Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Avengers Assemble #4

I’m torn. I love the Guardians of the Galaxy, I really like Thanos, and I want to support Bendis when he writes a slam-bang action comic. But this is only decent; it’s not a fantastic example of a Guardians, Thanos, or action book.

Part of the problem is the artificial constraint of keeping the team exactly like the movie line-up. It just doesn’t make sense that the Avengers couldn’t call in a bit more help to protect the Ultimate Nullifier from the new Zodiac. Of course, the team already sounds like very, very similar dialogue-wise, so I’m not sure adding more characters is the right fix. I mean, Hawkeye serves absolutely no purpose in this book at all. Black Widow is just there to run around.

The Zodiac itself has a whole lot of potential, but I’m going to need to see some individual personalities from the members. In the old days, there were always two or three members who stood out from the rest, both in look and dialogue. This incarnation looks fantastic (designed by Mark Bagley, of course they do!) but they all sound exactly the same.

Bagley does a great job drawing the new Zodiac. The designs are clear and the cosmic nature of the powers shines through. He also does a great job with Thanos. He’s got a great, iconic look anyway, but watching Thanos dominate the Hulk really drives home his level of power. It’s pretty great seeing Hulk whup up on his teammates too.


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