Two reviews up tonight. The first comic book released in 2012 that I'll be reviewing? My favorite comic book series from 2011, Avengers Academy... That actually works out really well. Let's see if Christos Gage and company can continue making this book my favorite current series.
Avengers Academy #24:
Summary: Reptil(who is actually an older version of Reptil in the body of his younger self) goes about assisting Hybrid, who is, you guessed it, a Dire Wraith/human hybrid, in capturing members of the Avengers Academy student body and staff. Older Reptil's reasons for doing this are to make certain that his future occurs, a future where he has a daughter with Finesse. As such, Reptil sends the staff and students that aren't needed to make his future occur into Hybrid's trap. After luring several members of the Academy into Hybrid's room(at times rather humorously), Reptil approaches White Tiger. The two talk for a while and Reptil leads her into Hybrid's room as he did the rest. However, Hybrid isn't able to drain White Tiger's power due to her magic amulet, and as such tells Reptil to kill her himself. Reptil is prepared to do just that, until the glimmer of the hero he used to be shines through and he decides to rebel against Hybrid by setting off the alarms. Unfortunately for Reptil, Hybrid has been gorging himself with energy and easily defeats both Reptil and White Tiger, possessing several of the Academy staff and students and then sending the possessed heroes after the Avengers who were responding to the alarms.
More Summary!There were a few other little things in this issue that I didn't mention in the summary since I couldn't find a place for them, so I'll add them here... Tigra revealed that she sent her son to spend some time with the Cat People, so he'd better control his duel cat/human(/Skrull?) impulses. We also had Pym telling Hawkeye that while he had repaired the physical damage to Jocasta's body, he was unable to find any back-up personalities for her, meaning the person/thing responsible for the attack on Jocasta not only destroyed her body, but also destroyed her memory banks. Hawkeye immediately figures it was Ultron, while Pym ponders that maybe it could have been himself...
Thoughts: Absolutely no complaints here. Well, I guess I had a few MINOR complaints, but they were, as I stated, minor. First, there should have been a bit more Hawkeye in this issue. Second, it was odd after the big revelation with Striker that he wasn't showcased more here. Third, the Hybrid story is moving along at a REALLY brisk pace... Seriously, I figure it'll be over in two issues tops, which is kind of surprising because it seemed like the type of storyline that could have been dragged out for quite some time(6-12 issues). Other than those two minor quibbles though? This issue was all good. It basically dealt with older Reptil tricking people into going to Hybrid's room, and had a horror movie-esque feel to it. You know the kind, where you're yelling at the screen for the character NOT to enter the dark barn where the murderer is hiding, but they do anyway... This issue brought the Hybrid story to a head already, which should bring the future Reptil story to a head next. On top of that, there's still the mystery of who attacked Jocasta, especially since the attack was so thorough. It's nice to see a series where the stories are all laid out so plainly and logically. Um, I don't really know what more to say. I'll be eagerly awaiting the next issue of this series(as usual). 2012 has started off well.
Score: 8 1/2 out of 10.Blasted evil hybrid alien monsters!