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Avengers #17: Review

Aug 2013
Jonathan Hickman, Marco Checchetto

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To the light

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4 stars

Avengers #17 Review by (August 11, 2013)
Strangely misleading cover. The central figure is presumably supposed to be Ex Nihilo, but the horns are wrong and it's obviously female. The flanking figures are like the one that received the transmission in #15. The Previews blurb for this issue said that the Builders, the race that sent Ex Nihilo and others like him on their mission, would appear. So I assumed the flanking figures were Builders, and the yellow figure was a female counterpart of Ex Nihilo. Maybe that's what they were supposed to be. But no such people turn up here. Is Tony Stark really present? In #12-13 he was operating an Iron Man suit in the Savage Land remotely from deep space with the Guardians of the Galaxy. In New Avengers #10, which is set at the start of the Infinity invasion we haven't got to yet, he says he just got back from space. In this issue and #14 (he wasn't in #15-16) we only see the Iron Man suit. So maybe he's still running it on remote. But on the other hand he wears his space armour to visit the Dyson sphere. Manifold says CU mentioned a red planet and a yellow sun. The 1st is taken as an obvious reference to Mars. The 2nd I presume is taken as a hint to the partial Dyson sphere near the sun. I presume the 4 new additions will occupy the 4 vacant small slots in the Avengers roster diagram, leaving the 2 larger outlying slots still to be filled. This raises the interesting question of how Tony Stark and Steve Rogers knew to leave these empty slots in #1. Possibly this is expressed in one of the cryptic comments this issue, when Steve says "But our system predates her [CU's] involvement." Captain Universe said last issue the Avengers need the power to destroy worlds. They could do with the Godkiller from current Iron Man issues. I don't expect this to happen, but that could fill one of the still-empty oversized slots. The issue ends with a reprise of the predictions at the beginning of #1, and says that this issue is after the light (the White Event in #

I've tried to fit too much in 1 Comment box again. The last sentence should read:- The issue ends with a reprise of the predictions at the beginning of #1, and says that this issue is after the light (the White Event in #7), before the War (the upcoming Infinity event - the spaceships shown in #1 match the one over Galador last issue) and before the Fall.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers #17 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
The previously page again summarises last issue. Captain Universe got Manifold to take her to Galador and leave her there. She sent him back to tell the Avengers to expand. On the SHIELD Hub Bruce Banner couldn't help becoming the Hulk. On AIM Island Superia and the Scientist Supreme plan to retrieve the escaped alien being from Perth where it has defeated a load of Avengers.

Superia is 'translocated' to Perth where she talks to the confused alien. She explains that he was one of a bunch of different beings seeded on Earth from Mars (by Ex Nihilo in #1-2). They were all supposed to work together but not all survived (the 'self-awareness' element was destroyed in #9). Now the 'defense' element doesn't know what its purpose is. Superia calms him down, but only so that AIM can translocate him back to the Island.

There he is immediately pushed by a device called the Auger into a space between 2 dead universes. (AIM previously used the Auger to pull Hyperion from this same place, as related in #4.) They intend to park him there until they have a use for him.

Meanwhile AIM troopers in Perth start harvesting samples from the unconscious Avengers. But they are interrupted by the teleporting arrival of Manifold. Eden Fesi uses his ability aggressively to 'port Superia and her minions away to random locations.

Eden finds Captain America awakening. Cap contacts Dr Banner on the Hub to see if he knows what happened. But Banner is just waking up too, back from being Hulk in an empty Hub with a large hole in the side showing it to be sitting in the middle of a desert.

Later the whole Avengers team is assembled in Avengers Tower (except for Captain Universe still on Galador). Manifold tells them that he saw Galador about to be overwhelmed by alien invasion (although that isn't really what was depicted last issue). CU said the Avengers needed to get bigger to withstand the oncoming force.

The other Avengers leave the meeting, and Cap, Banner and Iron Man exchange cryptic comments and agree on a plan.

Manifold takes Captain America and Captain Marvel to Mars to recruit the aliens Abyss and Ex Nihilo. They agree when Manifold tells them it is Captain Universe's wish. (The aliens believe CU is the mother goddess of the universe worshipped by the Builders who sent them on their ages-long mission.)

Iron Man takes Bruce to the partial Dyson sphere he's having built (by the Shi'ar) to protect the Solar System. This is where Nightmask and Starbrand were imprisoned in #9. As we learned last issue they could easily have escaped, but they've been waiting. They too agree to become Avengers.

Marco Checchetto
Marco Rudy
Frank Martin
Leinil Francis Yu (Cover Penciler)
Leinil Francis Yu (Cover Inker)
Sunny Gho (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Cory Petit.
Editor: Lauren Sankovitch.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel

(Carol Danvers)

(Sam Wilson)

(Clint Barton)

(Bruce Banner)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

(Jessica Drew)


(James Howlett)

Plus: Abyss 3, Andrew Forson, Cannonball, Ex Nihilo, Hyperion, Manifold (Eden Fesi), Smasher (Izzy Kane), Spider-Man (Otto Octavius), Starbrand (Kevin Conner), Superia (Deidre Wentworth).

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