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• Prelude to INFINITY: Part Three.

• The battle between the Avengers and Mad Earth heats up.

• Whatever happened to Ex Nihilo and Abyss, and for that matter, Starbrand and Nightmask as well?

Story by Jonathan Hickman & Nick Spencer
Art by Stefano Caselli
Cover by Leinil Yu & Daniel Acuna

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  1. I’m getting this until Infinity starts.

    After that, I’ll just read the library’s trades.

  2. BOOYAHHHH!!!! Another issue of Avengers & it’s starting to get good with the whole build up to INFINITY!

  3. I’m wondering how any of this is going to connect to Infinity.

    Ex Nihlio is somehow connected to Thanos? Maybe.

    • Yeah, I’m also skeptical about how any of this might realistically or meaningfully tie-in with Thanos. Not that I’m complaining.

  4. I might give up and collect the trades along with All-New X-Men. As much as I love em I feel that Marvel is making sure they are slow titles to justify bimonthly schedule. Still thinking with New Avengers since that’s where the real threat is at. Not sure what to do with Uncanny X-Men.

    • I get what you’re saying (I switched to trades on Ultimate Spider-man a while back because each issue wasn’t a big enough chunk for me), but I’d argue that you have it reversed — the bi-weekly schedule (fyi – bi-monthly means every 2 months) allows writers like Hickman and Bendis to lean into their strengths as storytellers without dragging out the story over the course of years. Two issues a month lets Hickman have the room to lay the foundations for big things to come (like he did in Fantastic Four). And Bendis can spend time letting the characters interact and express themselves.

      Now, I totally get that there are financial considerations to there being more books in a year. And I get that some people just want a monthly fix of action-packed superhero adventure. That’s totally cool, and I’m glad the industry is in a position where those books can exist. But I’m loving the fact that I’m getting an Avengers book with this awesome sense gravitas, and an X-Men book that feels like I’m listening in on some old friends.

    • @Ken: “(fyi – bi-monthly means every 2 months) ”

      Not in the comic book world.

    • @Conor: Really? I feel like I remember hearing about Marvel books going “bi-weekly” during the summer months back in the early 90s, meaning they shipped every two weeks.

      In any case, here’s what says for “bimonthly”:

      1. Happening every two months.
      2. Happening twice a month; semimonthly.

      And then a note that says “often avoided because of confusion.”

      Clearly. 🙂

      Sorry for the semantic diversion, and for unnecessarily correcting Gabe.

    • @KenOchalek: That’s my touchstone as well for “bi-weekly”: the early 90’s summer schedule. I don’t think I’ve ever encountered “bi-monthly” to mean twice-a-month comic shipping, as Conor is suggesting, but he’s got a lot more exposure to this stuff than me, so I’ll trust him on that point. In any case, as you suggest, it’s just semantics; but still interesting to those of us who struggle with our inner pedant.

    • Amazing Spider-Man used to ship bi-weekly during the summer months and let me tell you, for a kid just discovering his local comic shop, who also adores Spider-Man and anything Mark Bagley drew, those were the best summers.

  5. That entry SHOULD read: “BEST avoided because of confusion”.

    People often confuse “bi”-anything with “semi”-anything, because no one can remember that it means twice as long, not twice as often. Except when it does.

  6. “Whatever happened to Ex Nihilo and Abyss, and for that matter, Starbrand and Nightmask as well?”

    Wish I cared, but I don’t.

  7. Pretty sure this issue has an appearance by ROM: SPACEKNIGHT and that makes it awesome.

  8. Yeah…I think I’m done with this series.

  9. These prelude issues have been a whole lot of wheel spinning.

  10. I really enjoyed this!

    Best art from Caselli since he took over. Especially with the Avengers getting their ass handed to them. But I like how Hickman and Spencer juggled the three major plots in this. Avengers fighting, Bruce hulking out, and Starbrand learning his powers were all fun/fascinating to read. Really looking forward to see how all of this is going to work out in the long run. Captain Universe pretty much stated how New Avenger is gonna be tied into all of this.


  11. While the Avengers part/fight was a touch ho-hum for me, the parts with Nightmask and Starbrand were pretty cool. I dug him discovering his power/knowledge.

  12. I for one am enjoying the shit out of this series!

  13. Another good solid issue revealing just a little more of this big old story, I am truly enjoying this!

  14. Man, it’s weird that the new spidey costume appeared here first but i gotta say, i love the way Stefano draws it, especially the bottom of his shoes. reminds me of the boots the flash used to wear

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