A turncoat in the Avengers has another change of heart, but also finds he has no place to hide!
Noh-Varr’s betrayal of the Avengers is complete. What’s worse, is that the team’s shuttle is in a degrading orbit around a star. Back on Hala, Noh-Varr delivers the device the Avengers used to capture a piece of the Phoenix to the Supreme Intelligence. The Kree leader explains his plans for the device – to capture the Phoenix to use as their ultimate weapon to bring the galaxy to peace under their rule. When Noh-Varr questions the Supreme Intelligence’s plans for Earth, he rebels. Unfortunately, he has no place to go as he’s trapped between the Kree Empire and the recently saved Avengers who revoke his Earth privileges and strands him on Hala.
I hate to continue drawing comparisons between this story and Rick Remender’s Secret Avengers arc dealing with the same characters, but it’s too obvious to continue to stop railing on. I will say that Brian Michael Bendis’ arc delivers on action. On its own, I enjoy the story. There’s some good Thor action as he saves the team from the star they are about to burn up in, and Noh-Varr’s eventual betrayal of the Kree makes some sense. He thinks he’s doing something for the protection of the Empire, but he finds himself to be a pawn in their plans and their decision to allow Earth to be destroyed is decent. At the very least, it’s base simple while Remender’s story is still getting to the heart of the Kree’s odd behavior that’s also affecting Ms. Marvel. Plus, this book is benefiting from Walt Simonson’s expert art. He knows how to handle this more action-packed story and delivers on some great pages.
However, this story suffers from Remender’s beating it to the punch of having these same characters doing different things in the same location. These two stories couldn’t be any different. If this story had come first, then you could write off Remender’s story as being the new guy to the franchise and therefore maybe not as well versed in what’s going to happen in the larger event. You might still be able to say that, but these books are so different, I’m not sure which one to hold in the canon of Avengers Vs. X-Men. Considering how well I’ve enjoyed the big event as a whole, this whole thing is rather frustrating and makes me wonder how the editors would allow these two stories to exist.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Great Simonson art! Solid enough story that is faster paced and exciting on its own.||Really hard to get beyond the fact that Secret Avengers is telling another story using the same people in the same location.|
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