We follow the members of the now-broken Illuminati through their last day on Earth.
Published: August 20, 2014
Rating: Rated T+
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
“New Avengers” is stuck in a story line that’s run for 23 issues now. Let’s review what’s happening in the 616 universe. Parallel earths are converging upon one another. When the earths touch (or converge) the two universes belonging to that earth cease to exist. So far the 656 universe has managed to survive, but there would come a day when the Illuminati (Mr. Fantastic, Tony Stark, Black Panther, Black Bolt, Dr. Strange, Hulk, Beast and Namor) knew that they would have to use the earth killing bombs they created several issues ago.
Last issue, the Illuminati finally set off the bomb. The earth they destroyed had their own Avengers-like team and the Illuminati went to a dark place to defeat that earth’s team of heroes and it was Namor that ultimately pulled the trigger and destroyed the other earth.
In issue 23, the Illuminati find they can no longer destroy earths or it would destroy themselves as human beings. In dramatic fashion another earth is ready converge with the 616. Knowing that they could no longer destroy another earth, the Illuminati decides to let the convergence happen.
With the impending destruction of the earth, we get a brief glimpse into the lives of the individual member and see what they would do at the last minutes of their lives. Reed Richards makes an unwelcome visit to his family in Latvaria. Tony Stark finds solace in his only friend… Alcohol. And, Black Panther is haunted by the ghost of his father and found a failure.
With moments before the 616 earth is destroyed…nothing happens. Was this “end of the world a farce?” Was the idea of the convergence massive destruction…a theory? Did the Illuminate destroy another earth for no reason at all?
Or did someone else just set off a bomb and destroy the other earth?