By Dante’ Maddox
|One thing that hampered the Mighty Avengers books has got a lot to do with the timing of events that take place in the book, and how everything seems to be out of step with what everyone else has going on.|
Some might find this frustrating, but after a while I grew to appreciate the way Brian Michael Bendis decided to go about telling this particular part of the story. The Mighty Avengers team is Tony Starks attempt to recapture the magic that Avenger teams of the past have had. With Luke Cage and his team still out there fighting the good fight he’s got to do something besides run S.H.I.E.L.D. into the ground.
All jokes aside, this issue of Mighty Avengers works to fill you the reader in on the other half of the big story of 2008, the Secret Invasion. We already read that the New Avengers found out that Electra had been replaced by a Skrull, but now what we’re finding out is how we got from there to the final issue of New Avengers: Illuminati where the Skrulls reveal themselves in earnest. Some might question the necessity to tell this story from multiple angles, and I’ll admit the repetition has me scratching my head at times too, but something about the way things have developed tells me that Bendis is going to milk this mystery for all its worth, there are too many things that ‘seem’ obvious for him not to be planning something completely surprising.
I also really liked seeing Spider-Woman’s motives become a little clearer, she didn’t look so hot the last time we see her with Logan’s team. Like the rest of you I’ve been keeping an eye on how just about every other major story is coming along (Messiah Complex, Emperor Vulcan, Annihilation) and it looks like most of those stories might wrap in time for this story to completely take over. If that’s the case, then maybe all this back tracking is necessary due to how big this story could potentially be. There are a lot of things to consider with this crisis after all.
When you think about it, this is a ‘new look’ Marvel comics at the moment, and will therefore be the first time a lot of the new faces are seen together. We have a brand new Cap, a hyper roided Thor, Hulks Red and not Bruce Banner, half the mutants on the planet are dead or worse, and we have ‘new’ New Warriors etc. This big event will give Marvel a chance to put their new roster through their paces and see what they really have to work with. Be there friends, it should be pretty exciting.
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Mark Bagley
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
CraveOnline Rating: 5 out of 10