Another Avenger — Avengers #5 Review

Another Avenger — Avengers #5 Review

The spotlight on Avengers #5 falls on the newest Smasher, Isabel “Izzy” Dare, whose origin story begins with her finding an organic construct out in the fields of her family’s farm. A former astronomy student who gave up schooling to help out on the farm, Dare helps out where she can and bridges the gap between her father and grandfather who are at odds with each other over the ethics of caging animals. Grandpa Dare would rather see his granddaughter living up to her potential as a scientist, but she can’t stand to see her loved ones suffer due to her inaction.

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The Sun Rises — Avengers #4 Review

The Sun Rises — Avengers #4 Review

In the aftermath of Ex Nihilo’s plans to change life on Earth, the Avengers are tasked with finding and locking down known impact sites to prevent spreading contamination and to keep interest groups out. In Japan, the Hand has already infiltrated one sector with no further news, and the governments of Canada and Australia have shuttered S.H.I.E.L.D.’s plans to help. The discovery of another impact site leads an Avengers squad headed by Captain Marvel and the Black Widow to the Savage Lands.

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Sudden Halt — Avengers #3 Review

Sudden Halt — Avengers #3 Review

Avengers #3 begins with a quick one-page recap for those hopping on board a little late for Marvel NOW!’s relaunch of the series. Reiterating the need for a larger team comprised of Earth’s mightiest heroes, issue #3 is a showcase for the team’s increasingly inclusive membership that’s now filled with more of Marvel’s superheroes, well-known and not.

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Answering the Call — Avengers #2 Review

Answering the Call — Avengers #2 Review

Origin stories get their spotlight in Avengers #2 as the bulk of the book is spent in different timelines defining the threat and the team designed to defeat it.

The main team, held captive by Ex Nihilo and his cohorts, learns about the Alephs, Nihilo’s mission to create higher forms of life according to his own vision, and his plans for Earth.

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To continue with last issue’s theme of escalation and the need for a broader team capable of facing larger threats, Avengers #2 follows Steve Rogers and Tony Stark in their recruitment drive. Wolverine, Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, Manifold, and several others get the nod to join the Avengers, and it’s a treat to see what it takes to motivate each of them to accept the invite. For Cannonball and Sunspot, the allure of being on a team of accepted heroes as opposed to aligning themselves with the controversial X-Men is more than enough to risk the dangers. For Spider-Woman, it’s a noble calling with great responsibility.

The characterization opens up plotlines and adds drama to the mix. Wolverine’s surly attitude plays backseat driver to Captain America’s drive to push forward and lead the team towards imminent danger. Ex Nihilo is still compelling — is it narcissism or purpose that drives him — and the main team’s quick defeat last issue has shown how powerful Nihilo’s small squad is. Will the larger team made up of ringers be enough to save Earth?

Jonathan Hickman’s scripting flows well, and the plotting is clear with steady sailing back and forth through all of the flashbacks interspersed throughout the book. Even with book’s focus on background and foundation, there’s still that pertinent sense of urgency that builds a stronger case for what’s yet to come. This book sets up the next issue for an epic battle pitting Ex Nihilo’s band against an untested team rushing headfirst into unknown territory.

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Jerome Opena’s artwork is not as strong with this issue, but don’t interpret that as saying his artwork isn’t beautiful, cinematically charged, and comic-forward. It seems like there’s a lot less action in this book, and Opena’s composition still makes things interesting though some of the facial expressions aren’t consistent with the rest of his work. Opena’s art is complimented by the color workings of Dean White, Justin Ponsor, and Morry Hollowell. Panels are toned and flushed with colors that convey a sense of mood while other panels have broad palettes of color. Visually striking, an action packed third issue could lead to high sales as people pick one issue up for reading and another to cut and paste panels onto a bulletin board.


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www.hypergeeky.comAvengers #2 (2012)
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Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Art: Jerome Opena
Colors: Dean White, Justin Ponsor, and Morry Hollowell
Letters: Cory Petit

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Astonishing Avengers — Avengers #1 Review

Astonishing Avengers — Avengers #1 Review

Avengers #1 starts the new series off with writing that aims for a deeper and grander story for Earth’s mightiest heroes.

Though the Avengers are led by Captain America who is the first and oldest of them all, credit for the team’s relevance into the present is given to Tony Stark — possibly because Marvel’s movie properties have garnered so much popularity and cash with Iron Man leading the way. Only a decade or so ago, Iron Man was a B-lister in Marvel’s universe, and the cinematic universe has propelled him to become Marvel’s poster child for both its movie and comic properties. It seems now that Stark and Rogers are on equal footing as co-leaders of the Avengers, and we find them chatting and discussing Avengers matters.

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