NEW AVENGERS #29
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Mike Deodato
Release Date: August 8, 2012
Illuminati fans, this comic is for you. People who are critical of the ‘talking heads’ comics, this comic is not for you. This issue is a decent tie-in to Avengers Vs. X-Men, but it was plagued by something so many tie-ins have been so far: publishing schedules. If this issue was meant to occur after the “Namor incident” then it makes no sense. If this issue was meant to occur prior to the “Namor incident” then it is simply 3 weeks too late to matter. No matter how you slice it, this comic’s impact was lost on me as a reader. Bendis’ dialogue is fine, though this comic could have seriously used some action somewhere rather than pure recap of what each Illuminati member is feeling in this conflict. I have a feeling that this comic may read much stronger in trade format, if flanked by issues with some action, but as a standalone issue published at a bizarre time storyline wise, it missed the mark for me.
Sadly, lost in this timing mess and lack of action is some really great art by Mike Deodato. Deodato is one of the best Marvel has working for them, hands down, and the pages where he focuses on Xavier are brilliant. He pencils haggard characters so well and his Cap is stoic, yet broken all at once. I wish for his sake he could have broken up the dialogue panels with some great action sequences, but given the storyline of this issue, he made the issue as visually impressive as it could be.