Writers: Al Ewing, Jim Zub, & Mark Waid
Pencils: Paco Medina
Inks: Juan Vlasco
Colors: Jesus Aburtov
Letters: VC’s Cory Petit
Avengers: No Road Home #2 continues the new weekly Avengers series. After the success of last year’s weekly Avengers: No Surrender it was a no brainer that Marvel would move forward with a sequel, a much darker sequel. Nyx, the Queen of Midnight who is the ancient Greek Goddess of Night is free after eons of imprisonment at the hands of the Greek Pantheon. The first part of the issue details how Nyx and her followers acted quickly for retribution on the Greek Gods. It’s over the carnage of the dead gods that the Avengers arrived last issue and the battle of Nyx and her followers takes place against Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in this issue. The remainder of the issue is narrated by Hawkeye, that is one-part insight into how Hawkeye functions in a fight and another part pep talk as Clint builds himself up to make it through the battle, a battle the Avengers are woefully unprepared for and if the final page is any indication it will having lasting and dire ramifications on not only the team and Hawkeye in particular.
Avengers: No Road Home #2 is a fun entry into what could be another great Avengers story. The all-star writing team of Al Ewing, Jim Zub, and Mark Waid have a great handle on this eclectic mixture of Avengers. I’m assuming that Marvel took it’s Holy Trinity and Big Guns off the table for this weekly series, and in all honesty the series is probably better for it. I think that No Road Home is better served with these lower tier Avengers. This group may not have the power and notoriety, but make up for it with personality and angst, and these three writers have a great understanding of this cast of characters and are using them wonderfully. Paco Medina’s artwork is a great choice for this series. His classic style and storytelling abilities lend themselves perfectly to this tale. All in all, Avengers: No Road Home #2 is an issue jammed full of incredible talent, which makes for a highly enjoyable story.
Verdict:Avengers: No Road Home #2 has a great collection of talent, an excellent issue, and a Buy for me.