|FF 11, Young Avengers 9|
|Unwritten 52, New Avengers 9, Wolverine and the X-Men 35|
Then there is the Event, oh, the Event, the accursed, money-grabbing corporate Event. Right now in the Marvel Universe, its Jonathan Hickman's Infinity, but in Hickman I trust and he doesn't let me down in New Avengers 9. A superb, riveting superhero comic playing an integral part in his cosmic epic, it manages to also provide the next chapter in his long-running Illuminati-heavy arc while pumping out a ton of action from Wakanda to Westchester, really spectacularly illustrated by Mike Deodato within Hickan's impeccable production design. And I don't usually like his art, but Deodato and colorist Frank Martin are a lot more detailed, a lot more accessible and a lot less muddy here. I've long preferred the New amongst Hikman's two Avengers titles, and this continues to hold up. I wish I could say the same about other books in the crossover, or, more properly the dreaded "Tie-In": Avengers Assemble and Captain Marvel just cover the same tracks as Hickman's Avengers 18. But some amount of filler is to be expected in Events, and to be avoided. Stick to Hickman throughout Infinity and you won't be disappointed.
The third type of crossover will be happening soon in all the key Marvel X-books (which tend to be the books that usually do this kind of crossover). Starting next month is Children of the Atom, where its revealed that Astro Boy has fathered every mutant in the Marvel Universe. Or not, I don't know what its about. I just know that it will be disrupting Wolverine and the X-Men, which concluded one hell of a story in issue 35 today. Jason Aaron and Nick Bradshaw are firing on all cylinders together, and Aaron's lighter, poppier, high-fun superhero style is always a delight to read from the increasingly chameleonic creator. I know Aaron will handle this crossover with the same skill he has others, I'd just rather see him continue to do his own thing.
Happy Wednesday, everyone!