All-New All-Different Avengers #7 Review: Standoff Part 4


As the Avengers Standoff event starts to kick into high gear, the All-New All-Different Avengers join the fun and smash some heads.

All-New All-Different Avengers #7
Written by Mark Waid
Art by Adam Kubert
Colored by Sonia Oback, Dono Sanchez, Romulo Fajardo and Edgar Delgado
Published by Marvel Comics

Last time in All New All-Different Avengers: After dealing with Kang the Conquerer, you would think the Avengers would have earned a break. But instead, they have to deal with the mysterious events taking place in a town called Pleasant Hill…

With the first arc of All New All-Different Avengers all wrapped up last issue, I had high hopes as the book headed into the Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill event. While the first six issues were good and a lot of fun, they didn’t really feel like something worthy of being the initial arc of Marvel’s new flagship Avengers title. It was mostly a by the numbers Kang story with a clever twist that saved it from being pretty forgettable.

So I was really looking forward to seeing the All New All-Different Avengers mix it up with the other new Avengers teams in Standoff, specifically the Uncanny squad. Adding the Human Torch, Cable and of course Deadpool should make for a great read that will improve upon a lackluster first six issues.

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Instead what we got was a very average story that didn’t really do anything to advance the plot except bring the All New All-Different Avengers into the event and watch as the two teams fight.


My problem with the issue had nothing to do with the art, which was outstanding. While I’m not the biggest Adam Kubert fan in the world, his art here was the only thing that saved All New All-Different Avengers #7 from being a total wash. The very brief fight between the two teams of Avengers was a blast to see, so much so I actually wished it could have gone on longer. Kubert also draws a great Iron Man and a just amazing Sam Wilson Cap.

My main issue is with the script, which is incredibly mediocre and at times downright boring. The moments between Ms. Marvel and the Vision as well as the exchange between Jane Foster and Sam Wilson were nice, but they were the only interesting things about the issue. The rest was a standard, not terribly creative way to bring the All New All-Different Avengers into the Standoff event.

Even the fight between the two teams of Avengers, though visually great, was too short and full of some of the worst dialogue I have read in forever.

From a writer of Mark Waid’s pedigree and talent, I expected so much better. But he seems to be either just phoning it in on All-New All-Different Avengers or maybe he has lost the passion he had for superhero books and is just looking for a quick paycheck, I just don’t know.

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The Bottom Line: While All New All-Different Avengers #7 is a great looking comic, it is also a very boring comic. What should have been a great, fun first meeting between the new Uncanny Avengers and the All New All-Different Avengers was instead a conventional snooze fest that did little to further the Standoff event in any real way.

Here’s hoping things can improve in the future, or All New All-Different Avengers could be in real trouble.