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This second volume of New Avengers has fallout from “Secret War” and “House of M”. After 42 supervillains escaped from the Raft, the New Avengers formed to track them down and renew efforts to protect people as a team.

The first third of the book deals with Spider-Woman, and where her loyalties truly lie. When the team goes to Japan after the Silver Samurai, Jessica encounters Madame Hydra and subsequently lets her escape. The team confronts her; it seems that Nick Fury went underground after Secret War, but is still causing trouble. I don’t know much about Spider-Woman, so I truly enjoyed this section as it focused on her. There is some action, but most of the section was dialog driven and team-centric, including the problem of Spider-Man’s bad press in the Dailey Bugle.

The second and largest section of the book was my favorite as it addressed an issue I had with the resolution of the House of M: no more mutants. The entire arc implied that Wanda’s alternate reality was “wrong” and the true reality was trying to reassert itself. Which begs the question, how could millions of mutants lose their powers when she shifted reality again – where would they go? This section provides an answer and the greatest challenge the new team must face so far. This also was incredibly action-heavy with several battles and some brilliant cut scenes on the helicarrier. Ms. Marvel also gets in on the action, though she remains a loner, and this section has Spider-Man in the new spider armor Iron Man created for him. Very cool.

The last small section has the team facing a Black Widow (not Agent Romanov) enhanced with the ability to adapt powers. Only, she gets more than she bargains for when she takes on Sentry’s power, and his mental instability. This was my least favorite part of the collection mainly because I don’t care for the Sentry. He seems like a poor substitute for Thor on the team and too often comes off as a whiner due to the Void vs Sentry “split personality.” That said, the battle was fun and brilliantly rendered.

Overall, I found this to be an exciting and well done collection of New Avengers material. As the Superhero Registration Act is mentioned during the second story, it also sets up Civil War which the third volume of New Avengers will overlap. Highly recommended. ( )
  jshillingford | Jan 22, 2014 |
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Please do not combine The New Avengers: Sentry with The New Avengers Deluxe, Volume 2 which is an omnibus, or with The New Avengers, Volume 2 which collects a different series.
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Shedding light on the New Avengers' darkest secrets! This deluxe hardcover collects New Avengers Volume 3: Secrets & Lies and New Avengers Volume 4: The Collective - plus New Avengers Annual #1, never before reprinted in a New Avengers collection. In Secrets & Lies, it's the debut of the mysterious New Avenger everyone has been talking about! Who is Ronin, and why has Captain America recruited him into the fold? Then, Cap catches Spider-Woman double-dealing the New Avengers and corners her! How did she get her powers back and to whom does she answer? In The Collective, a new adversary with the power to destroy the world emerges from the ashes of House of M! The New Avengers' latest gauntlet subjects them to attack and intrigue as they discover who their most powerful enemy really is! And in New Avengers Annual #1, Avengers Tower becomes the ultimate battleground as the New Avengers are targeted by one of their fiercest new enemies yet. The all-new Adaptoid has come to take them down - and wait till you see who it is. Plus: An avenger gets married! Collects New Avengers #11-20 and Annual #1, and the lead story from Giant-Size Spider-Woman #1

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