Far too often, comics as a medium are dismissed out of hand. It’s a ridiculous perspective, but one uninitiated individuals might possess because of their expectations for comics: outlandish stories, archetypal characters, and ridiculous situations. Naturally, there are plenty of comics that delve into intricate emotional issues, or present complicated and textured characters, tackling meaningful historical events and winning Pulitzer Prizes. Then, there are comics about giant monsters fighting giant robots. New Avengers #9 falls unapologetically into the latter category, and thank Godzilla for that, because it’s one hell of a lot of fun. Spoilers begin after the jump.
In the Marvel Comic Universe, Advanced Idea Mechanics (or A.I.M.) was an evil organization devoted to world domination through scientific and technological means. An offshoot of Marvel’s other evil organization, A.I.M. was Hydra’s science division until it split from Hydra over political reasons in the 1960’s. Over the decades since, the minions of A.I.M. have frequently donned their yellow protective suits and caused all sorts of pseudo-science related problems for our heroes, from mind control experiments on Mockingbird to the creation of both the Cosmic Cube and M.O.D.O.K. (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing – listen, these guys just love acronyms). While viewers of the MCU may recognize A.I.M. from Iron Man 3, where it was the organization founded by Aldrich Killian that developed Extremis, the new face of A.I.M. will surprise movie viewers and comic readers alike: with a new name and new stated purpose, A.I.M. has become the foundation for the New Avengers. Spoilers for New Avengers #8 begin after the jump.