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The New Avengers: Illuminati #3

May 29, 2007

Quick Rating: Average
Rating: T+

Between Secret Wars, the Illuminati seeks to deal with the Beyonder.

Writers: Brian Michael Bendis & Brian Reed
Pencils: Jim Cheung
Inks: Mark Morales
Colors: Justin Ponsor
Letters: Cory Petit
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Cover Art: Jim Cheung
Publisher: Marvel comics

Set in-between the first two Secret Wars crossovers, the members of the Illuminati discover a startling secret about the Beyonder, and attempt to use that knowledge to put a stop to his menace.

That “secret” they discover is, in fact, the biggest problem with this issue. By the end, it’s rather ambiguous whether it was real or if it was merely a game played by the Beyonder. If it’s real, then it’s an absolutely gargantuan retcon, and an utterly unnecessary one as well. If it was just a game, then the issue as a whole becomes irrelevant.

The real saving grace – not only of this issue, but thus far of the entire miniseries – is excellent artwork by Jim Cheung. He gets a chance to draw some Marvel favorites in more classic forms although I don’t recall Namor wearing his leather get-up at this time period) and his cover is a nice little homage to the original Secret Wars #1.

I still can’t quite grasp the point of this series. Certainly, the idea here is to show that the Illuminati were, in fact, present for the big events in Marvel history, but thus far, we haven’t really seen the significance of that (except for the somewhat farfetched idea that each of them now possesses one of the Infinity Gems, which happened last issue, which chronologically had to have taken place long after this issue). Hopefully there’s a rabbit to come out of the hat before this series ends.

Rating: 5/10

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