Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Jason Masters
Colors by Jason Keith
Letters by Joe Caramagna
The Rundown: The Avengers take some much needed rest and relaxation while their chairman decides to pay a visit to a familiar face.
Thor is basking in both the personal victory of the return of his beloved Mjolnir and the end of the War of the Realms. As he and Tony contemplate their victory, the rest of the team slowly begins to trickle in as they deal with their own personal issues including Robbie’s fear of being the Ghost Rider and Carol’s need for them to be ready for what’s next.
As his team takes some time to reconnect with each other, Black Panther decides to pay a clandestine visit to Phil Coulson at the Pentagon. After navigating past his Fury LMD’s, Panther confronts the agent about his new team and the fact that he knows at least one of the secrets Coulson is hiding about the Squadron Supreme. When he confronts the team itself, he plants a seed of doubt that might reveal the force behind Coulson’s plans.
The Story: Jason Aaron does a deft job of balancing the end of the previous story arc and the story threads he’s introduced. The Black Panther/Coulson confrontation was fantastic and revealed so much of what makes T’Challa an interesting choice for leader of this team. It’s going to be more interesting to see how he evolves this Avengers team without the oversight of the American government. A really good issue that sets up some intriguing stories to come.
The Art: Jason Masters’ art is fantastic. All of the characters look amazing and the panels are filled with great detail.