Monday, June 20, 2011

Avengers Academy #15

Christos Gage works really hard to make this all feel like a big war, but frankly, so many people have died in recent Marvel events that I’m just not feeling it. Admittedly, I’m not reading Fear Itself until it comes out in trade (darn that $3.99 price tag), so I’m sure I’m missing something, but still.

Steve Rogers calls the Academy faculty out to New York to deal with escapees from the Raft. I spotted Quicksand, Flying Tiger, and one of the Ani-Men (Dragonfly?). I always love playing spot the villain in these big stories!

Left behind with the students, Tigra ends up having to lead them into Washington DC where the city is under attack by Sin, who now looks like the Red Skull (dang, I’m reading Cap in trades too!) There are some great moments in this sequence, where the kids get to show off their heroics. Striker shows off his new powers, and Mettle gets his first kill. I don’t think Tigra has ever had this much time in the spotlight either, and I’m enjoying it.

Tom Raney’s work is solid, but his last page is tremendous. Giant Man shows up in Dubai to take on the hammer-wielding Absorbing Man and Titania. Crusher Creel is thrilled to see his old nemesis and lets out a resounding “PYM!” I can’t wait for next month!



David Charles Bitterbaum said...

You mention in this review you are waiting for the Trade of "Fear Itself" and my advice to you (based upon reading the first 3 issues) is this: Don't bother. As in, don't bother picking up the trade for purchase as it has been pretty mediocre and you could probably just read a summary on the internet or flip through it at the bookstore or library. It's sad when the tie-in comics are better than the main event.

Timbotron said...

Aw man, but I LOVE Stuart Immonen's artwork. He's definitely one of my top five artists. I've found Fraction's work to be slow in the monthly format, but pretty solid in trades. You don't think that will work?

David Charles Bitterbaum said...

The art is what makes me at least enjoy the series some. I guess you can pick it up expecting the art to st least be stellar. Just be ready for a mediocre story.