Storywise, it's a fairly typical introduction / "assemble the team" book, introducing about half of the lineup the book will have by the end of the first arc. First up are Luke Cage, Power Man (Victor Alvarez, who has taken Cage's old name) and White Tiger fighting a D-list villain while working as Heroes for Hire. They also run into the Superior Spider-Man, and almost immediately one of the best things about the book is on display: Al Ewing, the writer, has a wonderful grasp of character motivation and voice. Each character sounds different from the next, and they all seem genuine. Luke Cage is written like a dedicated father and husband and Victor Alvarez is written as a teenager with a chip on his shoulder, which is a good start. However, what makes it really great is that Cage talks like a guy who has been that kid before, and understands where he's coming from, with an almost wistful attitude about his youth; amazingly, Land actually sells this in his art, which surprised the heck out of me.
|That has got to be a nightmare to clean|
The last of the heroes introduced is a mystery character that presumably will eventually be adopting the Ronin identity, but has to borrow a costume from Spectrum's tailor for the battle against the enemy that brings the team together for the first time. He's still a mystery character, but he knows Spectrum, is a martial artist, and has hideous taste in costumes. I present to you:
|The new character find of the decade!|