Nazi robots are blowing up everything and people are talking and beaten and then this demon lady from Tron with a hammer shows up. Then Hawkeye shoots the demon lady with an arrow through the neck and Ms. Marvel goes in there and there’s a bunch of boom. Then a bunch of heroes show up and there’s boom. Then every Iron Man ever shows up and more boom. Then that’s about it.
What’s on the cover?
Hawkeye and Spider-woman are hugging while the world burns behind them, of course. Didn’t you get that from the plot summary?
How’s the pictures?
Not gonna lie, I am not a huge fan of this art style. It is good for gritty, rough and tumble books like Kick Ass, but for the main superhero titles it is a little lacking. The minimalist lines just are not expressive enough? I’m not sure, I know the faces look flat and I’m almost turned away by it on instinct.
What really happened?
Bucky Barnes is dead and the Avengers are looking for payback. That’s the heart of this issue. When Sin shows up with her hammer and they beat her and her army back, it’s okay but nothing special. And once again, Tony Stark’s armor collection or some new one makes a comeback. Here’s a big problem with most of Bendis’s books, especially the ones where he had people talking the “camera:” The drawings don’t tell you crap about the story. Look at my “summary” up there. That’s what the pictures told me and I read this series, most of it. I know the players. Most of them.
Did I like it?
Once you slog through all the dialog, the images do make sense and tell a decent enough story, if only a couple of seconds in time. I have the feeling that Bendis writes the team books like D&D encounters, only a few minutes of time passes, a lot happens and maybe somebody dies. I enjoyed the book, I just wish there was more to it for the amount of time I have to spend with it. And honestly, what the hell is up with the cover? Beyond the fire, how does that match the inside of this book at all?