Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Javier Garron
Colors by David Curiel
Letters by Cory Petit
The Rundown: With the threat of Mephisto rising, the Avengers find themselves with an unlikely ally.
After learning the truth about his life, his existence and his creation, Nighthawk takes to the night traveling cross country to battle anything and everyone evil he can find. His latest patrol is interrupted by the arrival of Black Panther who attempts to give the broken vigilante a purpose. A purpose that could bring him one step closer to taking on his true target, Mephisto.
When the Serpent Society decides to devote themselves to worshipping Mephisto, they take over a building and offer up their hostages as sacrifices to him. Unfortunately, their plans are interrupted by Nighthawk who manages to take them out on his own before the Avengers arrive, but not before Mephisto appears and show the heroes exactly what they will be facing. A revelation that will require a lot more Avengers and soon.
The Story: Aaron delivers an entertaining and intriguing story in this issue. Putting Nighthawk on a path of redemption and purpose is a great story trope and it is used effectively here by having the character not only face off against Black Panther, but also by focusing his rage. I like the dynamic he adds to the Avengers roster and his inclusion will lead to some interesting interpersonal conflicts. I also really enjoyed the ominous tone of Mephisto’s appearance and cannot wait to see more.
The Art: Javier Garron has a wonderful eye for action and this issue has some brilliant action scenes throughout as well as great character moments that catch the eye.