Released: February 8th 2017
Received: Marvel Unlimited
Issues: All-New All-Different Avengers Annual #1, All-New All-Different Avengers 13-15
I read All-New All-Different Avengers Vol. 3 in single issues through Marvel Unlimited.
All-New All-Different Avengers vol. 3 is the third and last volume in the series. I’m not sure if it would have ended here given the choice, but with Marvel’s major reboot happening it was an evitable casualty. Plus a lot of the characters in this specific grouping have either changed their status, joined other team-ups, or had something else happen to them. So really it was bound to happen.
As a reminder, the All-New All-Different Avengers team includes the Mighty Thor (aka Jane Foster), Falcon/Captain America, Iron Man (Tony Stark), Ms Marvel (Kamala Khan), Spider-Man (Miles Morales), Nova (Samuel Alexander)), Vision, and Hulk (Armadeus Cho), and Unstoppable Wasp (Nadia Pym). Granted, some of those members show up more frequently than others. I don’t think we’ve seen Tony in a while, so I always didn’t count him as a member (though I’m pretty sure he’s bankrolling it).
This volume was a little all over the place, to be honest. I sort of expected it once I saw the title of the volume; Civil War II. That right away told me that this would be a tie in volume, fitting itself in with the major events happening in Marvel. Which sadly means that the main plot for the series took a backseat for those points.
There are four issues in this volume, and honestly each one of their had their own plot. It was a little disappointing to be honest, as I like larger plots. Some of them are obvious in how they tied in with Civil War II, while others clearly didn’t.
The Annual issue was…weird. It focuses almost entirely on Ms Marvel, which is fine by me. As we all know she’s a major fanfiction writer, and had a tendency to write fanfiction for real life superheroes before she became one (she might still, truth be told). So it was odd when she took offense to other people writing about Ms Marvel. However, once reading some of the samples…I can see why she’s offended. It’s clear that we were meant to get riled by the stories, and that whoever wrote them didn’t really seem to respect the real people behind the masks. The revelation at the end was…odd and confusing. I’m still not sure what to think of it, or what I was supposed to take away from it.
Issue number thirteen focuses on Vision. And his plot made more sense, though one has to question how much it tied in with Civil War II. It does mention Ulysses and his abilities, but more as a jumping off point than as the focus. Vision doesn’t get involved in the war at all, instead seeming entirely focused on another project altogether. Granted, I think we can all understand what he’s trying to do, even if it’s obvious that his intervention is actually only making the problem worse.
Fourteen focused on Nadia. This one was also included in her volume (I believe – I’ve read it somewhere before so it had to be with her stuff) which is a bit odd. Nadia doesn’t take well to the whole Civil War thing. Despite the fact that she was raised by some pretty horrible people, she still has very high standards for people, especially the ones she considers to be heroes. So naturally she’s incredibly disappointed by what’s happening out in the world right now.
And the last issue is focused on Mighty Thor and her reaction to Civil War II. This one was probably the most interesting of the group. In order to understand better what is at stake, Mighty Thor goes to the one person who has the sight and insight to guide her. His words help her make a solid decision on how to feel about the war, and there may or may not be a few jokes cracked at Odin’s expense. It’s pretty funny, on the whole.
I’m sad that this is the conclusion of the All-New All-Different Avengers. Not so much because I’m sad to see it go, but because I feel like the series went out with a whisper instead of a bang. Like it just sort of drifted away…