Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Mike Deodato
Colorer: Rain Beredo
Letterer: VC's Joe Caramagna
Publisher: Marvel Comics (Dan Buckley)
Release Date: September 12th, 2012
I have to state once again that if you didn't read Avengers vs X-Men Round 11 you may want to back away from this review for now. I HAVE to mention something that happened in AvX to successfully discuss this comic.
Everyone who doesn't want to be here gone? Good...
This issue picks up right after The Avengers grab the now powered down Emma Frost. We get a decent idea relatively quickly into this issue how people outside of the giant battle are handling mutants.
There is a run-in with an anti-mutant group that is heavily armed and ready to kill any mutant and any mutant sympathizer and the members of The New Avengers want nothing to do with that. With Luke Cage, Daredevil, The Thing, and Mockingbird fighting to defend their new captive they are able to subdue the group with little damage (Luke Cage does get shot up a bit).
That isn't the important stuff though. The ongoing struggle in Luke Cage's mind about his new child and his choice between being an Avenger or being a good father battles him during this issue. Finally, within the last pages of the comic Luke Cage comes up with his final decision....
Bendis has done such a great job with New Avengers that it is hard to think that he is leaving the title after AvX. It really helps give me high hopes for The All-New X-Men which is right around the corner that he is writing. I give this issue a 10/10; good art, humanization of Cage and some really nice fight moments.