by Nick Walden, CMRO Contributing Writer
Written by Brian Michael Bendis, Art by Terry Dodson
Published: January 2013
re we still in the microverse? It feels like we have been here forever. So this story is turning into a classic Avengers romp with lots of action, a few Bendis quips, and generally a feeling of ‘no worries, we got this’. Obviously with the Wasp back and NOW about to launch nobody is getting whacked. In one sense that takes some of the drama out of the issue. But if you sit back and relax it is still a fun ride.
We have action, action, and more action. The Avengers adjust to the microverse, Janet gives the standard reply to why she isn’t dead, and Tony Stark blows stuff up. This is a very upbeat and happy story. While the major villain is a bit comical (at least if you saw the original Tron), he still provides to be bad enough to challenge the team. You can just feel it in the dialogue that Brian Bendis is having fun here as his finishes out his run. While New Avengers is going to be his big finale and is a bit dark, this shows his lighter side.
The art is interesting from Terry and Rachel Dodson. It was good work across the board, but not my personal favorite. I just didn’t really like the flow and coloring as much. But that is my personal feeling; otherwise the overall level of work was just fine and matched the tone of the story well.
Let’s go out with a solid 9 out of 10 here. No real glaring issues, it is fun and feels kinda right. If you don’t remember that Bendis is leaving it makes it a little easier and less sad. It will be a shame when he does something else as he is a creative talent who isn’t afraid to get dark and dirty if a story needs it and I think the Avengers could use more of that.