Written by: Al Ewing, Mark Waid, and Jim Zub
Art by: Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco, Juan Aburtov, and VC’s Cory Petit
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: February 13, 2019
It’s time for another Avengers weekly series and while I did have fun with No Surrender, I am not sure I need another weekly book with Uncanny not knocking my socks off recently. Plus, I am not a fan of the three-headed (block) monster of Ewing, Waid, and Zub. Not their writing, mind you…just them. I will keep an open mind, however, and jump into this with cautious optimism, hoping to enjoy every last drop. Well, did I? Let’s find out…
The issue opens with Hercules in New York. No, not the awful early Arnold Schwarzenegger (billed as Arnold Strong) movie, but the fun demigod. He ends up capturing/saving/bantering with Rocket Racoon in easily the best sequence of the book. It all ends, though, with everything going dark in what is the start of a string of get-togethers that end with the sun going out.
Ewing, Waid, and Zub do a good job of getting the large cast of theirs into the issue and dishing out information to get everyone up to speed. My problem is you can pretty much see the strings being pulled in each scene. It is decent, but far from inspired. Wanda and Clint, Spectrum and Vision (with Blue Marvel and Toni Ho) and the Hulk and Voyager. The writers give us a grand scope as well, but it’s the main characters that draw the readers attention, obviously.
Things pick up as the characters are brought together and the standout is the Hulk talking/threatening Clint. That is going to be a highlight of the series in my opinion and it starts off with a bang here. On a side note…is the night time the Hulk’s time or is it just when it gets dark? Seems like a bit of a Gremlin’s type conundrum going on here.
The issue ends with the team heading off to Olympus and someone better call Gerard Butler because it has fallen! We then get a cliffhanger that shows you why you never say the big bad’s name whether it’s Candyman, Voldemort or Nyx. Especially if it’s Nyx! Actually, Candyman scares the crap out of me too!
I liked this issue. Ewing, Waid, and Zub set up the characters and story well, but it just lacks an overall excitement and spark. These three guys obviously know their way around a comic book and this issue felt like they were doing just enough to get this weekly going. Nothing more, nothing less. Still, there is enough to make me want to move forward, but I just hope the next issue is a little more inspired.
The art, on the other hand, was pretty darned awesome! Everything looked great and even aped the appearances of the characters who have ongoing books right now. Great job!
A good, but a bit uninspiring first issue that introduces the large cast of characters and gets them up against the big bad by the end of the issue. This book looks fantastic and Ewing, Waid, and Zub do enough to keep me reading…for now.