Just this review on tap for tonight, as I continue to try to shake the vacation doldrums. I think I'll probably post my Comic Gazing post tomorrow night(instead of Wednesday)and try to get a couple of reviews up for Wednesday and Thursday night. It's not as if I'm NOT reading anything, I've just been too lazy to post reviews... Anyway, let's get to the one review I did manage to type up today.
Avengers #1 Writer: BENDIS! Pencils: John Romita Jr.(!)
Review: This issue opens up somewhere in the not-so-distant future where the children of the current Avengers wind up killing Immortus(who is the older version of Kang the Conqueror by the way). Back in the present, Capt. Rogers(the new head of HAMMER/SHIELD)tells the Avengers that he needs them to step up to the plate and be the Earth's Mightiest Heroes once more. All of the heroes Cap talks to seem quite happy to help out, with the glaring exception of Wonder Man, who tells Cap that re-assembling the Avengers is a horrible idea. After Cap rallies the troops, he calls Thor, Spider-Man, Hawkeye, Wolverine, Captain America(Bucky), Spider-Woman, and Iron Man to Avengers Tower to become the newest incarnation of the Avengers. Cap also brings Maria Hill in and announces that she'll be responsible for the running of the team. Everybody then babbles for a while, until Kang the Conqueror(thankfully)interrupts. Kang tries to give the team a warning, but Thor will hear none of it, and knocks Kang out the window. The heroes follow Kang, and he threatens them with a Dark Matter Accelerator, which would destroy the entire city of New York. Kang explains that he only wants to talk, and he recounts to them the way their futuristic off-spring would be responsible for killing his older Immortus self. Kang then heads back into the timestream, but not before he warns the heroes to do something about their ilk before he returns and detonates his Dark Matter Accelerator. The heroes stand around debating what they should do in order to get to the future to see what their offspring had done, and we end things here with Kang heading to an old version of the Hulk(possibly the Maestro), promising the Old Hulk that the heroes were on their way.
What I Thought: Hmm... Well, first things first, the good. I'm a sucker for alternate reality/futuristic storylines, so I definitely enjoy the premise here. Especially with the involvement of the younger Avengers from the future and the arrival of Kang, who I've always(kind of)liked. Plus, for the first time in a long time, we FINALLY have the return of the classic, real Avengers(plus Spider-Man and Wolverine...)! So that's the stuff that I really enjoyed. Unfortunately, BENDIS's horrible dialogue ruined a lot of this comic for me... Ugh! The scan that I'm posting with this review pretty much shows exactly what my problem was with this issue. All BENDIS really had to get across here was that Iron Man wasn't sure about working with Cap again, in light of the whole Civil War debacle. Instead, we get Iron Man babbling for a while, Hawkeye and Spider-Man wasting a bunch of space, and Wolverine and Spider-Woman stretching some simple banter into an unnecessarily long conversation... Why not just have Spider-Woman question her place on the team and Wolverine simply respond that she had all ready earned her place, or that Cap had hand-chosen her? Instead we get a long, agonizing spiel that doesn't really add anything to the story or characters... I really wish BENDIS would realize that sometimes less is more... So this re-re-re-reboot of the Avengers was a bit of a mixed bag for me; good art, a good story but horrid dialogue. Here's hoping next issue is more action packed, with less verbiage.
Score: 7 out of 10.Blah blah blah blah......