Yeah, I bought Avengers. I bought a bunch of Avengers. So I went to the shop and had a look around. After a bunch of skims and knowing that I had cut enough to be severely below budget this month, I decided to just dive in. I already had the first issue of Hickman's Avengers so I got caught up (and am ticked that I had to settle for a 2nd print of issue 2... waste of money). I also bought all 3 issues of New Avengers and the Avengers Assemble Annual... since I saw mentions of the Young Avengers. Hey, I was in an Avengery mood. In addition to those I also picked up 2 of the 3 comics I had planned on buying. The casualty left behind was the first issue of Jeff Lemure's Green Arrow. I like Lemure's Justice League Dark and have always wanted to try Green Arrow but it just kept getting bad reviews. I like the artist and this is a starting point for all readers so I was excited to try it. However, after skimming the issue I just didn't see anything that made me say WOW. Then, after deciding to pick up Avengers and New Avengers, I knew I'd have to make a few cuts to my buy list and figured it wasn't even worth starting this title that I'll likely drop soon anyway. The other cut, by the way, will likely be Batman & Robin. Now, on to the new issues for the week: Avengers 5 - The previews for this issue is what sold me. I love the Imperial Guard, have since DnA made them prominant. I liked the Smasher joke that they ran with so having a Smasher on the team interested me. I have to say I really enjoyed this new character and am eager to see what becomes of her as the story moves forward. I liked that Hickman pulled from continuity here and had her find the glasses of the Smasher who died during Morrison's X-Men run, the one who crashed down on the farm to warn of the coming danger. Granted, there have been other Smashers since him but it makes sense that it would have taken this long to find those glasses. Also, the time laps and explanation of how there are multiple Smashers out there waiting to become THE Smasher makes sense as well. Great issue. Love Kubert's art. I also love Captain Universe so I'm eager to see what next issue has in store for her/it. That said, while I did enjoy the issue, and the series overall, I don't yet know if it's worth$8 a month. I'm going to give it a bit and decide on that officially, but for now I'm in. New Avengers 3 - The previews for this issue sold me so I knew I was buying this title before I even stepped into the shop. I was not let down. I love how Hickman handles Beast and I like his caution with the whole thing. That ending... wow! I sorta like it and it has me interested and I sorta role my eyes and yet more Illuminati drama that promises to follow. Not to mention this plot was already handled in Identity Crisis. Still, the issue was good, I loved Beast here, and I'll be back for next issue. How far beyond that? We'll see. Avengers Assemble Annual 1 - I was amazed by how much I liked this issue. I'm not particularly a Vision fan but I saw mentions of Wiccan and Speed in the issue and that caught my eye. I was already suckered into buying other Avenger books so I figured what the heck. I finished the issue realizing that if this had been the first issue of a Vision ongoing I would have been totally sold and ready to lay down money for a second issue. I thought the premise was fantastic. The villain was relatable. Vision's personal struggles were interesting and I LOVED that he visited Billy in the end... technically his son. I really want to know what happens after this issue ends. I'm hoping they handle that in Young Avengers or something. One nitpick is that Jessica Jones (who it was nice seeing) didn't know Vision had kids. While a stretch, I suppose that could be possible but I highly doubt that she wouldn't know. She was the Young Avengers' liason when their series began. I just feel like she would have followed them a bit closer to learn about the Wanda/Vision connection. Yeah, not worth the $5 but once you get past the rediculous price point it's a good read. All New X-Men 7 - This was a good issue. Young Cyclops gets old Cyclops' security deposit box and looks through a bunch of momentos, including the invitation to Scott and Jean's wedding. It was a touching moment and even moreso when he gives it to young Jean later. Wolverine has some decent parts but Mystique is the main focus here alongside Young Cyclops. It was an interesting exchange and I'm very curious as to where this story is going to lead. I'm not sure who the dude with her was but I don't mind. I just enjoyed reading the book. It's only 7 issues in but this is probably Bendis' best work since Daredevil, if not better. But that's just my opinion. Phantom Stranger 5 - This is a book on the cutting block. I at least wanted to wait until this issue came out because I liked the last Spectre before Flashpoint. Fortunately, I loved the issue. Spectre vs. Phantom Stranger was great and the little moments with the Question totally peaked my interest in what happens next. And I loved the feeling I got when I realized the little dog that Phantom Stranger had been seeing was God watching him through the dog's eyes. Very interesting plot developments here and, as a Christian, I loved some of the stuff that were being discussed indirectly about Jesus. It was just all played out really well. I think DeMatteis being added to this book was a blessing. I loved his 90s Spider-Man work and I'm liking it here. I don't know how long I'll stick with the book, hopefully through Trinity War, but we'll see. One thing's for certain, this was the best issue since the title began last September. So yeah, great week all around. Not a bad book in sight. Best and Worst of the Week Best: Phantom Stranger 5 - Despite being on the drop fence for me, this issue was fantastic. It really got me excited for wherever the story goes and, while that excitement might fade, the initial impression was one of great enjoyment... so yeah, for that it wins. Worst: Avengers Assemble Annual 1 - This isn't even fair putting it here because it was a great issue. It's just that I liked all the others even more. I love weeks like this. The price hurt this one though, and the art wasn't fantastic.