by Nick Walden, CMRO Contributing Writer
The New Avengers
Written by Brian Michael Bendis, Art by Renato Guedes
Published: April 2012
Um hold on for a slight letdown people. I really liked how the last book was going but this one is suffering from a lesser bit of plot and drive to the action. But at least we have Storm showing why she is Avenger’s material! Oh wait. Bonk! Never mind she is out of action. Sigh. Maybe that was my biggest disappointment that started me off on the wrong foot. I wanted to see more Storm but she gets K.O.’d early.
What I do like is that the Avengers are getting taken out in smaller groups by Osborn who seems to be using his brain to use the proper chess moves with his minions to win. In this case the Vision is the Queen for the Avengers and he manages to get his behind off the board and avoid capture. We are missing a little more substance and punch leaving this as an action type issue. But as an action issue it does okay. Perhaps I am just suffering from high expectations.
For the art we have Renato Guedes stepping in and basically doing a 180 on the style. Guedes is more of a classic style a la Kirby. While his art is very solid and reminds me more of my 80′s intro into comics, it is a lot different so I am sure some fans will be turned off.
So I will put this book at a solid 7.5 out of 10 which is a little off the 8 from the last book. I still really like the series and after getting used to the art change I enjoyed it for what it was which is classical to me. I think Bendis has a solid idea of how he is going to get to the HAMMER war and it looks like we can reach it in a steady pace without cramming too much in at once.