D. play catchup to the madness A.I.M. has unleashed and then the current team of the Avengers are on the case as well. A.I.M. also releases something into the multiverse that leads to a startling revelation. But finally, in issue 28 Hickman lays out a great character moment for Bruce Banner and a great moment of this series, as this volume just runs high on it's concepts and plot points up until Banner's awesome moment. Banner has a meeting with Tony Stark to discuss some things he has noticed ever since the formation of the new team and it leads to a startling development...
Nothing but top notch art work here as Esad Ribic, Mike Deodato, Butch Guice, and Salvador Larroca do the illustrating work for issue 24 and then Larroca does the next four issues. They are colored by Marvel's stable of phenomenal colorists with Frank Martin, Dean White, Paul Mounts, and Laura Martin.
All in all, a very good entry to Hickman's crazy multiverse shattering Avenger story that has some odd moments and is more setup for what is to come, but still very entertaining and engaging along with some marvelous art. Next up Cap remembers a thing or two about the Illuminati in Avengers Volume 6: Infinite Avengers (Marvel Now). Cannot wait!!!
This volume was a muddled mess. In addition to the two Avengers teams going head to head, we have a time traveler from the future (how is there a future if everything dies?) here to warn Tony Stark about a rogue planet about to collide with Earth. Meh. What makes this planet so dire when all the universes are colliding anyway?
Overall, the only thing that made this volume worth reading was seeing Banner figure out that something was up and his introduction to the Illuminati. The incursion storyline is just not that compelling since our heroes have done nothing but talk about it. Because, that is all they can do.
One of my favorite parts off this, however, was the final issue, which had a conversation between our Banner and Tony Stark, which ties in to the events happening in New Avengers. If you're going to keep up with this title, at this point you're going to want to keep up with both, which basically combine in the four-volume "Time Runs Out" series.
I'm not a huge fan of Larroca's art, but it's better than a lot of art I've seen over the years.