by Nick Walden, CMRO Contributing Writer
Written by Christos Gage, Art by Karl Moline
Published: June 2012
Anarchy! At first everything seems to be all sweet and mellow between the Junior Avengers and the Runaways. Then Hank Pym sticks his foot in his mouth and it’s time for, “Let’s get readdddyyyy to ruuuuummmmmmbleee!” Of course this is cool and expected because when you get that many young superheroes in the same room you want to see them throw down!
Too bad the fight is short lived. But at least in the issue Christos Gage did much better in meshing action, characters, and plot. Reading his books is really like being on a yo-yo. I didn’t like the last issue at all but this one is a lot better. Really what is going on in this issue is stabilizing the story and characters tolead up to the Avengers versus X-Men showdown. Plus Gage adds a little teaser in the middle for future books. Overall I liked how he handled things as now I feel like the Junior Avengers and Runaways are more poised to have some impact in the upcoming conflict.
The art was solid again from Karl Moline. He is only here for this 2 book interlude but the job was nice. He was light and easy which was a good tone for this type of middle-adjustment story. Next book Tom Grummett will be back and that is great because Tom’s work is good too. No complaints either way!
Overall this book rated a solid 8 out of 10. There are some important pieces involved here to set up future issues so if you follow this line it is a must read. For the casual reader there are a few spots that can be hard to follow because they tie to older moments. But it is still a good read and nice starting point if you are going to add this book to your rotation.