Friday, September 4, 2009

Avengers: The Initiative #27

Christos Gage is fantastic at delving into the obscure history of the Marvel U. This issue focuses on Johnny Guitar, a forgotten villain from Dazzler back in the 80s. Johnny is a very sympathetic character here; it is easy to identify with the guy's reasoning on how he fell down the path of becoming a super criminal. I particularly enjoyed that Johnny and Dr. Sax viewed the Trapster as a top-level criminal. That a low-rent whipping boy like Trapster could have guys looking up to him was great. Johnny's story has the predictable ending, but I loved how he removed his partner from the danger of being on the new Shadow Initiative. The Shadow Initiative is now a neat mix of low powered fodder like Johnny and the Ringer and a few competent but low-powered heroes like Bengal and Bat Boy.

I actually broke down and bought the Tigra cover for this issue. I didn't have any of the 70th Anniversary covers, but I wanted to have at least one. It came down to this or Hank Pym and I decided Tigra looked cooler. Her subplot in this title is going to be a lot of fun, especially since it doesn't seem Gage is going to have her killing anyone. She'll hand out well-justified beat-downs instead.

Rafa Sandoval's art is nice and detailed. He handles the multitude of heroes and villains very nicely. His faces can still be a bit lumpy, but he's getting better each issue.


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