Synopsis: Avenger vs Defender as the alchemist Diablo casts another card from the deck of fate, pitting hero against hero for his own nefarious purposes!
Review: This issue sees Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, and Daredevil make brief appearances.
Diablo has managed to get control of the minds of both the Avengers and Defenders, but some minds are proving to be stronger than others. When Hulk changes back to Bruce Banner he is able to free The Vision and formulate a plan. Meanwhile, Diable and the others get an impromptu visit from the future who has a warning for the Avengers and Defenders. They much kill Diablo, but in order to do that. They need to be able to free themselves from his control.
Paul Renaud’s artwork for this issue is nicely done and can’t really be faulted. I loved the attention to detail when it came to the special cards that Diablo was using to control both superhero teams. I also loved the sequence in which Bruce Banner who is dressed in Ant Man’s suit undergoes his transformation into Hulk without ripping the suit. There could be a case for having future issues of Hulk comic where he wears red spandex.
Alan Davis has put together what is turning out to be a really enjoyable story. I’m kind of liking the juxtaposition of Science Versus Magic and the element of altered events being brought into play. For example, Namor’s memory of the second world war with Captain America seemed to have been altered in the last issue, but is now as it was originally or is it? I also rather enjoyed the brief cameos from Spider-man, Daredevil, and The Fantastic Four and hope that they get brought into the story a little by the time the next issue comes around.
Overall. This is a fun read.