• To prevent the collision of our universe with another, the Illuminati, led by the Black Panther, must assemble NOW! It’s the most powerful and brilliant team in the Marvel Universe–The Black Panther, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, Mister Fantastic, Namor the Sub-Mariner and The Beast–against an infinite legion of parallel realities.

Story by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Steve Epting & Rick Magyar
Color by Frank D'Armata
Letters by Joe Caramagna
Cover by Jock

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iFanboy Community Pick of the Week Percentage: 0.9%
Avg Rating: 3.7
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  1. So I excited for this even more so than Hickman’s Avengers, which has been great!

  2. my store got this last week and i enjoyed it more than avengers. i like the illuminati, black panther is one of the coolest characters who should get more attention and epting is killing it on these pages!!! easy potw!

  3. The Illuminati is really the best thing for Hickman to write about. A secret group involving superheroes saving the world with no one noticing? Pure Hickman.

  4. I’m trying this just because of Epting. Saw him at SDCC last year and I got to see some of his original Captain America pages. Such detail.

  5. Can’t wait to read this bad boy! The Illuminati is one of my favorite “teams” and with Hickman writing… This is going to be one heck of a fun ride!

  6. Some doofus posted the final 2 pages of this on Tumblr and I stumbled upon it. Cannot be unseen…While I’m pissed it got spoiled, the rest of the issue should be A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

  7. I really enjoy the concept of the illuminati as a team, that being said for this series shipping once a month after this month as opposed to the others avengers series i may just stick with this one

  8. I can’t wait to see how T’Challa can even stand to be in the same room as Namor!

  9. Isn’t Mr Fantastic in future-space?

  10. Yes I can finally pick this up today. Of all the Marvel Now stuff, this is what I’ve been waiting for!

  11. I enjoy BP, so I’ll check out the first book. It does seem a little strange to have it under the New Avengers moniker, though.

  12. Well, I hate to say it, but any book with Black Panther as the lead has been doomed to failure. Maybe Hickman can turn a BP lead book around, but I’m trade waiting his Avengers books to find out as I’m not overly impressed with his Avengers start, especially Opena’s art (some spots of decent art, but mostly awkward).

    • I dont think hell be the lead once the story gets started.. Probably just getting the spot light since he is finally accepting and joining the Illuminati. Theres no way this wont be an ensemble cast..

  13. I miss Luke Cage. When they mentioned him in Avengers I was bummed he won’t be coming back. Anyone know how long Epting is slated to be on this?

  14. I thought this was a decent start up the story kind of issue. Is this really going to have Black Panther be the main focus though? Would be nice to have more of an ensemble with the whole Illuminati!

    • This threat is assaulting the whole of Earth, not just Wakanda. This comic’s focus on the Black Panther is merely a means to force T’Challa to gather and then join the Illuminati. I seriously doubt this will be a Black Panther focused comic, rather than an ensemble one.

  15. Hey Black Panther kicks ass.Don’t know what the problem is with him. Plus one book focused on a person of color that isn’t written in Brian Bendis jive talk does not equal cancelation(I love daredevil end of days but reading some of that dialouge from this weeks issue was brutal). This was awesome.

  16. This definitely had the prologue feel, but also the feel of VERY IMPORTANT SHIT about to go down. I’m all in. I find Cap’s inclusion odd, but I’m sure Hickman will make his presence make sense (beyond the “he’s got an infinity gem” aspect. Wait, why does he even have an infinity gem? That makes no sense either. Comics!).

    • Once a member, always a member. Look at Black Bolt, he was dead for the whole “Quest of the Hood” arc but, some how, he’s wiggled his way back into the group.

      I do find it funny thinking about Cap with an Infinity Gem. I mean everyone else in the Illuminati can hide their gems either through super science or mysticism. Steve lacks both of those. I mean, where did he hide it? Under his bed?

    • It’s probably in one of Nick Fury’s secret bases. He’s got a hundred of those things and Steve was top cop for awhile

    • @Scarlet-Batman: Come on, Cap’s a Depression baby and a soldier — he knows how to keep his valuables safe from ne’er-do-wells both foreign and domestic.

      Dude totally keistered it.

  17. I want a Jason Aaron written Black Panther series…

    Excited to read Hickman’s New Avengers.

  18. Just gotta remember, this is Hickman and this seems like one of those series thats all about the slow build instead of instant action.

  19. Also I have to add how happy I am that Hickman is still writing Reed Richards. LOVE IT.

  20. Pretty good read. Hints at the main plot but doesn’t spoil it. Enjoyable.

  21. I found this first issue to be excellent! A lot of information to digest, but in a good way.Can’t wait to see how this story evolves. Also, a big ‘high five’ to Steve Epting & Rick Magyar – the art was great!

  22. Did Captain America join the Illuminati?

    • He’s been apart of the Illuminati since 2011’s “Quest of the Hood” story arc in the Avengers comic. Essentially, Cap replaces Black Bolt, who was dead at the time.

    • Okay thanks, I wasn’t keeping up on Avengers stuff before now, because I’m not a Bendis fan, but now that Black Bolt is alive will BOTH be on the team?

  23. After reading this i can see why it’s double shipping the first month, very mutch a prelude. Good, a solid 4/5, but not in PotW territory for me.

  24. Pretty dissapointing so I’m not coming back 3/5. Maybe if the reviews are good on the next few issues i’ll come back.

  25. Hoping for Hickman greatness.

  26. I read it twice and still don’t have a clue WTF is going on. I liked the Wakandan version of “the Great Race” though, and the fact that of all the shit going down in the Marvel U, Hickman keeps track of what is up with Wakanda, and keeps it consistent. BP is king of the City fo the Dead, not the nation of Wakanda, the Vibranium is gone, and yet Wakanda is still probably the richest country in the Marvel U.

    I’m still bummed Editorial broke up the marriage of BP and Storm though. Super Heros have a higher divorce rate than even Movie Stars.

  27. I didnt dig this issue very much but I will pull #2 and see where this goes.

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