Former Young Avenger, Hulkling, is the savior for two dying races and empires, but will he help them in The New Avengers: A.I.M. Vol. 1?
Hulkling aka Teddy Altman has a very prestigious lineage and famous parents. Altman’s father is a Kree known as Captain Mar-Vell aka the original Captain Marvel. However, his mother is even more distinguished. His mother is the Skrull princess, Anelle.
This is very important and unique because the Kree and Skrull have been at war for as long as anyone can remember. It has been foretold that a child of Kree and Skrull will bring peace to the two empires. A small group of Kree-Skrull hybrids seek him out to save their people.
However, Hulkling knows none of this and is a part of A.I.M. The organization formerly known as A.I.M. is getting a huge overhaul. The group was formerly known as Advanced Idea Mechanics which was kinda like Hydra but more technology based. However, the hero mutant Sunspot took over and renamed it Avengers Idea Mechanics.
The group is like another Avengers, but operate more like a company and employ scientists to research different areas of study to help with missions. They also have a lot of younger up-and-coming members. The team is made up of Hulkling, Wiccan, White Tiger, Power Man(not Luke Cage), Songbird and Squirrel Girl. The team gets a new member who is a spy for the Avengers and makes this very obvious, Hawkeye.
The New Avengers: A.I.M. Vol. 1 was written by Al Ewing with art by Gerardo Sandoval. Marvel Comics published the volume in 2016.
I was really looking forward to seeing a new and totally different “Avengers” team with the only regular Avenger being Hawkeye. Also I am a big fan of the Young Avengers series so I was excited to see more Hulkling and Wiccan. A bit off-topic but the original Young Avengers series is a billion times better than Runaways. The two series are both based on an unknown young hero team. I don’t know why Runaways gets a Hulu show and so much love but Young Avengers gets none.
However, this volume was not very good. It had way too many things going on all at once. It has three villains they fight at three different points and only resolve one the fights. Heroes are just coming out of everywhere. I am just starting to figure out who Power Man is and then boom a bunch of new heroes I don’t know appear.
It was really hard to keep track of the story and what was going. However, the worst part was even though it presents all this extra stuff none of it was really that interesting. I thought the story was pretty boring.
I also did not really like the character design of Squirrel Girl. She is a weird character to design and I get that. She is half Squirrel and that is a really weird thing to draw. If the art is super cartonny it works fine to go really weird. However, if it is realistic then making teeth half the size of her head is scary. She talks and acts just like the Squirrel Girl I know, but those giant teeth are just too much.
Another aspect I didn’t like is how preachy it got in parts. Wiccan is called out for being called Wiccan but not practicing the religion. However, Wiccan is a male witch since his mom is Scarlet Witch so he can go by witch but that has a female association. He could also go by Warlock but there are already two people who go by Warlock in Marvel. Ultimately who cares he is a hero and an all round good dude who is starting studying Wicca. He is just really busy fighting bad guys so get off his back Power Man.
This comic did not really live up to my hopes but at least I got to see Wiccan and Hulkling. I never see those guys anymore and I really miss them.