Graphic Novel Review: Avengers: Adapt or Die

16:49 24 July 2014

Avengers: Adapt or Die

Avengers: Adapt or Die

Archant

The Infinity event may be over, but for the Avengers things are never quiet...

(Panini Books)

Everything happens for a reason in Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers books. The writer is shaping a momentous, dimension-spanning epic which is nothing short of breathtaking.

The main thrust of Hickman’s Avengers series seems to be the incursions of Earths into other realities, leading to the destruction of one or both of these planets in order to spare the universes from which they came.

With the rate of incursions into our own dimension increasingly steadily, a covert team of Avengers known as the Illuminati (Tony Stark, Reed Richards, Hank McCoy, Dr Strange, the Black Panther and Namor the Sub-Mariner) have been striving to discover new and deadlier ways of saving our Earth from annihilation – no matter the cost.

Having realised that the ultimate sanction could be the decision to sacrifice an alternate Earth in order to safeguard our own, Captain America vowed to intervene, only to have his memory of the Illuminati’s very existence wiped clean by Strange, just one indication of the extreme measures they are prepared to take. Of course, we all know this is only ever going to be a temporary stop-gap, and that sooner or later Cap’s memories will come flooding back…

And just when you think you know where he’s heading with his overall arc, Hickman throws in further complications, whether it be a team of original Avengers from a darker reality than our own, a time-tossed “Iron Man” from the future, or even a runaway planet on a collision course with Earth, there is nothing random here, and it will all eventually come together as disparate elements of his bigger picture.

Of course the downside of this approach is that by reading individual issues, or even a trade collection of shorter storylines, only offers a small segment of the overall narrative, but it is testament to Hickman’s writing prowess that he manages to maintain a momentum throughout the individual beats of his symphony, and keeps his audience coming back for more.

Quite how successful his overall story actually is will only be realised when it ends, and the signs are that this will be sometime next year. In the meantime, it’s a case of enjoying the ride while you still can, because afterwards there’s little likelihood that the Avengers will ever be the same again.

More news stories

Yesterday, 13:32
Row2Recovery

A Wisbech man and former Irish guardsman who lost a limb in Afghanistan seven years ago, is celebrating after being part of the first all-amputee team to row the Atlantic.

Yesterday, 14:12
Damaged police Volvo

A man has today been jailed for 14 months after admitting dangerous driving and driving whilst unfit through drugs after a 37-mile police pursuit with a dumper truck through Norfolk and into Suffolk last year.

Yesterday, 13:31
Crews from Whittlesey and Stanground were called to a building fire in Station Road, Whittlesey.

Crews were praised for stopping a fire from spreading that could have turned into a “significant incident”.

Yesterday, 11:14
The Anchor Inn in Wimblington.

Fenland Council added a third to its growing collection of pubs it has saved after rejecting a brewery’s bid to turn the Anchor at Wimblington into a convenience store.

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Cambs Times e-edition E-edition