After the Avengers disband in the aftermath of Avengers Disassembled, Electro leads a prison breakout at The Raft, a jail designed specifically to house Marvel’s most powerful villains. In the chaos, 42 villains escape, but, thanks to the intervention of Captain America, Luke Cage, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Daredevil, and Jessica Jones, many of them fail to leave the island. Captain America decides to reunite the Avengers using this new roster, and together they go out and try to get to the bottom of the breakout.

Brian Michael Bendis had some big expectations to meet with this opening arc on New Avengers, and he did it effortlessly. He combined action, character development, and an unpredictable plot into a modern comic book masterpiece that still had the flavor of the classic Avengers dynamics. And the hyper-detailed and electrifying art by David Finch complimented the wide-screen script perfectly.