All-Out Avengers #4 Review

Writer: Derek Landy
Color Artist: Frank D’Armata
Cover Artists: Greg Land and Frank D’Armata
Penciller: Greg Land
Inker: Jay Leisten
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Reviewer: Dr. Carl Bryan

“Clint..I know I’ve been gone for a few days and we’ve been through a lot…but what happened to your clothes? – Natasha to Clint

Synopsis:
Trapped in an alien world surrounded by bloodthirsty hunters, Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Spider-Woman and Hawkeye have only hours before their last chance to get home disappears forever. But as a new enemy watches from the shadows, it becomes clear they were stranded here for a reason. They just have to figure it out before they are killed!

Positives:
The focus of this book should be on the art team… Greg Land, Frank D’Armata, and Jay Leisten. The care and detail that they have placed on making Captain Marvel, Black Widow, and Spider-Woman appear as the most beautiful people in the Marvel Universe is evident in this team.

What Todd McFarlane did for Spiderman’s webbing, this art team does for hair. How can Captain Marvel’s lips look so shiny and moist while in battle in what appears to be a very dry and arid planet?
The frames are simple, but the storytelling here is detailed art in displaying the characters.

Positives #2
Clint is the foil for jokes among these three female heroes. Why his clothes continue to erode doesn’t make sense, but by issue #4, the plot is Swiss cheese…on purpose mind you as each issue starts with a battle. However, the Avengers never know what immersed them into conflict as there is the constant theme of gaps in the memory.
While a positive is the constant “gaps”, that is wearing a bit thin for the four issue stint thus far. I love the battle and action scenes, but the cerebral aspect of the writing is not dropping enough clues.

Negatives:
Who are these guys in yellow suits reminiscent of Monster Inc. Hazmat suits? While I appreciate the entire Marvel-Disney relationship, let’s compartmentalize and ensure everyone stays in their lane.
You don’t see Howard the Duck roaming around Disney World. Keep the main thing as we might be dealing with Multiverses…but not in that manner!
Consequently, let’s up the storyline a bit as the dialogue is stunted and needs to equal the art!

Final Thoughts:


I love taking the heroes and placing them in a memory gap. It keeps the reader guessing who is pulling the strings, which can make the heroes have no idea why they are constantly immersed in battles. I am reminded of an Under the Dome (Stephen King nod here) theme with two kids basically isolating the heroes and making them fight all the time. However, I expect some new characters to come on the scene, so I hope that doesn’t disappoint! In the meantime, check out the art in this issue.

7/10

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