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All New All-Different Avengers #6
Marvel Comics
Release Date: 02/24/2016

It took 6 issues, but Mark Waid and company finally put out a really good issue of All New All-Different Avengers. The first few issues were nothing more than average at best. I personally have been disappointed up to this point because the art was below average to start the series, and the story has seemed to limp along with only minor subplots to keep me wondering enough to come back. But all that changes in this issue, and hopefully it's just the beginning.

This issue opens right in the middle of a battle with one of the many forms of Kang the Conqueror and the story takes off from there. From ousted Avengers Ms. Marvel and Nova deciding they need to return and help their former teammates; to Captain America: Sam Wilson and Thor finding their way back from the future, to the Avengers battling Kang to the finish; the action never lets up. It is well-paced and engaging.

The roster of the team so far seems a bit disjointed: We have Thor and Captain America, Sam Wilson, who have shared a kiss, Ms. Marvel and Nova who seem like trainees and outsiders at the same time. Iron Man is very understated and less of the arrogant, overconfident personality we see in his solo book. Vision is very solitary and thus far has been a pawn of Kang. And then there is Miles Morales, Spider-Man from the Ultimate universe who brings humor and resourcefulness to the team. That is not to say that I don't like this team, I'm slowly being drawn in by them and I'm waiting to see where Waid takes them.

The art in this issue is much cleaner than the first few issues, which is how I prefer it. Asrar particularly shines on his sequences with Ms. Marvel and Nova, and then with Captain America, Sam Wilson, and Thor. I have to wonder: Is Jane Foster the only Thor to lift 2 Mjolnirs at the same time?

All New All-Different Avengers #6 is fast-paced action packed issue, and is more than worth the price of admission. Though this is a climactic issue, it has many subplots going that left me wanting to know more about what will happen next. That is the sign of a well-crafted story.

Scale of Awesomeness: 7 out of 10