New Avengers #10
Writer – Al Ewing
Artist – Marcus To, Juanan Ramirez
Colours – Dono Sanchez Almara
Letters – VC’s Joe Caramagna
Roberto da Costa has a plan. He always has a plan and the fact that people keep doubting him at times like the current one is a little bit annoying. Suffice it to say that Bobby knew that one day his giant robot, Avenger Five would be needed and he knew that it would be against some sort of monster like American Kaiju and thus the reason he put in a reactor that was a little unstable and ran on gamma radiation. Al Ewing knocks another one out of the park with a little help from Marcus To and Juanan Ramirez for the conclusion of the latest storyline, not to mention a culmination of events that have been building up since the first issue of the series involving Hawkeye and S.H.I.E.L.D. The great thing about New Avengers is that Ewing keeps his stories tight and his story-arcs small, making it not only easy for new readers to jump in at any given moment, but never wasting the time of long-time readers either, never giving them a chance to be bored or tired of the material. What was more interesting than anything else had to do with Songbird who was actually a deep cover agent for S.H.I.E.L.D., surprising Clint more than anything else. It makes you wonder just when it was that S.H.I.E.L.D. turned/recruited her, especially if Clint had no idea with he himself being an agent. You also wonder if Bobby knew and had a plan in place for it or if he too was fooled by her performance. That being said, another question that raises its head due to this recent turn of events is what is going to happen now that the team’s numbers have been reduced even further from what they once were. The end of the book could provide a clue as they find themselves at Bobby’s secondary headquarters with a surprise cameo from someone who has been absent from the Marvel Universe as of late. While American Kaiju has been defeated, there are still some plot threads that have not been tied up as of yet, one being White Tiger and her missing powers and another being the Maker and what it is that he is up to at the moment. Also, though Bobby, his Avengers and A.I.M. are sort of on the run and due to the recent Pleasant Hill debacle and Maria Hill’s machinations, you have to question whether S.H.I.E.L.D. will play a part in future storylines or if they will find themselves hampered. With the way the book has been going and how Ewing enjoys surprising the reader while presenting new mysteries alongside those same surprises, it should be a lot of fun finding out the answers to all of these questions and more.
4 out of 5
The Mighty Thor #6
Writer – Jason Aaron
Artist – Russell Dauterman, Rafa Garres
Colours – Matthew Wilson, Rafa Garres
Letters – VC’s Joe Sabino
The latest issue of Thor is not so much a tale of Thor as it is of Loki and not exactly in the way you would expect either or on the other hand, exactly as you would expect. Here, Dario Agger is congratulating himself on his expansions into the other realms thanks to his partnership with Malekith and yet he feels a little uneasy as well. If Malekith should ever choose to turn on him, he would have need of an ally as he is simply outgunned anywhere else but on Earth. So who best to turn to than Loki – a god, a villain, a brother and sometimes ally, which as many have discovered is not an actual solution but a problem all of its own. Jason Aaron begins this latest arc by flashing back to the past when Loki was just a young trickster god, one who was rarely called upon by mortals to aid them in their quest, yet one who was only too eager to help, especially when it came to matters involving his half-brother Thor. While it is a slightly interesting development, it is not exactly that much of a surprise as you had to know that at some point Loki would stick his nose into Agger’s affairs as he has needled his way into everyone else’s within the various realms. The flashback tale is good, but when held against the stories that have come before in the title or even the first arc of the new volume, it pales greatly in comparison. While you can be sure that things will ramp up soon enough, this story was fairly slowly paced and though changing things up every now and then is a good thing, again, it was just a little too slow. The artwork in the book is split between two different artists, one being the ongoing penciller in Russell Dauterman and the second Rafa Garres who takes duties on the flashback. Both styles are excellent in their own way while being completely opposite to each other in style, colouring and everything else and it was the artwork that held your interest far more than the story actually did. Garres has a bit of a Frazetta-vibe going on and lends a little excitement to the page and should the flashbacks continue, which they most assuredly will for at least one more issue, it will be good to see his work once again. A decent issue that manages to shine the spotlight on the villains, but it will be good to see Jane Foster and Thor return to the page.
3 out of 5