Avengers 9 review


It’s becoming clearer that Jonathan Hickman is building up to something big in his Avengers series. He’s created several new characters that are capable of breaking entire worlds, a world gardener who may or may not be a powerful villain, and sentences resembling “the world is broken” are often spoken. Seeds are being planted throughout the narrative that are starting to build on each other. If his Fantastic Four run is anything to go by, terrible things are in the future for the Avengers. That said, it’s not all that enjoyable so far.

Hickman’s Avengers series is taking too long to get moving. Nearly half of this issue doesn’t even feature the Avengers, save for two entirely new characters. Even when they do show up, their only purpose is to contain those two characters after the storytelling was dealt with. There isn’t all that much character work in this issue, and none of it focuses on any pre-existing Avengers. You’d expect a series called Avengers to focus on the Avengers. This issue also begs the question, why did the Avengers leave Ex Nihlo and Abyss on Mars? Their presence is only causing them further difficulties.

Again, compare this to Hickman’s brilliant Fantastic Four series. Sure, the first chunk of the series had plenty of build-up, but there was both character development and payoff throughout the entire series. Each story arc functioned just fine on its own, while they still built up to a much larger story. Even in the middle of the epic climax, there was room for character development and humour.

The art on the other hand is very good. The environmental detail is always impressive, whether it’s the establishing shots of the worm infested beach or skyscrapers covered in shiny windows. Character costumes and facial expressions are easy to recognize, even in the chaotic battle that caps this issue off. The fight scene is easy to follow, and it’s made epic by the various energy blasts colliding all around.

If you’ve been enjoying Avengers so far, you’ll likely enjoy this. Personally, I’m quickly losing interest. I’m strongly considering dropping this for now and picking up Avengers Assembled instead. If I do that, I’ll still pay attention to Hickman’s Avengers, and may eventually pick up the rest of the series in paperback. I’ll wait until my cold is gone before I decide though.

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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 9 review

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  2. xmenxpert says:

    This is just too cold, too impersonal. There’s nowhere near enough character focus. It’s got big, bold ideas, heavy sci-fi concepts, but no reason to really care about any of it. On a side note, however, I wouldn’t mind seeing more of the new Alpha Flight shown in that one panel. I’m a sucker for Alpha Flight.

    As for Assemble, it’s a much more traditional Avengers book, with a classic Avengers feel. More character focus, though much smaller scope. I’ve been really digging it under DeConnick.


  3. Derek says:

    I’m with both of you. I’m ready to drop this, but the solicits for the upcoming issues tease at some sort of Flight cameo (be it Alpha/Beta/Gamma or Omega), so I’m going to stick around until then. And I’ll admit the New Universe stuff is fun.

    But it’s nothing like Hickman’s run on Fantastic Four. This series lacks the emotional core that was at the heart of that series.


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