Matt Murdock aka Daredevil, his friend Foggy Nelson, and hired bodyguard Luke Cage are escorted by Jessica Drew aka Spider-Woman, to the maximum security prison for very powerful and dangerous super villains called the Raft. The prison is infiltrated and a breakout occurs. Several superheroes head to the scene in an attempt to put an end to the riot. -summary
In 2004 Marvel had Brian Bendis do the unimaginable, and that was destroy the Avengers with his story Avengers: Disassembled, a story that I still consider one of the best Avenger stories ever written. This story saw the Scarlet Witch at the peak of her powers suffer a nervous breakdown, and attack her own team leaving some members dead and Iron Man being forced to disband the team. This was all part of Marvel's grand design to reshape the Marvel U and by this point they were nowhere near done. Bendis follows up the previous devastation with a rebirth story of sorts, that finds a new version of the team being assembled. New Avengers Vol. 1 Breakout contains issues 1 - 6. As a special note, this story would become popular enough to where it would be translated to animation form in the Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes animated series, in the two part episode also titled Breakout.
The plot begins when long time enemy of Spider-Man, Electro, causes a massive black out that wipes out the power in the prison setting loose dozens of criminals consisting of Count Nefaria, Mister Hyde, Carnage, and even the Purple Man. Various superheroes such as Spider-Man, Captain America, and Iron Man make it to the scene, in order to assist heroes who have already been caught up in the battle. Captain America realizes just how important the Avengers are to the world, and he believes it was fate that brought them together again to restore a balance. Therefore, he goes out of his way to recruit everyone present that night; by the end of this book the team would be: Captain America, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Luke Cage, Spider-Woman(original) and Wolverine. I will say there have been much better line ups, but characters like Spider-Woman and Luke Cage increased the interest level for me.
Bendis does a very good job blending them as a team, with some fun character interactions that wouldn't have been possible if not for his mastery over dialog. They sound like real people and he proves to be the best Spider-Man writer in a very long time, quite possibly the best ever. There are some good story elements here, plus future stories being set up that will impact the Marvel U. My only problem with this story is injecting Wolverine into the line up. He is way too over-exposed, and in addition to the X-Men, he even later on makes it to X-Force as leader. Wolverine being in so many places really does feel strange later on.
David Finch's artwork is too cool for words at times. The characters are drawn very clean and highly detailed. The backgrounds especially stand out to me, dark, moody, and reflecting the sinister feel of the situation taking place on the Raft. The action panels can be brutal, and one scene took me by complete surprise. Overall, there are no complaints here.
New Avengers: Breakout carries on the tradition well enough and it's a fantastic follow up to Disassembled. This story is very essential to the modern Marvel run moving forward as well. Casual and new fans can start out here, since the book sets the stage for many coming events, I still recommend going back to Disassembled though if you haven't read it. Recommended.
Pros: -Great start, artwork, action, and characters
Cons: -It really didn't need Wolverine
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