by Spencer Irwin
This article will contain SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!
Avengers 672 opens with both the Avengers and the Champions having the same fight in two different places. A new satellite is about to reveal images either confirming or denying proof of the High Evolutionary’s Counter Earth, a planet sharing our orbit on the far side of the sun. Nova and Peter Parker have both been to the planet, but Amadeus and Wasp insist that it cannot exist because it would defy all laws of physics and throw off the balance of the entire solar system. Mark Waid and Jesus Saiz use this scenario — of two planets that cannot share the same orbit without causing destruction — to illustrate the problem facing both of these teams: they can’t be in the same place without tearing each other down.
Interestingly, there are still some solid bonds between the two teams — Peter and Miles and Amadeus and Hercules all get along famously — but the former members of the All-New, All Different Avengers are still dealing with the same tension that caused them to split in the first place, way back in the wake of Civil War II. I wish Waid would dig a bit more into those specific grievances, but for now, the culture clash between the adults and the teenagers is a simple and effective enough explanation for the hostility between the two teams.
Their conflict is best represented by the Vision and Viv, whose argument early in the issue leads to Vision deciding that it would be best for them not to work together in the field.
Like all the clashes between the two teams, it’s an issue that could probably be resolved if the two parties sat down and tried to calmly explain their situation and see the others’ side, but that’s something neither the Avengers nor the Champions seem to have the time or patience to do. Until they do, though, their partnership will remain a toxic one.
The meteor emerging from the supposed location of Counter Earth and the objects on Earth vibrating in and out of existence suggests that the High Evolutionary is losing control of whatever technology allows his Counter Earth to defy the laws of physics, and that it could very well lead to the end of everything we know. To win, the Avengers and Champions are going to have to figure out how to reconcile the two worlds, to find a way for both to peacefully coexist — but to do that, they’ll first have to do the same with their two teams.
The conversation doesn’t stop there. What do you wanna talk about from this issue?