Writer: Jason Aaron
Art: Ed McGuinness, Mark Morales, Matthew Wilson, VC’s Cory Petit, Leinil Francis Yu, and Sunny Gho
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: May 5th, 2021
Blade awakens in a world as the only one with any memory of the AVENGERS. He’s searched for AVENGER’S Mountain only to uncover that it doesn’t exist. Blade’s journey continued as he began to track down any hero from his past that could possibly make heads or tails of this situation. However, throughout Blade’s journey, he’s actually discovered this new world he’s in very well may be better than the one he remembers. Let’s dive into HEROES REBORN #1 to unearth this brand new mystery from Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness.
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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO EARTH’S MIGHTIEST WARRIORS?
Do you like Elseworld stories? They are truly some of my favorite tales ever. The sheer flexibility of taking a fan-favorite character down an unspeakable path they never could do normally, is solid gold! The problem: continuity. You can’t mess with the norm. Now, what if you could experiment with that same flexibility of storytelling yet keep it within continuity? Wouldn’t that be genius? Well readers, that’s exactly what Jason Aaron is playing with here. HEROES REBORN is Elseworld meets current continuity. And as this opening installment kicks off, Aaron throws readers head first into one heck of an exciting adventure leaving fans wondering; what happened to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes?
CURRENT MARVEL EVENTS
As someone who reads practically all comics each week, I find myself pretty up to date with the ongoings within MARVEL COMICS as well as DC COMICS. That said, I’d like to take a minute to address the excessively large elephant in the room. Is this REALLY another event? And, will anything really come from this event? We literally just ended KING IN BLACK, which felt as though it was two months of holding our books hostage and now we’re thrown into another event less than 3 weeks later. What’s the point?
Well, after this issue of HEROES REBORN, the point will not be clear. However, the intrigue and excitement will be. The problem is: readers will have to give it a chance. Recent comic history shows events have been either too convoluted, too over the top, too pointless, or have genuinely amounted to zero consequences and tie-ins as cash grabs. So, why take the leap on HEROES REBORN? Heck, especially after Aaron’s most recent story arc on AVENGERS as he attempted to revamp the Phoenix Force… again. Truthfully… because this opening installment is intriguing, action-packed, powerful, and encompasses a kaleidoscope of newly familiar, revamped characters that will spark a desire to know more.
HEROES REBORN is new user friendly. I’ve fallen off the Jason Aaron AVENGERS wagon recently yet I was totally able to jump on board and not miss a beat. Thus, this is a fantastic event to draw in a plethora of readers from all walks of life and comics. I highly recommend taking a flier out on this opening issue. Furthermore, the issue was incredibly easy to follow as Aaron ushers readers quickly around the status quo of this new world. Aaron hits on all cylinders as he takes the time to give the whereabouts of all his AVENGERS cast of characters while introducing the new heroes into the comic landscape.
However, what makes this issue even more appealing is the illustrations lead by Ed McGuinness. Sure, this issue of HEROES REBORN walks readers through this new atmosphere. Yet, it’s McGuinness who hammers home the non-stop action and creative design of these classic characters reborn. Readers will get splash pages, two page spreads, and relentless play by plays all thoroughly detailed and vibrant from this art team. For those that are really into Superhero comics, it’s McGuinness’ design that lays that mantra on extra thick with each bulging muscle that’s reminiscent of 90s’ comic history. Together with Aaron, this reviewer genuinely feels readers will get hooked almost from page one.
I hate to say it… but this is a MUST READ to any and all MARVEL COMICS fans. I know, I know. I’m saying this after such events as EMPYRE and KING IN BLACK. And now, you expect me to believe you? Yup! Aaron throws readers deep into the heart of the story with little clues as to what’s going on. Yet, he dangles so many intriguing elements into the story that just demand your attention. It’s an in continuity Elseworld story that provides all readers with the same footing. Plus, McGuinness has this set team energized and ready to roll! The insane and excitement that readers will leave with is directly proportional to McGuinness’ illustrations and art team. Pick this issue up and add HEROES REBORN to your pull list. Have a great week, let me know what you think, and God bless!