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Review: Champions #13

The titanic clash between the Champions and the Avengers continues! Since they were old enough to say the word “Avengers,” the Champions have idolized Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Now the two teams are on equal footing – and the Champs must walk the walk alongside their former mentors! Will their experiences in GENERATIONS help them – or tear the two teams apart?

Champions #13 is the second part to the “Worlds Collide” storyline that began in Avengers #672 and the second issue is a bit more focused on the action and teamwork than how folks get along. Written by Mark Waid the issue isn’t bad but much like the previous story arc issue, there isn’t something that really excites me. The issue isn’t bad at all and is a fun read but it’s not quite exciting enough to get me to really look forward to what’s next. It’s a perfectly entertaining read though.

The various folks need to head around the world to deal with the vibrations going on and there’s some good interactions there. The “you’re a junior Avenger” is gone and instead this is power sets being used together type stuff. We also get a little bit more of the major issue as… well I don’t want to ruin it, but it also feels like we’ve seen this all before with the whole “incursions” that led up to Secret Wars. So, the story feels a little familiar.

There is some really good in the issue in that Waid explores the relationship of Viv and the Vision and along with some of the other interactions there’s a decent injection of humor through all of the action.

The art by Humberto Ramos is pretty solid as would be expected by him. There’s some panels where there’s a lot going on and things are a little muddled but generally I’m a huge fan of the style. Ramos’ style adds to the energy of it all and is great to look at.

Writer Robbie Thompson and artist Alberto Alburquerque provide a back-up story catching folks up on the Champions history and the art is a little blah compared to Ramos’ It’s still a good way to catch up on the history in the big picture view of it all.

The issue is entertaining and while it didn’t blow me away, it was fun enough to have me come back to read what comes next.

Story: Mark Waid and Robbie Thompson Art: Humberto Ramos and Alberto Alburquerque
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review