Writer Jonathan Hickman
Artists Esad Ribic, Salvador Larroca, Mike Deodato and Butch Guice
Color Artists Dean White, Frank Martin, Paul Mounts and Laura Martin
Letter VC’s Cory Petit
Cover by Mike Allred and Laura Allred
Cover Dated February 2014
I only own this issue for the variant cover. For whatever reason, Marvel released multiple variants for this issue, which back in the day, they would have waited for the big issue 25 but 24 isn’t bad in today’s market. I still want to own the Anka variant.
I really miss the character square from the good ol’ days.
The theme with several of the variants was Avengers on famous X-Men covers and X-Men in famous Avengers covers. Unfortunately, there was no homage cover to Uncanny X-Men 141. Others are like the one above, where the artist just had fun doing a cover. Its by Allred, so of course Doop is there.
Onto the issue, which good thing there was a recap page!
So in previous issues, there are events called, Incursions, which I only know from the Facebook : Avengers Alliance game. A game I really enjoyed and was addicted to until they went crazy with the PvP Lockboxes. I always said I will quit playing once I wasn’t able to get one of the limited characters and that is what happened with Elektra. Now, they have gone crazy with the feature.
Incursions is when two different Earths come together and one of them is going to be destroyed by the other. From what I can gather, our Earth in the Proper Marvel Universe, is always being one of these planets and the Illuminati has to destroy the other Earth.
I guess at one point, Captain America was a temporary member of the Illuminati and he didn’t like the idea of destroying complete Earths so they, via Doctor Strange, mindwipe him. Just like Zantanna did to Batman in Identity Crisis.
Also, on the recap page, is a conversation Captain America had with Iron Man about how Cap realizes that their enemies are getting to be more dangerous, attack more often and there is just plain too many of them. Iron Man’s solution? To make the Avengers a bigger force to be dealt with.
So the Avengers are –
Captain America, Hulk, Falcon, Thor, Manifold, Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Hawkeye, Iron Man (in the big circle)
Spider-Woman, Hyperion, Smasher, Nightmask, Captain Universe, Cannonball, Sunspot, Starbrand, Shangi Chi (on the bottom)
18 Heroes! That is quite an army!
I don’t recognize : Manifold, Nightmask, this current Captain Universe and Starbrand sounds familiar.
Issue opens in the future, 3030, and Tony’s whatever number-great grandchild, Rhodey Stark (will they really be still naming their children after Tony’s friends at that long of a line?) and Franklin Richards are talking about time travel. Franklin is cool with Rhody going back in time. The captions imply that the Richards Foundation owns the Stark company – which I like.
In the present, Thor is barbequing and makes a joke about not recognizing what hot dogs are, or what meat they are. I sort of like a Thor who can crack a joke – he’s been on Earth and with this time, for a decade – at least, so he can feel comfortable and it shows that they are rubbing off on him.
He admits that he tried to barbeque a lobster but the creature defeated him. Good stuff!
Hulk brings out plates of pies : mead, beer and fimbulvinter.
I like the conversation with Spider-Woman, Black Widow and Captain Marvel.
Captain America and Iron Man talk about membership. Cap has let go of Wolverine, as he is too busy. Spider-Man has also been let go because he has been acting erratic. Due to him being Doctor Octopus.
They explain the cast sheet above. The circle is the main team, the others are reserved.
Then Iron Man 3030 shows up. Tony states it is December 2013, so there is still time to change the Future.
Future Iron Man gives the Avengers an additional monh to prepare for the Rogue Planet, the name of the issue, that is heading to Earth. A rogue planet is a planet that leaves its orbit and now is a giant marble heading towards anything that will stop it.
The Avengers set up a base on Mars and create a device that simply merges the rogue planet to Earth, creating a new source of energy.
Iron Man 3030 takes off her helmet and calls Tony, grandfather. Which, I am not sure if only one child of Tony’s grown up and had a child gets us from 2013 to 3030.
She reveals that in the original timeline, the Avengers destroyed the rogue planet and saved the Earth.
Because they saved the day, the way they did, now the Illuminati (who are also now the New Avengers) can use this new energy source for those pesky Incursions. That is the type of tight writing one can do when you write two titles.
Decent issue, glad it all worked out.