Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Javier Garron, Jason Keith, and VC’s COry Petit
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 15, 2020
This book has had an identity crisis since it began. It’s an Avengers book where the actual listed team barely makes an appearance together. It’s been more about setting up a future big story and side books than anything else, and that continues with this Age of Khonshu arc. I argued that the last issue should have had a Moon Knight #1 legacy numbering, and I stand by that. However, I have changed my tune a bit this month. Why? Let’s find out…
After a quick recap to remind everyone what Marc Spector did, we get a flashback to show us the real reason why he did it. It puts everything in a new light, and I liked seeing the plan unfold as we get back to the present time.
Things get more significant as Spector and Khonshu visit Mephisto, and if you are as sick of him as I am, this scene will have you smiling. It’s a massive moment for the entire MCU, especially with everything leading back to Mephisto in so many stories!
Now, before you think that everything is perfect in Avengers Land, that is not the case. When Jason Aaron moves ahead two weeks to show the changes Khonshu has for Earth (and New York in particular), it felt a bit too jarring and made me get that uncomfortable feeling that I missed something.
The majority of the issue then becomes a back-and-forth between Team Moon Knight (#TeamMoonKnight4Ever) and Black Panther (he doesn’t need a hashtag, he’s Black Panther!) over the Spirit of the Panther. While I don’t trust Khonshu at all, I do think Marc believes in the fight.
We end with a kick-ass Fist of Vengence and Iron Man and Captain Marvel about to use a Hail Mary to make things right. This last part has me on board because it made it feel like an Avengers book (Tony and Carol trying to save their friends) for the first time in a long time and is tying a colossal thing back into the book.
Jason Aaron has me back a bit here. This issue felt big, but it felt Avengers big and not just a backdoor pilot for another book. It didn’t even take the whole team there, but they are all referenced, and Tony and Carol are working to save them. Besides that, I liked Javier Garron’s art a whole lot. Everything was clean, easy to follow, and great.
Avengers #34 continues the Age of Khonshu story, and Jason Aaron reveals the Moon Knight behind the curtain while remembering this is an Avengers book as well. That last part is what has me excited about this book after being down for so long.
2 thoughts on “Avengers #34 Review”
I really didn’t enjoy this issue at all. I enjoyed your review, but I’m surprised by your high rating.
The fast forward to the time when Moon Knight has already conquered New York confused me.
It seems like they blinked past all the dramatic twists and turns to get to that point.
In addition, if Moon Knight conquered New York like this wouldn’t it be felt in Spider-Man, or Daredevil, or any number of Marvel comics? This seems like a continuity issue and makes the story line seem inconsequential.
Now after five issues I think I’ve figured out who’s on the team, but I’d like to see some classic Avengers back… Vision, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, Wasp, Wonderman, Hercules… etc. throw out Ghost Rider, Blade, and boring Captain Marvel.
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I have gone down since. I thought we’d get some idea of what’s going on in New York, but never got much at all! It’s been surface level wowvmoments with no real depth.