Thursday, November 1, 2012
I was so excited about the big development in this issue that I didn’t notice how bare bones the plot is. The Earth bound Avengers head to the park, meet up with Wonder Man, and shrink. The lost Avenger fights a few nameless alien thugs. Then the two groups reunite. Not a lot here.
But I’ll tell you what, that reunion scene makes it all worth it. I loved seeing the lost Avenger greet the “away team” so warmly. I really appreciate that Bendis included Hank Pym in this group, he’s never done much with the character; giving him this moment is a nice touch. I can forgive the fact that this is all talking because the plot moves forward in such a pleasing way.
Just for the palpable sense of joy on Thor’s face, this is a triumph for Brandon Peterson’s art. He also draws the most voluptuous version of the returning Avenger that I’ve ever seen, but I suppose I’m OK with that. I also love Mike Mayhew’s pages too. I think I might scan the Sad Wonder Man panel and use it instead of my “Poor” ratings from now on!