Wednesday, May 2, 2018

New Comic Review - Avengers #1

Name - Avengers #1
Published by - Marvel Comics
Written by - Jason Aaron
Art by - Ed McGunness

Coloring by - David Curiel
Ink by - Mark Morales
Letters by - VC's Cory Petit
Release Date: May 2, 2018

Coinciding with the big screen release of the latest MCU epic 'Avengers: Infinity War', Marvel tries to capitalize on the momentum with the latest re-numbered first issue of the world's most popular super team. And the amazing 'Jason Aaron' gets his chance with the team this time, who is known for playing a very well-planned long game in terms of story-telling. So while this issue in itself wasn't that promising it does show hopes for a grand future, specially regarding the history of this great creative team.

The story opens with the Avengers team from one million years ago that was introduced in 'Marvel Legacy' one shot as they prepare to engage some massive foes, and then we travel to the present to witness a chat between the big three heroes (Captain America, Iron man & Thor to be precise) who are reminiscing about their recent bad patches and debating whether they need to keep on fighting the good fight with so many new blood to protect the earth now. Then Aaron slowly introduces us with the rest of the members of his incarnation of the team as each member prepares in their own way to prepare for the coming of the Final Host!

The story telling is fast paced yet never really reaches the dizzying pace you come to expect from some of these crossovers now-a-days, which is a good thing. But the story in itself never really catches attention as the big villains are not yet introduced properly yet, but rather is bogged down with trying to introduce the members of the team. Some of the banter between the big three is quite enjoyable, but the including of the other characters, both new and well loved is yet to be justified. As Aaron is known for telling a story slowly and in his unique way and his plots have a tendency of getting better as the story progresses, I have some hope for redemption in the future.

Another small issue for me is that new readers would be quite lost in this first issue, as it has some background to be known to really understand and appreciate it, which in my opinion is never a good vibe for a number one issue. 

The art is quite eye catching and the coloring does its job in creating the atmosphere of epicness. But yet again, it seems the creative team never took its chances here, as they never tried to do anything new. I would have loved a bit more old school themed art style which in my opinion would have given the comic a bit more retro feel which in my opinion would have pushed the point Marvel tried to establish with their 'Legacy' numbering.

I will give this issue 3 out of 5 stars, which is not totally based on this issue but rather on the hope of what this creative team can offer in the long run. 

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