Comics

Four Colour Thoughts – Avengers #50 (2021)

The Creators – Jason Aaron, Christopher Ruocchio – Writers; Aaron Kuder, Carlos Pacheco, Ed McGuinness, Javier Garrón and Steve McNiven – Artists; Rafael Fonteriz, Steve McNiven, David Baldeon, Aaron Kuder, Javier Garron and Ed Mcguinness – Inkers; Frank D’armata, Rachelle Rosenberg, Alex Sinclair, David Curiel and Matt Hollingsworth – Colours; Cory Petit – Letters

The Players – Captain America, Iron Man, Ka-Zar, Ghost Rider, She-Hulk, Namor, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Deathlok, Orb, Avengers from 1,000,000 BC (Odin, Agamotto, Starbrand, Ghost Rider, Iron Fist Fan Fei, Phoenix), Gorilla-Man, Valkyrie, Galactus, Mephisto, Multiversal Masters of Evil (Doom Supreme, Kid Thanos, Ghost Goblin, Blazing Skull, King Kilmonger, Dark Pheonix, Hound), Iron Inquisitor (Howard Stark), Red Widow, Ursa Major, Crimson Dynamo

The Story – World War She-Hulk is over, what remains is the fallout, not to mention new threats on the horizon which the depleted Avengers may not be enough for.

The Take – The fiftieth issue of the Avengers under Jason Aaron’s wing or the seven hundred and fiftieth issue with the legacy numbering is a big issue with a lot of moving parts, so many in fact, that while it makes for a great read, one almost forgets what happened during the first half of the book once one finishes the latter. It begins with the Orb who has some prophetic words, cuts to Ka-Zar who has been sent into the past to protect if from Kid Thanos and meets the Avengers from 1,000,000 BC and moves into the finale of She-Hulk’s latest story. This is framed by a Russian court sequence involving the Crimson Dynamo and a newly rejuvenated She-Hulk, no longer savage and it then cuts back to the past again to find Doom Supreme making a deal with Mephisto – the prelude to the latest and greatest threat to face the Avengers. There are some great images peppered throughout the book courtesy of the numerous artists who take part in making it all come to life including heroes from the past as well as the introduction of a Howard Stark from another timeline who is intent on seeing his legacy coming to fruition personally. Aaron has Ghost Rider elicit a promise from the Avengers before sending him on a mission of his own thanks to a Deathlok while the team thinks of potential members, one of which looks to be Namor. The Squadron Supreme has something planned along with the Red Widow, Gorilla-Man is looking for redemption, a new Masters of Evil rises and as it began, so it ends with the Orb and a final surprise from Ka-Zar. Aaron and company pack this book full and the man has big plans for the team going forward and it is exciting, to say the least. More interesting than anything else is the team that Doom Supreme has assembled and when factoring in Howard Stark and Mephisto, they are highly formidable. Additionally, there is a story of Thor as a backup that involves a young King Arthur and it was both well-crafted and a fun read. Altogether, a superb package that offers up a lot to the reader and a book that creates a lot of excitement for what is to follow.

Worth It? – Yes.

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