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Friday September 20, 2013 MYT 9:03:41 AM
ANOTHER Avengers title? Doesn’t Marvel publish, like, a thousand other books with “Avengers” in the title already? At last count, they already had (deep breath) Avengers, Secret Avengers, Uncanny Avengers, New Avengers, Avengers AI, Young Avengers, Avengers Arena and Avengers Assemble in their current lineup.
Well, here’s another one featuring the World’s Mightiest Heroes (though at this rate, there won’t be anyone left as Earth’s-not-as-mighty-heroes) – Mighty Avengers.
Tying in with the ongoing Infinity event, which sees the original Avengers team (the one with no adjectives) heading to deep space to fend off the world-killing Builders, this new title focuses on the battle on Earth against Thanos.
You see, the blue-skinned Titan has set his sights on destroying this insignificant little planet that has given him so much trouble in the past, and according to him “has no Avengers”.
Well, think again, big blue man, because the adjective-free Avengers may be out of reach, but that doesn’t mean that there are no Avengers around.
While Mighty Avengers happily sees the return of Luke Cage as the leader of a new Avengers team, the first issue doesn’t exactly start out that way. After quitting the Avengers to take care of his family, Cage has decided to restart his old Heroes For Hire business, roping in teenage heroes and former Avengers Academy students White Tiger and the new Power Man (Cage being the old Power Man).
Before you can say “Sweet Christmas!” the team is already falling apart before it even begins, with Spider-Man (still the “superior” Otto Octavius version, I’m afraid) showing up and convincing White Tiger to leave Cage’s “band of mercenaries”.
On the other side of town, former Captain Marvel/Photon/Pulsar Monica Rambeau apprehends a B-list villain called Blue Streak, and reveals that she is now called Spectrum.
So far, so easy to understand, but then of course, DISASTER STRIKES! Thanos’ henchman Proxima Midnight shows up in New York (because every self-respecting alien invader knows New York is where you should always start your invasion) and starts destroying stuff and killing people.
So of course our heroes have to do something – and the Mighty Avengers are born, consisting of Cage, Spectrum, Spider-man and the, er ... Splendiferous Spider Hero (don’t ask)!
Writer Al Ewing does a great job of keeping the tone light throughout the title, which is a huge change from the serious doom and gloom of most of the other Avengers/Infinity tie-ins. Cage has always been one of the most charismatic characters in the Avengers roster, and having him and the pompous Spider-Ock on the same team should yield some entertaining results.
Though Specrum’s presence left me a little cold, it should be interesting to see who that mysterious “Spider Hero” guy is (well, he’s supposed to be the new Ronin, but who is the new Ronin anyway?). All in all, a solid debut issue by Ewing.
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of Greg Land’s art. It doesn’t matter if it is a fight scene or a quiet chat in a cafe – Land draws the characters as if they are posing for the cover of a fashion magazine in every single panel. And don’t get me started on their expressions; some of the characters’ eyes and smiles look about as fake and soulless as Tom Hanks’ performance-captured characters in The Polar Express.
Fortunately, Ewing’s story and writing are good enough to give Luke Cage and his team a reasonably good start, and helps to distract from the weak art. With She-Hulk, Blue Marvel and The Falcon also joining in the future, the title does have some mighty fine potential. I just wish they had gotten someone else to draw the darn book instead.
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