Written By: Jed MacKay
Art By: Carlos Magno
Colors By: GURU-eFX
Letters By: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover Art By: Kei Zama, GURU-eFX
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 2, 2021
Avengers Mech Strike #1 fly in to stop a dinosaur-sized monster rampaging trough NYC. But this is no ordinary monster. It’s part-tech and part organic, and it amazingly can absorb every power blast and weapon the Avengers throw at it. What’s worse, the more it eats, the bigger it gets.
What better reason for Iron Man and Black Panther to come up with a squad of mech suits, branded with looks and powers that match the driver, to save the day. Better still, wat better way for Marvel to grease the marketing skids for a set of mech-toys, available on Amazon.com or wherever fine toys are sold.
Was It Good?
This reviewer is being a bit cheeky, but to be fair, it’s not a bad comic. The setup is too convenient, the “aha! we found its weakness” moment is too convenient, and the “I just happen to have these mech suits” moment is way, way, way too convenient. That said, if you like a comic where you can imagine your 8-year-old self smashing action figures against toy dinosaurs, this is right up your alley.
On the plus side, the art, the lettering and all the character designs are excellent.
Short Story Long
We begin with a giant, dinosaur-like monster tearing through NYC. Credit where it’s due, Cap and Spider-Man have a little exchange where he reminds Peter that the Avengers split into teams for effectiveness based on their strengths. The heavy hitters ala Hulk attack the monster, while the B Team rescues people. Cap adds a nice touch by emphasizing the B Team’s job is more important.
The monster is techno-organic, meaning it’s living tissue and machinery blended together. When it eats raw material or gets blasted with energy, the monster absorbs it and gets bigger. The Avengers are left at a standstill. Even the Hulk’s gamma radiation gets absorbed as a food source.
Later, the Avengers assemble (heh) back at HQ to examine the monster’s core. Iron Man and Black Panther use their superior intellect to discover, a) the core is manmade but far beyond anything they’ve seen, b) the core is the third in a series, which means there are at least two more out in the world, and c) they don’t know who or why anyone would create these monster but they have to be stopped.
So far, it’s over-simplified popcorn fun and the art is really eye-catching. If there’s a big down, bigger than the overly convenient plot, it’s the characterization of Spider-Man. He’s depicted as insecure, unsure, and to this reviewer, incredibly annoying to the point of unlikability. If this reviewer had met a person with this Spider-Man’s personality in real life, I would probably avoid him in any social or professional setting.
Iron Man gives each of the Avengers a bracelet and tells them to activate it to show them how they’re going to defeat the next monsters. The Avengers follow Iron Man to a hangar where a series of giant mech suits are lined up, each resembling their driver. He explains the mech suits were already built as a contingency, and the logical plan is to plate them with Vibranium to keep them from being eaten by the next monster.
We end with the money shot of the Avengers flying into the sky to give their new toys a test drive.
Avengers Mech Strike #1 is an above average toy ad disguised as a comic book. The art is better than expected for a paper thin plot, but the overly convenient setup seems to only exist to get to the cool mech suits. If you like action figure smashing and don’t want to think while reading, Marvel’s got you covered.