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The New Avengers, Volume 2 (The New Avengers Volume II #2)

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Of all the mysteries of the Marvel Universe, none are more shocking than the one that will be revealed here. Before S.H.I.E.L.D., before the birth of the super hero, what deep, dark secret has Nick Fury held for all these decades - and how has it come back to terrorize everyone? All will be revealed as writer Brian Michael Bendis teams up with artist Mike Deodato for the f ...more
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published August 31st 2011 by Marvel
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Best of the Avengers
75th out of 176 books — 24 voters
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Aaron
Apr 26, 2015 Aaron rated it really liked it
Now THIS is what I'm talking about, Bendis. Without any massive crossovers (yet) getting in the way of subtle storytelling, Bendis is free to write the stories it feels like he really wants to be writing. I really love how much Bendis seems to enjoy writing the Luke Cage/Jessica Jones relationship. He takes any opportunity to build that relationship, and there's a great deal of that in here. It's my absolute favorite stuff in Alias, Pulse, and New Avengers, and I'm glad it hasn't been lost in th ...more
Mike
Oct 21, 2012 Mike rated it it was amazing
Out-loud belly laughs in the first two issues. No one does team banter - and something that sounds like my friends, not an episode of Friends - than Bendis. Thanks for continuing to deliver. Especially on Cage and Spidey - two of my all-time faves, never better than in B's hands.

The rest if the book is one long mystery story - and not to give away any of the surprises, but if you like good storytelling you're going to love what Bendis crafts here. I know I did - a couple of times my stomach drop
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Brian Poole
Aug 13, 2015 Brian Poole rated it really liked it
The New Avengers convinced Doctor Strange to stick around, dealt with repairs to the Mansion and found a nanny for Luke and Jessica’s baby in Squirrel Girl. They also dealt with a lingering lack of trust for Victoria Hand. Luke and Jessica’s rare night out fell victim to a fight between Ms. Marvel and one of Doctor Doom’s robots. Jessica struggled with her path, but ultimately embraced her role on the team.

In a complex dual narrative, in 1959 Nick Fury gathered a team of adventurers to go on a s
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Jowel Uddin
Jun 12, 2012 Jowel Uddin rated it really liked it
The New Avengers
Volume 2
“The New Avengers” volume two starts off with issue number seven of “The New Avengers” series. Captain America or now Commander Steve Rogers, gives Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Ms. Marvel, Mockingbird, Wolverine, Spiderman, Iron Fist, and the Thing the permission to start their own Avengers and protect the world when they see fit. He also offers them a liaison, Victoria Hand, an old assistant of Norman Osborn. The New Avengers try to do their best, as they are not the ori
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Mike (the Paladin)
Here again as in New Avengers (1) we have a mixed bag. I didn't really get into the story line in the first collection but found the art, the writing and the book itself in many ways superior to this one. Don't get me wrong, this one does have it's strengths.

First the humor here is a bit more front and center and works very well. As this one opens it actually drew me in a bit more than the first collection. The problem is I found it losing me as it went on. The story isn't bad but neither is it
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Eddie
Mar 01, 2014 Eddie rated it liked it
Shelves: comic, 2014
Found comic sale I continue the quest of catching up with the Avengers series, sadly out of order. Glad Benis kept his love for Nick Fury alive. This almost a 4. Not a fan of History rewrites.
Sonic
Nov 27, 2011 Sonic rated it really liked it
Hurm.

Liked this, but not as much as I would have expected.

The writing did not really click for me until the last two (issues) chapters.

I found the switch between Deodato's and Chakyn's visual styles to be pretty jarring. And not in a good way.

This is strange as I like each artist, but as for "complementing" each other it was like the a music show,

round robin format with a heavy metal band and a new wave band.

They both do cool things but they each make the other seem absurd,

in different ways.
J'aime
Apr 28, 2014 J'aime rated it really liked it
I like Luke Cage's "New Avengers" team. This group of misfits amazingly works well together and the team banter is entertaining. Here, Dr. Strange officially joins the team, which I was glad to see. I also love that this group is more willing to say it like it is. When Victoria Hand gives everyone their first paycheck as Avengers, Luke tries to refuse them out of misplaced pride. Until Jessica sets him straight - in front of everyone. These two are probably the best part of this series since the ...more
Shannon Appelcline
Sep 29, 2012 Shannon Appelcline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, comics-marvel
A real turn around from the previous volume. This is Bendis Avengers at its best. It's fun and full of great character moments. The action is exciting and here not too badly decompressed. There's even some nice intrigue, with us not really knowing what's going on with Hand.
Holden Attradies
An amazing improvement over the first volume, this is the quality Avengers writing I expect when seeing Bendis' name on the cover. The story is good, the flow even, the humor in all the right places along with moments that made me belly laugh out loud.

There is the setting up of this new team, the personal stories of select characters as well as developing team dynamics. We get a brewing is she or isn't evil storyline going on through the back.

Really the only thing keeping it from being a five st
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Katie
Sep 13, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it
I liked this volume and there was a couple of things that I really liked. First, I loved the character Victoria Hand and the interaction between her and everyone else in this volume. Then I loved the interaction and relationship between Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. I wasn't a big fan of the flashback to 1959 with Nick Fury and it does well adding a detail to the present day plot. But it just added too many characters that were unknown and used them as throw away characters. I was less of a fan o ...more
Silas
Apr 22, 2015 Silas rated it it was amazing
There are a lot of layers to this one, and some big changes for the team, which is just starting to gel. There were some great character moments, some double dealing, tragedy, and interesting developments that deal with events in a flashback (that also references diverse parts of Marvel continuity). There are big changes and old characters brought back. This was a really strong trade, and in keeping with the New Avengers series (which I have enjoyed thoroughly). I particularly enjoyed the Defend ...more
Jordan Lahn
I think Bendis's best writing comes from the quiet scenes where characters are just sitting around talking. The first couple of issues in this collection are some of my favorites ever. Had me laughing out loud at the witty banter. Once again he produces an action packed story line that keeps the pages turning, but what you really take away are the feelings you have for the characters.
The Nick Fury 1959 era Avengers storyline was interesting, but because I wasn't really familiar with the majority
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***Dave Hill
Oct 07, 2012 ***Dave Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: illustrated
March 2012: The "New" team continues their rocky first official adventures, with one member nearly killed and their liaison suspected of betrayal. Intermingled with the tale is the introduction of the "Avengers 1959" team -- who work here better than they did in their own mini-series.

Bendis' dialog and long-game setup of future stories is at peak form here, and he's supported ably by a variety of strong artists.

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October 2012: Huh ... forgot I'd read this.

Collecting issues #7-13, and the secon
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Gavin
Aug 18, 2013 Gavin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Continuing on from the end of Vol 1, after the fight with supernatural powers, Doctor Strange is recovering with the Avengers, and Luke Cage offers him a spot on the team.
This story involves uncovering an attempt to rebuild HAMMER, interspersed with Nick Fury starting up the first Avengers Initiative, in 1959. The first team, sent to fight the Red Skull in Sweden: Sabretooth, Namora, Kraven the Hunter, Ulysses Bloodstone, Silver Sable, and Dominic Fortune.
The results of that story will tie in wi
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Mairi
May 27, 2015 Mairi rated it liked it
I liked the present-day story about the New Avengers and HAMMER. The New Avengers feel like they have a few too many people, so some characters get rather less page-time, and there's plenty of interactions that get little exploration.

The Nick Fury story from 1959 was underwhelming, and not necessary to the plot. The characters (who were mostly new to me) were uncompelling, and drawn in too similar of a style. And the action was largely predictable.
Rusty
Jul 29, 2014 Rusty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
My streak of superhero stories is threatening to overwhelm me. This one, vol 2 of the new avengers graphic novels is next on my docket. I think this one was way better than vol 1. Like the first one, it's got a sense of humor that I like, an awareness of how some of the tropes of comics are a bit nonsensical, but at the same time, it's telling a relatively serious story.

The B story that runs through this graphic novel is set in 1959 and Nick Fury has assembled a team that calls themselves the A
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Reni
Dec 08, 2014 Reni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic
I just really, really dislike Hydra, the Red Skull and Marvel Nazis in general. I simply cannot take them serious at all. So, yeah, while I enjoyed the storyline taking place in the present, the plot involving Nick Fury's past simply bored me to tears. Also, some of the German in this volume must have been provided courtesy of Google translate.
Jeff
Mar 09, 2013 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this better than I did. The Avengers roster for this team is a good mix and could present some interesting character dynamics, but Bendis doesn't quite seem to capture the right tone for the characters - close, but just off enough to be jarring. I was a little creeped out by the Squirrel Girl / Wolverine scene - it implies something more than a casual relationship between the two, and yet to my eyes Doreen isn't any older than any of the girls that Logan has served a father figu ...more
Rosa
Jan 21, 2012 Rosa rated it liked it
This story goes between the past (Fury setting up the original Avengers in 1959) and the present day where Luke Cage is trying to get a new team of Avengers settled in. Unfortunately H.A.M.M.E.R. is rebuilding and that is pushing the team back apart in some ways.

I liked seeing how the past and the current story line were tied together and it's interesting to see the current team filling itself out and the people and things needed to get Avenger Mansion running again. I actually really liked the
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Molly
Mar 16, 2015 Molly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was fun and page turning but I felt like some tweaking of the dialogue would've added to it.
Dan
Dec 11, 2014 Dan rated it it was ok
Don't understand why this rated so high. Crap story,and bad art.
Sesana
Aug 23, 2012 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
Following up immediately from the previous volume, this one jumps straight into a new and entirely different storyline. It seems to be heavily tied into the Dark Reign arc, which I haven't read. That would probably help. Same basic tone as the volume before, which is good. There's also a secondary storyline, set in 1959 as Nick Fury assembles what I suppose must have been the first version of the Avengers to go Nazi hunting. It's a great story, but the art (which is completely different from the ...more
Shaun
Nov 15, 2012 Shaun rated it liked it


An interesting conclusion to the first arc. The introduction of Hammer was a bit of a surprise I thought they were all wiped out, but it makes since to bring back that sort of opposition to Commander Roger's forces. I like that the second arc brings in the question if one does not have powers like Mockingbird why are they on a team like the Avengers? I found the secondary Nick Fury arc interesting, but the art was a little distracting and I highly doubt that Sabertooth would have behaved as lon
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Neil
Nov 19, 2011 Neil rated it really liked it
This would have been a five-star Bendis' intrigue-Avengers story, but for the '50s era flashbacks drawn by Howard Chaykin. I was a fan of Chaykin's in the 80's but really can't stand where his art has gone over the years. While I like the retro-active historical Marvel backstory, it was a lot of sturm und drang, and not a lot of real plot. The interesting stuff happened with the modern New Avengers and the fate of Mockingbird. Looking forward to the next volume.
Laurel
May 02, 2015 Laurel rated it liked it
Shelves: marvel-comics
I found this volume uneven. I didn't like the 'find a nanny' sequence, got tired of Luke and Jessica talking in circles in their spotlight issue, have never been a fan of Howard Chaykin's art, and felt the 1959 flashback sequences were really forced. I loved the present day banter, heavy emotion after Mockingbird's injury, and the doubt surrounding the loyalties of Victoria Hand. Outstanding Mike Deodato art also helped.
Jen
Jul 04, 2016 Jen rated it really liked it
I'm very interested in seeing what's up with mockingjay. Wish there was more from Captain America in this run.
Jacob
Dec 09, 2012 Jacob rated it really liked it
Well, the only criticism I have would be Howard Chaykin's work doesn't look as polished as it normally would. Plus, there are signs of scribbling lines and I-don't-give-a-damn zigzags on the foreheads of faces and other weird poses. Otherwise, this chatty story arc carries onto another in typical Marvel fashion so forget about a satisfying 3 act story structure reading experience.
Carlyn
Mar 13, 2016 Carlyn rated it liked it
*3.5
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A comic book writer and erstwhile artist. He has won critical acclaim (including five Eisner Awards) and is one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For over eight years Bendis’s books have consistently sat in the top five best sellers on the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.

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