Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Jason Masters, Jason Keith, and VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 10, 2019
The War of the Realms is over and it’s time for the team to get a little R&R and for us readers to gear up for what’s coming next. What is that actually and is it off to a good start? Let’s find out…
The issue opens with a very happy Thor and a oddly helmeted Tony Start enjoying some hot tub time in Avengers Mountain. We find out that Thor may be a little more nervous than he’s letting on and that Tony is working from home (or at least the hot tub) and that’s why the helmet is on. Jason Aaron feels like he is joining his characters in cool down mode as well as this issue opens with some light moments that had me chuckling a bit.
Things get a little darker as we head to the Pentagon and pay a visit to Director Coulson and his cool OG guards. I bring up the guards because Black Panther drops in (literally) and after riding the room of a bit of fury, we get a standoff with T’challa and Coulsen that ties in what happened during the War of the Realms and before…with the Squadron Supreme.
They eventually show up in the flesh while Black Panther reveals he is quite the opposite and while I have enjoyed the Squadron so far in this series, I am glad that Aaron is getting a bit more serious with them here.
Meanwhile, we get a really odd flirty scene with Blade and She-Hulk that felt like it was forced in here as an easy way to get both of them some face time, a nice little scene with Robbie Reyes and Captain Marvel and a peek into what each of the Avengers are really thinking about at the moment. I really liked the Thor part here, but most of everything else was old hat or unnecessary. We do end with a crazy cliffhanger that is not shocking since we keep seeing the character end a bunch of books around the MCU lately, but sets up some big things down the line.
I liked most of what we got in this issue, especially the lighthearted moments since we just came out of a months-long War of the Realms. While I was worried that the event was going to make me care less about this book while it was going on, Jason Aaron used the time to set up some things that we continue this month. The art in the issue was pretty good. Jason Masters has a lot of characters to deal with and does a good job…I just wish the angles weren’t so far away in most of the scenes. That might have worked better in an action-packed issue, but some of the quieter scenes ended up looking a bit bare because of it.
This was a nice issue to come out of the War of the Realms with. Part cool down, part setup and part character study, Jason Aaron is moving forward and I am looking forward to seeing what we get coming up.