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!