Writer: Jason Aaron
Art Team: Mark Morales Karl Kesel & Scott Hanna, Erick Arciniega, VC’s Cory Petit
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 9, 2019
I’ve been hot and cold on the ‘Fresh Start’ Avengers title as of late. While I do find some of the team dynamics and situations they’ve dealt with in those issues to have interesting moments, the titles pension to jump around between different story arcs are a bit too much, affecting my enjoyment level a bit. When I peeked at this cover for this issue I thought and figured I was in for more of the same, what with a cast of characters on the front I hardly recognize without the help of the Internet. I’m going in with an open mind though so let’s see what we get.
The issue begins with Black Panther setting the tone for what’s to come in the pages that follow as he discusses with Jarvis his needs, mainly setting up a support staff that covers the areas of ‘battle’ S.H.I.E.L.D. used to, but better. Don’t forget people to help fill the many shoes Jarvis in his younger age used to fill. Jason Aaron from the start takes his time setting up Black Panther going about recruiting his ‘staff’, then showcasing them in action, getting the readers used to some of the more obscure characters in the Marvel Universe, and how they can be of assistance to the Avengers.
I mean we get to know some great characters throughout this issue from Gorilla Man, to Ka-Zar, Broo, to Man-Wolf, even the likes of American Eagle, and Fat Cobra get some page space, all doing just enough for the reader in their time present to understand how this unique team can be of great assistance by the time the issue concludes. I’ll admit from the get-go this was not something I really looked forward to getting into this month, but it didn’t take long for me to quickly change my mind, and do a complete 180 by issues end. I’m currently begging for more of the ‘Agents of Wakanda’ than I ever imagined I needed in my life.
While everyone is off where they are needed some very interesting threads are being set up and put into place, such as Wasp getting Morbius, the living Vampire, away from a group of Space Vampires who want him dead, setting up a possible Vampire war, in which the recently rescued Blade will most likely be great help. The other big thread is Ka-Zar coming through with a little dinner for the team while doing recon on Atlantis, seeing what Namor and company are up to. Even the War of Realms event makes an appearance in the pages here with a great conversation between Odin and Black Panther that made me laugh out loud during several exchanges.
The art, while sporting a large cast, is seamless in its transitions from one person to another. This is the type of art you come to an Avengers title for, the entire cast, even the most rarely seen characters in the Marvel U look great here throughout the book doing what they do best.
Overall, the Avengers twelfth issue is my favorite book in the series so far since the relaunch by a long shot and I cant wait to see these characters introduced here pop up in later issues interacting with this team of Avengers on a more regular basis. The art shines with some showcase character designs and great detail with care and equal attention paid to the mundane and absurd. More of the Agents of Wakanda soon please.