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Preview: Avengers #688

Avengers #688

(W) Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub (A) Aaron Kim Jacinto, Stefano Casselli (CA) Mark Brooks
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 11, 2018
SRP: $3.99

THE AVENGERS WEEKLY EPIC CONTINUES!
NO SURRENDER Part 14
As the final battle for Earth begins, one Avenger will sacrifice everything to give his teammates a fighting chance.

Review: Avengers #685

The Avengers are in the fight of their lives trying to end the Hulk’s rampage, but nothing can stop the unstoppable. And when an Avenger betrays the team, can the rest of the heroes hope to survive?

Brutal is the best way to describe Avengers #685 which has the team fighting a rampaging Hulk. In his way is Rulk with a little help from some armor. Writers Mark Waid, Al Ewing, and Jim Zub create scenes and a flow that not only make feel like taking on the Hulk is an impossible task but also the results are devastating without crossing the line of killing someone. They make their point without going over the top and falling into traps that take the readers out of the story and paints things into a corner.

It’s an interesting issue with the team focused on this one obstacle but at the same time things also feel a little stretched out as Voyager decides what to do.

If this were a film, this would be a few minutes in a 2 hour length. It’s a small snippet that has the entire issue dedicated to it. There’s good in that it reintroduces the Hulk and makes his defeat seem impossible but it also stretches things out a bit too.

What’s really nice though is how the issue ends. Through all of the fists and destruction, there may be another way.

And all of that brutality is rendered beautifully by Paco Medina with ink by Juan Vlasco and color by Jesus Aburtov. There’s some fantastic sequences and quite a few that had me lingering on the page to soak in the battle and what was happening. There’s also some solid use of panels and page spreads. Add in lettering by Cory Petit that adds to that feeling desperation and chaos and you have an issue where the art and story match up so well.

As I said, if this were a movie, it’d be a sequence that was just a few minutes. But, visually we’d have our jaws dropped and shocked as to where things go. In comic form though, it feels a little drawn out but there’s some great dramatic effect. As part of the greater “No Surrender” storyline, it all feels great and adds to the epic nature of it all. This Avengers story continues to impress.

Story: Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub Art: Paco Medina
Ink: Juan Vlasco Color: Jesus Aburtov
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: Mark Brooks
Variant Cover: Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
Graphic Design: Carlos Lao
Editor: Tom Brevoort Assistant Editor: Alanna Smith
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.45 Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Avengers #685

Avengers #685

Story: Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub Art: Paco Medina
Ink: Juan Vlasco Color: Jesus Aburtov
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: Mark Brooks
Variant Cover: Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
Graphic Design: Carlos Lao
Editor: Tom Brevoort Assistant Editor: Alanna Smith
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 21, 2018
SRP: $3.99

NO SURRENDER Part 11
THE AVENGERS WEEKLY EPIC CONTINUES!
The Avengers are in the fight of their lives trying to end the Hulk’s rampage, but nothing can stop the unstoppable. And when an Avenger betrays the team, can the rest of the heroes hope to survive?

Review: Avengers #681

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Where we last left Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, various members scattered across the globe with one taking on the Lethal Legion and the other, the Black Order due to the two teams battling over a game between the Grandmaster and the Challenger and the game isn’t stopping anytime soon.

Continuing off where the last issue ended, there’s still plenty of action and intrigue to go around and it’s working for the most part save for a few minor hiccups. For one, Rogue killing Corvius Glave doesn’t seem to have much consequences aside from a few of the heroes being unnerved by the extreme action she took. Really, absorbing him amounted to her finding out what exactly is going on. It’s good that it served that purpose but I would have liked some more moments about Rogue killing one of the Black Order. Though you can argue she was justified for doing such given, you know, they’re using Earth as a battlefield for a sick game?

So between that and Synapse getting a thought reading on one of the Lethal Legion, everyone now knows what is even going on, so now the stakes are completely set, which is good! And we also get an idea for the origin of Voyager which in true sort of, Silver Age fashion, it was something of a total accident, not helped by the fact that said accident was motivated by her as a child not wanting to accept her parents getting a divorce and as she describes it, “[her powers] took away the pain.”

It still doesn’t technically explain how she knew the Avengers and was part of the history, maybe it’s just me and either writer of this book can explain it better to me. I mean, it’s not a bad origin, just that I don’t think I’ve fully grasped how is Voyager supposed to work in the greater context.

Despite that however, writers Jim Zub, Mark Waid, and Al Ewing still craft a solid issue with good character moments spread out. It’s an all out action brawl with small character moments this time around but it’s good action and they paced themselves quite well at it. As does the art by Kim Jacinto but this time with some assistance by Mike Perkins given the Voyager origin which gives it a nice aged feel to it which worked quite effectively.

Not much else to say except it’s a good issue to get things moving forward especially with the last couple of pages. If you’ve been enjoying this, keep reading it, it’s still a solid story.

 

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review