Last issue The New Avengers and The Secret Warriors witnessed the fall of Asgard. Mockingbird appears to be crushed under some rubble.
Two days ago The Hood meets Norman Osborn. Osborn knows that Loki has repowered The Hood and he wants his help in invading Asgard. The Hood agrees as he owes both Osborn and Loki. Osborn asks about The Hoods gang and if they will help with the invasion too. The Hood tells him that some of them will but he needs something to offer them. Osborn tells him they can become Thunderbolts if they do and that will give them a “Get out of jail free” card. Later, The Hood is with his crew. He tells them about the invasion and the Thunderbolt deal. Mandrill objects and is depowered by The Hood. Mandrill then agrees as he doesn’t want to lose his enhanced powers. The Hood tells them to be ready, there’s a plan.
We see The Hood and his crew arrive to help out H.A.M.M.E.R. with the battle for Asgard. The Hood stops nick Fury taking out Osborn when we see The Sentry flying into Asgard. Ronin sees that Mockingbird is under some rubble, he digs her out and she’s ok. Meanwhile The Hood finds Madame Masque and decides it’s time for them to leave. We see The Sentry, fully consumed by his Void persona attacking everyone when The Norn Stones disappear from The Hoods hands. Loki has them and uses them to power up The Avengers. The Hoods crew have also lost their power boost and are mad. Madame Masque kills two of them and they escape. Later we see them in a hotel watching the news. Osborn has been arrested and The Hood knows they will be coming for him next. Masque tells him to make sure he’s ready and to have something they will never see coming.
Better than last issue. We see the motivation for The Hood joining the battle as well as his reaction to Loki taking The Norn Stones. I find it more interesting to see a villains motivation for running into battle than a heroes.
A much more interesting story than last issue plus I can't see any major continuity blips that force me lower the score.
This is the last numbered issue of the first volume of The New Avengers.
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