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Review: Avengers #682

One Avenger will gamble everything to save thousands – and the odds aren’t in his favor! The Challenger reveals his ace in the hole, and Jarvis awakens from a mysterious coma long enough to cry four chilling words: “It’s all a lie!”

At the end of last issue the Avengers received some help in the form of Hawkeye (rocking his classic costume) and Red Wolf. The battle rages in Avengers #682, the latest entry in “No Surrender,” the Marvel event that brings together the various Avengers teams.

Writers Al Ewing, Jim Zub, and Mark Waid continue the action and don’t disappoint as the action flys around. What’s interesting though is the issue’s focus on Red Wolf. A lot of the issue is from his perspective as he attempts to figure out the situation and what the best steps are to take. While everyone else uses their abilities and muscles, Red Wolf uses his brains to figure out the next steps and the logic he works through is so much a “no duh.” In fact, Red Wolf’s action and reasoning for it is so simple it really makes the rest of the Avengers seem kind of idiotic in how they’re going about things.

The art by Sean Izaakse, color by David Curiel, and lettering by Cory Petit is fantastic as usual. There’s so much packed in on every page and there’s some interesting page layouts within. But, what’s really great is throughout all of the chaos, the issue really focuses on Red Wolf. Bouncing between his past and the present his figuring things out is laid out as much through the images as it is the dialogue and captions. The art adds so much to that character in depth, it’s impressive. The lettering too also creates the vibe of the scenes and emphasizes the chaos of it all.

Another fantastic entry in the series. One that again changes the narrative style a bit focusing in on one character despite all of the chaos. This event has been delivering and is keeping us excited to see what’s next!

Story: Al Ewing, Jim Zub, Mark Waid Art: Sean Izaakse
Color: David Curiel Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit Graphic Design: Carlos Lao
Editor: Tom Brevoort Assistant Editor: Alanna Smith
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review