Mighty Avengers #1 is the usual clarion call to action as each hero has his or her motivation to answer the call to battle and become a team. Luke’s reasoning is the most well thought out as he has an internal conflict whether to go back to being an Avenger, a role he clearly misses, or supporting his family by staying a mercenary hero for hire. Luke’s action in settling on Avenger is ironically inspired by the Superior Spidey talking down to him and dismissing him as a thug during a battle with the almost-forgotten villain, the Plunderer. Superior Spidey is so much fun in books like this as readers get to feel like they’re in on a dirty little secret since the heroes just act confused about why Spidey is suddenly a dick.
As far as art goes, readers either like Greg Land or they don’t. This book is scaled back Land as the whole thing looks more comic-y and less trace-y. Yes, his Monica looks like a Halle Berry trace job and his Superior Spidey is oddly fat, but the action flows cleanly and the art never distracts from the well-constructed character work that makes this book sing.
It’s so good to see Monica in action again that one can forgive the usual gathering of heroes first issue. Readers have seen this type of thing before, but the team is made up of such different personalities that good stories are sure to follow. With all the cosmic shenanigans going on in Avengers and New Avengers it’s nice to read an Avengers book grounded in character and team interactions.