The first issue of Avengers Mech Strike features Earth Mightiest Heroes based on elements reminiscent of the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime.

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The Avengers have faced some incredible threats throughout their long and storied history on the comic book page, but the most recent might be the strangest yet. From some unknown region, a new generation of massive techno-organic monsters has arrived on Earth without warning. Although only one of these towering beasts has been seen so far, the Avengers are almost certain more are on the way.

And to deal with these threats, Iron Man and Black Panther have prepared a new approach in Avengers Mech # 1, and his situation and solution bears a surprising amount of similarities to the iconic Neon Genesis Evangelion anime.

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When monstrous masses of metal and flesh begin to wreak havoc throughout the city, heavyweights like Captain Marvel, Thor, and the Hulk do their best to take down the monster, Spider-Man, Captain America and the others catch up to so many civilians. to the security they can. The Hulk unleashes a brutal beating on the monster, while Black Panther tells the rest of the team that the threat seems to consume anything it can get its claws into, from cars to buildings, and everything is making the creature grow bigger. Not only is it consuming the debris around it, the creature is also harnessing the energy with which they have been hitting it, including the gamma radiation the Hulk emits, nearly draining the angriest Avenger of all he has left.

Only through quick thinking on T’Challa’s part can the Avengers save the day. Black Panther literally lets himself be consumed by the creature as his teammates continue to fight outside. Although the experience nearly killed him, Black Panther’s hypothesis that the creature could not consume vibranium proved correct, and was able to put a gruesome end to the battle.

The grotesque and malformed nature of what the Avengers just fought doesn’t look like much of anything in particular, but his hideous face, unusual shape, and seemingly senseless consumption of everything and everyone around him are reminiscent of the Angels of Neon Genesis Evangelion. In fact, Avengers: Mech Strike It has apparently led the team to its own version of that particular series in more ways than one.

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Neon Genesis Evangelionwhich originally ran from 1995 to 1996, showed a world devastated by a race of monstrous creatures known as Angels. To combat these incredible horrors, a special military organization NERV has developed its own towering techno-organic machines called Evangelion. These EVAs resemble huge robots, but are actually living creatures that their pilots are in sync with, most often adapted in magnificent and terrifying ways to their pilots and their individual strengths.

The idea is not lost on Iron Man, who has done much the same thing by creating a new series of power armor, each suit tailored to its pilot and his particular abilities. T’Challa has also lent his trademark twist to the process, ensuring that all suits are outfitted with a vibranium coating that should make them inedible to whatever this new foe may be.

Neon Genesis Evangelion eventually ended up in philosophical territory much deeper than giant robots fighting giant monsters could accurately summarize, and although Avengers: Mech Strike It is unlikely that he will follow in his footsteps so closely, he is still preparing his robotic heroes for a fight with some creatures beyond imagination.

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