Mighty Avengers (2013) #7

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Years ago, Gideon Mace murdered Ava Ayala's family.Ava Ayala is the White Tiger. She channels the power of an ancient god of terror and bloodlust. And she just gave it full control.Pray for Gideon Mace.
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  • Imprint: Marvel Universe
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Format: Comic
  • Price: $3.99
  • UPC: 75960607959900711
  • FOC Date: Feb 12, 2014
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Funny, (Old_Man_Steve) I suddenly felt obliged to come in and talk about the comparisons to the regular team on this issue as well.  I think it must have been the whole White Tiger/Black Panther/Tiger Spirit/Panther Spirit mirror that provoked the team comparison mechanism, which had been active since the first issue buy lying somewhere dormant, to kick in hard.  Not to mention the letter in the back of the issue asking who we'd like to see join the team next forcing us to figure out if War Machine/Iron Patriot would be a good fit or not.

So let's see.  So far we have.

Luke Cage - Super Soldier #1 in place of Captain America

The Blue Marvel - Sentry

Spectrum (who I love) as the powerhouse - Thor

The Falcon - Hawkeye

She Hulk - The Hulk

White Tiger - Black Panther

Power Man - in for Luke Cage in his previous incarnation as Super Soldier #2

Ronin (for lack of wanting to spoil who I know he is at this point) and Power Fist trading places in the current cameo spot usually reserved for the guest Avenger.

And of course Spiderman who, no matter who is hiding under the mask, still isn't playing well.

It would seem like the most obvious choice would be an Iron Avenger.  Here's the thing though.  How is that going to play out when Iron Patriot is wearing a suit who's main technology is still under the control of Tony Stark?  Does that put the team at risk?  Or at the bare minimum defeat the assumed purpose of this team (i.e. Negro League Avengers) were Rhoades, like Stark, to take the initiative and lead the team?  These and other questions must be answered.

And Doc Strange?  Or Brother Voodoo?  I mean if we are rolling like that then we have to ask.  All in all its still a fun experiment as long as we stay away from the low blows and purposefully sensational social commentary.

I, for the record however, do not mind having the Avengers held up to a racial mirror and recreated.  Sure, it still causes you to have to remember our sordid past but at the same time it is at least a step the the right direction.  Bottom line being that a lot of people, in spite of not having severe prejudices, still do not hang out in very mixed settings.  You may have this one here or that one there more often than before but on the whole you are either going to be dealing with a lot of one thing or a lot of another.  This makes this depiction of the current roster more lifelike then and thus more acceptable even if not very palatable.  That's just life I think, and although it might look kind of crazy to see on paper, it really isn't any crazier than the way we have been seeing it for the many years leading up to this point.

So I say, AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!  And STAY MIGHTY!  And while we're at it let's talk about getting some Asian brothers in the house too :)

It ain't nothing but a party yall, let's get it on! - Public Enemy - 1988


After reading a few issues of this series, I feel it's time to state the obvious: This is the "Negro League Avengers" because Heaven forbid we have more than 2 black people on the regular Avengers team at any given time. Any more than 2 upsets the white male comic fans too much (re: the Heimdall controversy from the Thor movies, Michael B. Jordan winning the role of Johnny Storm in the new Fantastic Four reboot). So Marvel's got these great black characters and Avengers is the showcase brand these days so use'em or lose 'em is the prevailing attitude. But it reeks of something from the '50s, segregation days style.

The "Real Avengers" (the usually all-white ones, though to be fair Black Widow is Russian, Logan is Canuck, and Thor is not human) get to save the universe! The "Negro League Avengers" get to save New York City...which is important, sure.... but it's not the same. It's probably Cap's fault in-universe, subconsciously. HOWEVER, given the state of the writing of the Avengers book, I can't complain too much about this. You can do a lot more with Mighty story-wise than you can do with the main book at this point in time. There's a lot of potential here to make this a better Avengers book rather than just a "street" book or an Avengers-lite (Or Dark Avengers, lol). I just hope it lasts long enough to make that happen.

This is probably why Spiderman couldn't be on the team. Can't have white Spidey being upstaged by "boss man" Luke Cage, now can we? That and Spidey is an unstable jerk, so...no...