The latest threat to Earth forces the Avengers to seek the help of some of their greatest foes. As we saw with the Marvel Now reboot, the Avengers have expanded their ranks and are looking beyond Earth. It seems this new expansion in numbers and scope comes right in the nick of time. First you had Ex Nihilo and the Origin Bombs on Mars, which are still wreaking havoc on the planet, but now there seems an even more pressing issue.
The Builder Fleet causes such a threat that the Avengers team up with the Brood, Annihilus, and a band of honor-filled Skrull.
Avengers #18, to be released August 21st, ties into the large Infinity from Jonathan Hickman and Leinil Francis Yu. As you can imagine, the scale of this story is quite epic, and the tone somber. That being said, I hope we don’t completely leave behind the levity that some Avengers like Iron Man and Thor often provide. But it appears from the stoic looks and canted angles that this will not be an issue full of laughs, but one that seeks to impress upon the reader just how dire the current situation is.
Even the cover artwork is dark and somber with a hint of foreboding, hinting again at how terrible the threat of the Builder Fleet is. The Avengers deal with such threats all of the time, but seeing how concerned they all are about it leads me to wonder about how the regular citizens of Earth are dealing with the current threat.
I always find it surprising that there isn’t more need for crowd control in these big events. I would love to see an event where the regular people stand up beside the Avengers to help defend their world. As cool as it is to see the Avengers fighting along side the Skrull and Brood instead of against them for once, it think it would be equally as interesting to have an arc about everyday people fighting alongside the Avengers and being something more than cannon fodder for once.