A traitor in the Avengers is revealed!
Captain America has enlisted a specialized group of Avengers to go into space in what can best be described as a suicide mission to try to repel the Phoenix before it can even reach the planet. Noh-Varr says goodbye to his human girlfriend and admits that he may not return from his mission. Later, as an aftermath of some of what is seen in Secret Avengers, Noh-Varr discovers that the Uru metal in Thor’s hammer can power the device to capture the Phoenix’s power successfully. Thor is sent back out and shows that Noh-Varr’s calculations are correct and the Phoenix can be defeated and harmed. Unfortunately, Noh-Varr has other plans and takes the equipment as part of an oath he’s made to the Kree.
Overall, this issue isn’t that bad. It’s a compliment to the Secret Avengers tie-in issues and goes a little deeper into Noh-Varr’s betrayal. There are nice scenes with Noh saying goodbye to his lady friend that was cute and Thor taking on not just the mission when Cap was worried about possibly sending Avengers to their death but also the lone god against the Phoenix sequence that came toward the end of the series.
Of course, Walt Simonson’s art is the stuff of pure awesome. His characters are so emotive. Every panel with a face gives you exactly what you need to understand the situation. If you take a comic he’s drawn and only look at his art as you go from page to page and panel to panel, you understand what is happening. One of the things that is typically lost in the newer generation of artists is appropriate facial expression to match the writer’s script. In the scenes that had much bigger moments, Simonson loads this issue with images that are exactly what you’d expect from Simonson – bombastic and iconic.
Now, exactly how does this fit with Secret Avengers as it is definitely tied to the events in that book? If I have one negative to speak to it’s how it fits in. At the end of the most recent issue of Secret Avengers, Noh-Varr was plotting with Ms. Marvel to help the Kree. That’s not here. While this issue does make the notation that the full details are found in Secret Avengers #26-28, but one fear I have is that this particular issue seems to have fallen into continuity problems that can be common in between the issues and pages of an event. I’m not going to immediately rage against this book for this as I’d like to read the rest of the issues from the referred Secret Avengers tie-ins.
I will say that what is in this book is good, but I will reserve a full judgment until the other series completes its run for the AvX stories.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Story on its own isn’t bad. It is paced nicely and is accompanied by fantastic art from Walt Simonson.||Perhaps some fairly large continuity problems?|
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