Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Mighty Avengers #36

Even though this was a good issue, I'm a tad disappointed. I had really been hoping that Dan Slott would bring back the Wasp in his last issue of the series, but he doesn't. He plants some seeds to set up an eventual return, but it seems we'll have to wait until a bit closer to the Avengers movie for Marvel to realize that the Wasp could be one of their most popular heroines.

The issue does deliver some great mad scientist Pym behavior as he faces off against his crazy "son" Ultron-Pym. And as Slott promised, he gives us a wedding too as Jocasta gets hitched, just not to who we might have expected. I'm happy that even with her somewhat written out of the book there is a logical reason given that she could still show up around the Marvel U. English guest-stars Blackjack don't get a lot to do besides helping Pym pull over a few tricks on Ultron, and to be honest it feels a bit weird seeing Pym having to team with them against Ultron. The rest of the team is too busy showing up in Siege and Thunderbolts to help. It looks like there will be some sort of showdown with Loki and Sentry in the last issue of Siege, so that is something to look forward to. I'm unhappy that US Agent gets taken out by Scourge, too, but in comics, losing an arm isn't a showstopper. There are robotic limbs lying on street corners to get US Agent back into the game.

It's time for us to follow Hank Pym over to Avengers Academy, his new home (along with Quicksilver). I'll still hope that Wasp can show up there, but I guess her return will have to be featured in another book.

Khoi Pham's art is starting to look a bit rushed again. I really think he struggles with a monthly deadline. Some stuff looks good, like Ultron and Pym himself, but Jocasta often looks too sketchy.


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