For my money, Brian Michael Bendis is the best writer Marvel has going for it since Brian K. Vaughan quit Runaways years ago. New Avengers #40, from the massive Secret Invasion epic, is overall a pretty fun read. It’s pencilled by Jim Cheung, who keeps his images crisp and puts in just the right amount of detail at a time when too many Marvel books are too shadowy and too murky. The colorist Justin Ponsor does a great job too, creating color schemes that apply to the entire page. For instance, some pages are done for the most in black and shades of purple, creating a stylized effect that’s cinematic in the right sense of the word.
Only a few pages into New Avengers #40, Reed Richards has his head blown off. As it turns out, Reed was a shapeshifting clone, and the real Reed is perfectly fine thousands of miles away. Marvel seems to love its fake-out deaths. Click here to read of a similar instance in Tales to Astonish #13.
Check out my review of the entire run of New Avengers from 2004-2010.