“Memento Mori,” published by Marvel.
Written by Jonathan Hickman. Penciled by Steve Epting. Inked by Rick Magyar with Epting.
It’s the start of the third volume, but my first ever issue of NA. I may have figured out what “New Avengers” means. It’s definitely isn’t the successor of the original Avengers team; they’re alive and well. The “New” must signify an alternative group which aims to “improve” any notion of the Avengers concept. Even better for current Marvelites, tagging “New” to “Avengers” is easy shorthand for a relevant brand. All the issue does is showcase the Black Panther and his upcoming battle with the Illuminati.
T’Challa goes to an alternate dimension and sees a sinister-looking group. The catch is that Wakandan Cat’s buddies had to tag along. Not suprisingly, they die off for the sole purpose to highlight Black Panther. The art of Epting, et al. does the job. Hickman covers the basic gist of this iteration of New Avengers, but somehow I couldn’t get excited over it.
Preview New Avengers (volume 3) #1 at GeeksUnleashed.