Review: Avengers: Tech-On #1
Marvel over recent years has been launching interesting licensing agreements that have seen their classic characters reimagined in other ways. There was a deal with Bandai that had characters given a Samurai spin. Most recently, superheroes armored up with mechs they could pilot. Now, we get another version, with collectible figure tie-in, that has the Avengers getting Iron Man-like armor. Avengers: Tech-On #1 delivers a fun start that feels part manga, part Saturday Morning Cartoon, and part kid playing with their toys.
Written by Jim Zub, Avengers: Tech-On #1 has the avengers facing a powerful Red Skull who has taken dust from the Infinity Stones and harnessed their power. Outmatched, the Avengers must look for solutions to win the day.
Zub delivers a fun and entertaining start that can be enjoyed by long-time fans and new readers. While similar in concept to the recent “mech” miniseries (both using tech suits to win) the style is far different. Zub blends an American style of storytelling with manga for a combination that feels like it’s an homage in some ways. There’s some solid dynamic moments of action but Zub also makes sure to deliver heart as well.
Where the comic stands out is its subtle exploration of what each hero brings and what they stand for in some ways. We’re reminded of their most basic being in many ways as they’re forced to deal with what the Red Skull has done. And, while exploring that, Zub emphasizes what makes many of these characters so special and what also makes them special even without their powers, technology, or weapons.
The art by Jeffrey Cruz takes inspiration from manga but doesn’t attempt to recreate the style completely. It honors the over-the-top moments at times but also keeps the comic squarely in a Western style as well. With lettering from Travis Lanham, the art and style of Avengers: Tech-On #1 pops. It captures the vibe and energy that Zub goes for in his story. The character designs as well really stand out. Red Skull powered up looks like a character straight out of manga. The designs for the characters as the story progresses is fantastic as well.
Avengers: Tech-On #1 is a fun comic. There’s a popcorn entertainment aspect to it that it leans in to. While it’s clearly a tie-in to a toy line, it still delivers a lot of heart and emotion and remembers the characters are what’s important. Add in some solid artwork, this is a series that screams summer enjoyment.
Story: Jim Zub Art: Jeffrey Cruz Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy
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