NEW AVENGERS #25
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Mike Deodato, Will Conrad
Release Date: April 25, 2012
Wow. That is a LOT of fire. I’m going to wear my bias on my sleeve for this review of New Avengers #25: I am a huge Iron Fist fan and I like full page spreads filled with fire. There. It’s out in the open and if you’ve read this book you may already know how the outcome is leaning.
New Avengers #25 is an all Iron Fist book, or rather an all-Iron-Fist-history book. Danny Rand himself is vacant, but this book delves into a whole new angle of the Phoenix Force that has never been discussed. This new angle throws a huge curveball into AvX and Hope’s involvement and does what a tie-in should: make the main event more interesting. I have a feeling this story is purely bonus content, but nevertheless it is well written content. The one complaint with the book is probably an obvious one…from the perspective of a single issue, there is not a lot of dialogue in this story. This book weighs largely on it’s visuals to tell it’s tale, but that does not diminish it’s impact. I can understand some readers not being all that gung ho for a completely Iron Fist-centric tale, but as stated above in my bias, I dig it.
Now, to talk about the visuals. I’m going to start with a single word: wow. Mike Deodato and Will Conrad have created what is one of the most visually explosive single issues of 2012. The Phoenix is a wonder to behold in this issue and the full page splashes are absolutely jaw dropping. I have stared at the first pages of this issue for more time than I’d like to admit – I simply can’t look away. Deodato and Conrad have made the Phoenix more impressive and ominous than any other artists have during the entire AvX event and I think it is a damn shame that readers who do not stray from the core title will not see this art.
I heartily admit I am biased with this review and, that said, I enjoyed this book a lot. Even more than the blatant enjoyment of an Iron Fist tale I was floored by amazing art and enjoyed reading a new wrench being thrown into this Avengers Vs. X-Men event. It will be very interesting to see where Bendis takes this book next as it definitely feels like he is preparing to leave with a bang.