Master Yu Ti of K’un Lun has chosen a new Iron Fist in the form of a peasant girl, Fongji. But this girl may be an ancient host of a power much more dangerous than that of what’s to be bestowed to her. Click “More” for our review of New Avengers #26!
New Avengers #26
An agent from K’un Lun has been dispatched to help Master Yu Ti find one of the greatest minds to assist in the defense against the Phoenix Force. The agent finds Leonardo DaVinci and brings him to the immortal city. After studying Fongji, he uses the other students in the city to build a massive telescope to be on the look out for the Phoenix. Finally, Fongji is ready to face the dragon Shao Lao and receive the power of the Iron Fist, but the Phoenix Force is ever approaching to give Fongji even more power.
While the cover is a bit misleading in a picture of our modern day Iron Fist whisking Hope away to, presumably, go to K’un Lun, this issue, much like the last, is entertaining in how cool it is. Brian Michael Bendis, love him or hate him, is particularly good at working with a smaller cast like this book and still shows he has great ideas. Have the Avengers played a role at all in these last two issues? No, but when you present an idea that connects two powerful forces in the Marvel Universe together like this, you can use these issues to put a historical spin on the Avengers Vs. X-Men story while still standing fairly well on its own as an arc. Yu Ti and Fongji, as characters, are nicely portrayed. Fongji, in particular, is a very interesting character to watch even if she hardly speaks in this issue. When it comes to her, actions (or perhaps visuals in this case) do speak louder than words.
Then, to also include DaVinci is a great idea too. DaVinci, who played a role in the Jonathan Hickman S.H.I.E.L.D. book turns out to be a relatively important character in the history of the Marvel Universe. I’ve enjoyed this retconning of history quite a bit. It’s not destroying any notions of anything we’ve already known. It’s not forever changing things we can pick up in a comic of long ago and prove as being out of place or trampling over things that have long been canon. If anything, it’s helping to enhance history while fitting in nicely with the overall event.
For this issue, Mike Deodato is going it alone, and boy are these pages beautiful. Say what you will about how often splash pages and two-page layouts are used in today’s comics, but when you look at what Deodato can do with that kind of space, it’s worlds apart from other artists. The entire idea may still be a product of decompressing storylines to sell trade paperbacks, Deodato shines in these situations. He can still use the extra space to include details layered upon details. It’s an issue like this that can show off exactly why he’s not only one of Marvel’s greatest artists, but one of the very best in the industry today.
With two issue tying into the main AvX event that doesn’t use the titular characters come and gone, this story still does a great job of enhancing both that main story and some of the more “ancient” Marvel Universe history.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|This has been a surprisingly great story thus far. It’s got some deeper connections to AvX and the history of Marvel Universe and showcases Dedato’s gorgeous artistic talents.||Would still like to see the Avengers, but this arc is working without them nicely.|
More Avengers @ acomicbookblog.com/tag/avengers