Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Javier Garron
Colors by David Curiel
Letters by Cory Petit
The Rundown: The Phoenix Force is looking for a new host and it will pit the Avengers against some deadly foes to chose its champion.
The Phoenix Force has come to Earth seeking a new host for its powers and in order to decide, it will pit the Avengers against some of their deadliest foes in a tournament to decide who is worthy. The first round will find Steve Rogers remembering the man he was and hoping to retain who he is as he takes on Doctor Doom. Phoenix has imbued both men with its power and Steve wonders, win or lose, what he will become. Meanwhile, Black Panther attempts to communicate with the Phoenix Force but is interrupted by someone who believes the force is there for him.
The mystery of who called the Phoenix Force is revealed and the Avengers will have their hands full taking him and his forces on, but a surprise guest interrupts. As the conflict rages at the base of the mountain, the Phoenix awakens. Putting a call out to the world, the Phoenix takes a group of heroes within herself to determine who will be her new host. Unfortunately, the price for her power might be too high.
The Story: Jason Aaron is taking this story in some interesting directions. Using the Phoenix as a catalyst for bringing back an earlier conflict that hadn’t been resolved is a great narrative choice as well. It is interesting to see how these conflicts will play themselves out and the one between Cap and Doom was awesome to witness. The final page of the issue teases some really intriguing stories to come and I can’t wait to see where this story goes next.
The Art: Javier Garron delivers some powerful imagery throughout this issue. The characters look fantastic, but what stood out to me was the fantastic scenes between Captain America and Doctor Doom. Those visuals were exciting and well executed.