This issue was absolutely fantastic! I know I've mentioned it before in my other New Avengers reviews, but it is funny that similar events are happening in both the Marvel and DC universes. The incursions that are occurring in the Marvel universe almost parallel the events occurring in the DC universe with the clashes of different/parallel universes. Both story lines are interesting and fun to read, however, this current story line with the Great Society has been extremely fun.
In this issue the Illuminati (New Avengers) and the Great Society finally meet. I love how Hickman writes the Great Society. They are everything the pre-New 52 JSA and JLA were. They have that iconic heroism about them of the super heroes of old. It's funny that even in the Marvel Universe, the "DC" superheroes are still better than (some) of their own heroes. Having said that, the Great Society is (in my opinion) better than what we've seen from most DC heroes in present times. Case in point below, Sun God being more Superman-y than the New 52 Superman:
That line is so pre-New 52 Superman. Also, the Rider was much more like Batman in his confrontation of the Illuminati, I can totally see Bruce Wayne in him. It was great. The Norn, was involved, mystical, and so very awesome:
The art work in this issue was also fantastic. Love this close up of the Norn's helm with the pronounced ankh:
If you were waiting for the final showdown between the Great Society and the Illuminati in this issue you might be disappointed. Much of the issue is a dialogue between the two groups trying to figure out a way to save both of their Earths, feeling each other out and posturing back and forth. It is not until Namor decides to take action that all hell breaks loose and we are left with the cliff hanger below:
Looks like the final battle between the two superhero teams will be taking place next issue, and as much as I'd like the Great Society to be victorious we all know that their fate has been written in the cards a long time ago. I really fell in love with these characters over just a few issues, and hope that somewhere along the lines they will be returning. Looking forward to the next issue but I gotta say I really enjoyed New Avengers #19. Highly recommend it to everyone.