by Nick Walden, CMRO Contributing Writer
Written by Christos Gage, Art by Tom Grummett
Published: January 2013
This last month or so of reading Marvel comics has been pretty slow-paced and uneventful. As all of these series wrap up to re-launch in the new NOW universe that means no big shocks or changes. Everyone lives and nobody becomes horrible scarred.
After the big crossover it is an acceptable approach but after reading so many series wrap ups it gets redundant. I will give Christos Gage credit here; the Avengers Academy turned out to be a very solid run. He took the kids that weren’t future stars, but potential problem children, and delved right into what made them tick. He created plenty of relationships, explored growth, and did well to deliver a great tone about how it must be to grow up with powers and not understand where their place is in the world. By that same token he does a very nice graduation wrap-up issue. It actually makes me wish that Gage had control over this ‘team’ in the future.
But alas it seems that the group will head off into the universe into other comic opportunities. The future stories that Gage could bring out will hopefully be brought out by another.
The art has been tremendously solid by Tom Grummett and I was very glad he finished out the run. His style is a bit old school and I will keep saying how well it meshes with younger characters who are not overblown with their powers yet. He does a nice job displaying emotion and solid work all across the board for so many issues.
This issue rated a very solid 8.5 out of 10. Regardless of my overall feeling of being sick of wrap-ups, Gage did a very nice job wrapping this series up and deserves credit for that. If you have been following this series then this issue is a proper send off.