Page 45 Review by Stephen
Marvels 2011 blockbuster event starring the Avengers, with a significant knock-on effect for their members own titles and UNCANNY X-MEN too.
People are mad right now, and broke and theyve been lied to and ripped off. And when people whore already mad get scared then all hell kinda breaks loose.
After enduring a United States under Norman Osborn (or George W. Bush read it how you will), and with the economy in freefall catalysing mass unemployment and the repossession of homes, the American people are fractious. Theyre raw and hurting. When Steve Rogers and Sharon Carter are caught in the middle of a riot they cannot control, theyre alarmed to discover theres no foul play involved: no unusual energy signatures, no enchantments, nothing toxic in the air or water. Its just how the temperature is.
So what will happen when the Serpent arises? When Sin, the Red Skulls daughter, lifts the hidden Asgardian hammer her father could not, is transformed into something else and frees the ancient Skadi, God of Fear and the real All-Father, from the mystic bonds of Odin? What will happen when The Worthy summoned by Skadi and transfigured by mystical hammers into something even worse touch down in the Pacific Ocean, Brazil, China, Manhattan and the small town of Broxton where ancient Asgard lies in rubble?
Thats where the Avengers both overt teams are gathered here today, to launch a new Stark initiative to further the bond between Gods and man and put 5,000 Americans back to work by designing and then building a new Asgard here on Earth. But Odin isnt happy. Disdainful of the creatures he is more used to being worshipped by, he is adamant that Asgard should be rebuilt by enchantment far from this blue and green marble. And when he senses that Skadi is loose upon the world, he orders it so, even if that means dragging Thor behind them in chains.
With robust and shiny art like John Buscema inked by Jimmy Cheung this is something rather different from recent superhero events. SIEGE, SECRET INVASION, BLACKEST NIGHT and even CIVIL WAR to a certain extent had all been brewing for a while. But this is about to hit our heroes out of the blue and they dont even know it yet. All they know is that the Gods have left them to fend for themselves and, if that wasnt enough, Odin is prepared to destroy the whole of planet Earth just to cauterise the threat and hide his terrible secret.
As the catastrophic destruction spreads, so their fear rises and Sin/Skadi grows stronger. And that fuels further panic.
Includes the fall of Avengers Tower, major fatalities and the prelude by Ed Brubaker & Scot Eaton.