Avengers Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill Omega #1
Writer – Nick Spencer
Artist – Daniel Acuna, Angel Unzueta
Colours – Daniel Acuna, Matt Wilson
Letters – VC’s Clayton Cowles
The finale to the saga of Pleasant Hill arrives and it is as full of action as you would expect as Zemo and his forces battle it out with Steve Rogers and his. Plans are hatched by Zemo to capture and use Kobik, but not everything ever goes according to plan when dealing with Cosmic Cubes and the fact that Kobik is sentient or at least seems like a sentient being, makes it even worse. Spencer creates a very exciting conclusion with this issue, more so than most of the series has been and it is nice to see our heroes actually fight some actual villains instead of each other for once and to see them united to boot. When all is said and done, Pleasant Hill is no more – as was to be expected, but the fallout is going to be huge which was also expected. For one, Steve Rogers is young and healthy again, though he has refused to take back the shield from Sam Wilson. It should make for interesting stories with two Captain America’s running around. Another big question mark is what will happen to S.H.I.E.L.D. as their big experiment and more specifically, Maria Hill’s big experiment has failed. While Hill might look at it as just a minor setback, the men and women that she has to answer to do not see it in the same way whatsoever. They see it as an utter failure and embarrassment and see Hill as getting out of control. Not only did the experiment fail, but all of the villains have gotten away and more importantly, Kobik is also loose in the world. What this issue also does, whether you instantly recognize it or not, is set up the Marvel Universe for the foreseeable future. There is a lot happening towards the end of the book and some of it was a spoiled on various websites like the return of young Steve Rogers and the return of the Thunderbolts, but there is more and you can see just how important this particular issue is going to be once things start to play out. It is not really subtle per se, but it is almost like it is downplayed and that makes its impact even greater because you can see how it is going to affect everyone from mutants to Avengers and will more than likely lead into the next big event once that Civil War II business is over. A good issue and crossover, maybe not as good as previous ones, but Spencer and company did what they needed to and it worked.
4 out of 5
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #6
Writer – Brandon Montclare, Amy Reeder
Artist – Natacha Bustos
Colours – Tamra Bonvillain
Letters – VC’s Travis Lanham
Things always happen for a reason and Lunella has lots of them. Busting Devil Dinosaur out of his prison had a reason – he just so happens to be Lunella’s friend and when you factor in that he can help her get the Nightstone/Kree Omniwave Projector back, it turns out to be a pretty good one. Lunella’s mom on the other hand does not want her daughter doing anything dangerous and does not want her hanging out with a giant, prehistoric dinosaur, but as events play out, she finds that Lunella is going to do what she wants to do and just maybe, it might be for the best. Aiding Lunella in her quest is Brandon Montclare, Amy Reeder and Natacha Bustos who have been chronicling our tween hero’s rise from student to super-hero and if there is one thing that can be said about all of it – it has definitely been a lot of fun. Reading this book requires you put all logic aside, which most already do when reading stories set in the Marvel Universe, and by doing so, will discover that this is one of Marvel’s best books being published at the moment. It is far different to everything else they do and yet it still contains many of the same ingredients like adventure, excitement and humour. The book also features a new set of villains in the Killer Folk – cavemen who have come forward in time to claim the Nightstone for their own. The only problem is that Lunella wants it as well so that she can prevent her change into an Inhuman should a Terrigen Cloud come anywhere in the vicinity. To that effect, she and Devil do manage to get the object back, but as seen in this issue, it may be too little too late. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is a great book on every level and if you are not reading it and are looking for something a little out of the box, this is the book you need.
4 out of 5