So today was Free Comic Book Day and one of the most anticipated free comic books was The All-New, All-Different Avengers, the preview of what things will be like post-Secret Wars in the Marvel universe.
Besides having a somewhat unwieldy name, the ANADA actually boasts a pretty great creative team: writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, S.H.I.E.L.D., and pretty much every other book out there at one point or another) and artist Mahmud Asrar (Dynamo 5, Wolverine and the X-Men).
The members of this all-new Avengers are Captain America (Sam Wilson), Thor (unknown right now), the Vision, Iron Man, and three new members: Nova (Sam Alexander), Spider-Man (Miles Morales), and Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan).
We know those three are brand-new members because Ms. Marvel tells us in the narration as she adorably yells “Avengers Assemble!” The short story is a quick one and uncomplicated: there’s a green energy dragon and the more experienced Avengers fight that while the younger Avengers go into a bank to find who is causing it.
There are a few things that go unexplained that are intriguing:
- For some reason, Sam Wilson hates the mention of Steve Rogers name. Rogers must have done something really wrong for Sam to not want to speak about him.
- Iron Man is not Tony Stark. At one point, Miles asks if his web-fluid could be expensed and then says, “I know we don’t have Stark money anymore.” He’s still called Iron Man, however, which probably means it’s not Pepper Potts — so who is it? Well, one option is Rhodey, which would be awesome and mean there would two African-Americans (Rhodey and Sam Wilson), one Afro-Latino (Miles Morales), one Pakistani-America (Kamala), one half-Latino (Sam Alexander), a woman (Thor), and an android (Vision), meaning the entire team is basically made up of minorities (and an android).
The second half of the issue is Uncanny Inhumans #0, written by Charles Soule and illustrated by Brandon Peterson, which was also a lot of fun. Some things that revealed:
- There is now a cloud of Terrigen mist that is going around the world transforming people. How is this possible? The Terrigen bomb that Black Bolt unleashed back in Infinity only lasted about a day, but this cloud seems to be sticking around.
- The Human Torch and Medusa are in a relationship. Which could get awkward since 1) she might still be married to Black Bolt and 2) he used to date Crystal, her little sister. But they seem to be getting along.
So there we go.