by Nick Walden, CMRO Contributing Writer
Written by Christos Gage, Art by Timothy Green
Published: September 2012
This is a great comic. The story is action packed but also very emotional with a lot happening from cover to cover. But will this be the end? Hopefully not as Christos Gage and Timothy Green have formed a really good team and this book keeps exciting me with the way the stories are being told and drawn.
The big point in this issue is Emma Frost versus the Sentinel. Juston tries to stop evil Emma from hurting his only friend and nobody wants to help that would really be able to turn the tide but the students end up teaming up to help one of their own. There was a lot of drama in this issue and Gage did a great job matching the story with action as to not bloat down either side. The story is just good without being too much or even having any noticeable A vs. X interaction.
Timothy Green has impressed me with his pencil work in this issue and the last. I like his style and the way he draws certain details such as the Sentinel. While some might few his work differently, I really feel it matches the tone of the Academy well because this series itself is a different style than the Mighty Avengers. It is hard to put in words, but it just works well for me.
This book hit another high note for me with a great 9 out of 10. The only possible issue I have is what is going to happen to the Academy. The end of the book was a bit abrupt with Hank Pym and Tigra giving the kids some very shocking news. That would be a shame as I think there is something special here that deserves more life and issues based on how it is currently going with the cast and plots.