One of the best remnants of the death of the 1610 (Ultimate Universe) is the namesake of it’s greatest collection of heroes. After Battleworld and the subsequent un-godding of Doom, Reed Richards and Marvel’s First Family have been spinning the multiverse into re-existence and well… I guess I’ll just let Carol explain what has been going on.
There. Caught up? Understand? If not, it doesn’t matter a whole lot because we are starting a new story arc in issue #7 and it promises to keep Carol Danvers juggling more balls in the air than there are hairs on Puck’s chest.
Everybody’s favorite Phoenix Force hunting alien species, the Shi’Ar, have been “monitoring Earth” and have discovered that there seems to be another cosmic cube right under the nose of the pitiful human species. Of course they only want to give humanity a heads up… maybe lend a hand… or an invasion expeditionary force to help contain it. Ambassador Extraordinary Danvers agrees to investigate even though she has to figure out what to do with Anti-Man who she has locked up in the Triskelion despite Black Panther’s desire to extradite and execute him in Wakanda. So now she has to deal with Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. on top of everything else.
Al Ewing is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers who also happen to be deejay. His work on Loki: Agent of Asgard and Doctor Who is some of most innovative use of well-established characters in an industry that desires change. The diverse cast of characters and multiple subplots of this story are handled clearly and concisely. The pacing is quick enough to keep the readers eyes from glazing over, but contain enough information to keep the reader feeling some of the stress that Carol must be dealing with.
The art is equally appealing. Kenneth Rocafort is the perfect complement to Ewing’s writing: detailed but not overwrought. Stylish but not overwhelming. Clean lines and expressive faces against a backdrop of gorgeous sci-fi settings. I liked his work in Red Hood and the Outlaws; I love his work here.
The only thing that could be construed as a downside is that very little really happens in this issue other than setting up new story lines for the future. This book is the perfect jumping on point new readers to the series and may even get you to buy the previous books after reading it… just like I did.
Rating: 9/10 Cosmic Cube Shards
(you really don’t want all 10 do you?)