Released: September 28th 2016
Received: Marvel Unlimited
Issues: All-New, All-Different Avengers 7-12 and material from Civil War II: FCBD 2016
Family Business picks up a few different plots started in other series and pulls them into this world to continue/finish them. One of the plots picked up is Standoff/Pleasant Hill, Nova’s hunt for his father, and the introduction of the newest Wasp (Nadia). Plus a little side moment with Sam and Jane talking about her condition. As far as the Standoff plot is concerned, you can probably understand most of what is going on without having read the main part of it (I haven’t yet), though you may appreciate more of the details having read it. Same for the rest of the plots involved.
All-New, All-Different Avengers current line-up: Iron Man, the Vision, Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan), Spider-Man (Miles Morales), Nova (Sam Alexander), Mighty Thor (Jane Foster), Captain America (Sam Wilson), and the Wasp (Nadia Pym).
As mentioned above, there are several plots smashed together in order to make this one volume. Unfortunately that means there’s very little cohesion and things tend to bounce all over the place. I would have preferred one solid plot for the volume, but we don’t always get what we want.
I will say that despite the comic being sort of all over the place, I did still enjoy all the character interaction that happened throughout (something I’m always a fan of). The team seems to be learning to work together, more or less. There are still some things to figure out, but I think they’ll get there.
The volume starts off with Sam and Jane talking about her condition, and the fact that Sam now knows her secret. I have to admit, I actually really respect Sam for both what he said and his intended actions (ie: not telling anybody her secret, but also not planning on sitting by and watching her destroy herself). He’s certainly been put on the spot and had to make a decision, and for what it’s worth I think he found the perfect balance for how to handle things.
I didn’t really love the Standoff plot that gets thrown into this volume. It felt kind of crazy and all over the place – more so than the rest of the volume, which is saying something. I haven’t read the standalone plot yet for is though, so perhaps that has something to do with it (though I have gotten a lot of additional details from Captain America: Steve Rogers). It was funny seeing Deadpool being the guy to save the day, and it sort of fit the insanity that was going on.
Nadia’s introduction was pretty cute and funny, a lot like the character herself. She’s a bit out there and doesn’t really know how to go about integrating herself into society (for example, while I’m assuming she becomes part of the new Avengers team, that hasn’t actually been shown yet). It was nice seeing Jarvis take her under his wing though, even if he was doing it in part because he needed a change.
In his standalone 2015 comic Nova has decided he needs to take some time off from being a superhero and go look for his father. Somehow Tony managed to convince Nova to let him out, which results in the rest of the team heading out into space. The method for their transportation was pretty hilarious (Thor powered engine does sound pretty ridiculous when you stop and think about it). I really enjoyed all of the character interactions that occurred during this plot, as well as seeing the team finally start working as well, a team.
I know I didn’t end up loving this volume either, but I still maintain that the All-New, All-Different Avengers has a lot of potential. I’m planning on continuing to read it until I’ve either proven right or wrong.