Avengers Academy 35 review

This is probably the best comic I’ve read this week, and that includes my usual favourite Uncanny X-Force. This is part 2 of the Final Exam storyline, where Jeremy Briggs is threatening to depower all of Earth’s superheroes. The Academy kids are split as to whether they agree with him or not.

This issue is full of great character moments. Every one of the Academy students has a moment of realization somewhere in this issue, and they’re all very well handled. On the side who agrees with Jeremy Briggs, Veil, Hazmat and Mettle are enjoying being normal again. However once they learn of the danger their friends are in, they are forced to make the most difficult decision of their lives. Saying how Striker deals with the situation would spoil the second half of the issue, but it’s great too.

For those who are fully against Jeremy Briggs, both White Tiger and Reptil are dealing with being separated from the magical artifacts that have long been fused to their bodies. It delves deep into White Tiger’s reasons for taking up her brother’s mantel – four panels of dialogue explore this enough to fill an entire issue. X-23 is experiencing dying for the first time as she’s being poisoned by the metal on her claws and dealing with injuries from a giant’s punch. Through this, she reflects on how all her victims might have felt in a way she never has before.

There are enough deep character moments in this issue alone to fill an entire story arc. Somehow, this issue still feels balanced and has enough space for several good fight scenes and further plot development. The only thing holding this issue back is the art. It’s not bad by any means, but there isn’t anything special about it either.

It’s a shame that Marvel recently announced the end of this series. It has consistently balanced its large cast well and is very good at exploring the mind of a troubled teenager. This is probably the best issue in the series so far (although I haven’t read the second paperback or the Fear Itself tie-ins yet). I highly recommend this issue and this entire series. While everything you need to know is on the recap page, I highly recommend that you find the previous issue as well. Hopefully all these kids (or at least those who survive this storyline) will have somewhere to go after this series ends.

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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - www.healed1337.blogspot.com As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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3 Responses to Avengers Academy 35 review

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  2. wwayne says:

    Unfortunately this series will end with the 39th issue.
    In the 90s some teen dramas like Beverly Hills 90210 and Dawson’s Creek had an enormous (and deeply deserved) success: this led to the creation of comics about young superheroes who were facing not only this villain or that, but also their youth problems. The best one definitely was Generation X, in my opinion: that marvellous comic book closed in 2001, and since then every similar title didn’t last more than a few years. Unfortunately, it seems that teen-drama-like comics are not a big thing anymore. The only one still surviving is Teen Titans, as far as I know – and, as chance would have it, the writer of Teen Titans is the creator of Generation X, Scott Lobdell. He’s simply born to write this particular genre of comics – in fact, Teen Titans is one of the best New 52 comics, along with Animal Man and Blue Beetle.


  3. healed1337 says:

    The problem seems to be that most Marvel titles starring characters created since the 80’s don’t seem to last very long. It’s a real shame since those are often among the better titles at the time. I haven’t read Generation X yet, but I probably will eventually. I have seen the hilariously bad TV movie based on it. I liked the New X-Men series that ended with Messiah Complex though.


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