by Nick Walden, CMRO Contributing Writer
Written by Christos Gage, Art by Tom Raney, Jeromy Cox, and Scott Hana
Published: October 2011
I feel a bit let down by this issue. The previous book was fast paced with a lot of fighting going on. The brakes really got pressed hard for this one as the story development was a bit more of the focus. The young Avengers are still involved in the Fear Itself crossover and this issue was trying to tie a few storylines together, but I think it was just a bit too much talking and not enough doing.
The merry-go-round of artists continues in this series with Tom Raney taking the lead on pencils for this episode. I am a bit torn in reviewing his work. On one hand there are a few amazing scenes with the Absorbing Man where I just said, “Awesome”. But other scenes, particularly when our heroes stood around talking, were a bit flat. Overall it was a good effort but with his skill it could have been a lot better. I wish he was allotted more time for his work. There was solid work with the coloring for very vibrant scenes as they traveled between the universes.
Gage hopefully has a good idea of where the story is going. With the Fear Itself crossover almost done he had to disengage Titania and the Absorbing man as well as bring the instructors back to the fray but I was excited but then disappointed at how the scenes unfolded. The saving grace was the unexpected ending which has me curious for the next issue. It is fun to have different artists on board with relatively new characters as they “find themselves”.