Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Ed McGuinness
In a nod to the recent Infinity War movie, Avengers #1 posits our heroes in smaller groups to confront an all encompassing villain (s). The story begins with a stirring prologue at the dawn of time with the prehistoric Avengers led by All-Father Odin (yes Thor's dad), the first Black Panther, The Phoenix, Amagotto (the first Sorceror Supreme) and gigantic Stone Age Hulk. They take on a truly large scale villain in the opening pages which then flash forwards to the present day.
Now our trio of Thor, Iron Man and Captain America are having drinks in a New York bar, contemplating getting the band back together before they are interrupted by massive sounds of destruction and away they ago. Meanwhile in space right above Earth, Captain Marvel (yay!) sees the action first hand and zooms into this worm hole to see what the fracas is.
Meanwhile back in Wakanda, T'Challa and Dr. Strange investigate strange occurrences underneath the fabled nation which leads to some crisp and funny dialogue.
Across the world Ghost Rider in his spiffy new Black Charger, gone is the motorcycle, tries to save his young nephew from some demons that start materializing out of thin air. Finally back in New York, Jennifer Walters aka She-Hulk is just jogging along in Central Park when things get real.
Whats the commotion you say..freaking Celestials falling from the sky, pretty much dead. Now Celestials are some heavy duty dudes and for someone or something to take them out is definitely someone not to be trifled with (yep borrowed that line from The Dark Knight Rises).
Iron Man, Cap, and Thor meet up with Captain Marvel and things are quickly explained. A lot of exposition is needed to set up this exciting new series and some cool action set pieces are filtered through-out. The writing is witty and engaging by Aaron and the art by McGuinness is fantastic!
Welcome back Avengers. I'll post another review soon of the second issue.