Covering Issues #1-6
While the idea of an all-powerful, influential, clandestine group of do-gooders protecting the Earth and “guiding” it in the right direction is certainly appealing, I don’t see how this really has anything to do with the Avengers. Everyone in the group has either been on an Avengers team at one point or served alongside them in battle, but that doesn’t automatically make them an official part of the Avengers. I feel as though they really should have named the series Illuminati since those are the main characters, and while I know he’s a central figure of the Illuminati, the presence of Reed Richards goes against his current life in the Fantastic Four titles (as well as Steve Rogers’s presence in everything that isn’t Captain America). At least they do a somewhat decent job of explaining Tony Stark’s “absence” through the use of his technology. I’m pretty disappointed that this is considered an Avengers title, though the premise of the series itself is excellent.
Going forward, I’d really like to see an addition of a female member to the group; while the Illuminati does consist of some very famous and iconic Marvel superheroes, it is very much dominated by men, and I can’t begin to think that there isn’t at least one female superhero who is as influential and powerful in the shared Marvel 616 universe. Even though there are female supporting characters in the title, it isn’t the same as having them on the team itself, but I also don’t want a woman to be added to the team just to fill a quota. I want it to be an earned position, which I know there are plenty of female heroes out there capable of doing. It really isn’t much to ask for or expect from a group of do-gooders.
I would also like to know just what happened to the old New Avengers team. Despite having a decent end to the series in 2012, there was no reason given to what happened to them, and it has left me wondering just what went on. If you’ve read the older series, you’ll remember that Luke Cage left the team to spend time with his family, but there were still plenty of other superheroes around that were still on the team. While some of them have been added to the roster in the Avengers title, not all have. So, come on, Marvel. Fill me in on the backstory that’s been bugging me for months: what happened to the “old” New Avengers?