Emma Frost is on a mission to destroy all Sentinels. Unfortunately, one lives at Avengers Academy!
Avengers Academy #32
After the brief tussle with the X-kids, Juston plans to fix up his Sentinel. X23 comes and wants him to destroy the machine who still has the programming to capture or destroy all mutants deep within its circuits. He’s able to barely convince her that it isn’t a threat to anyone even if he can’t fully delete the destroy all mutants part of his programming. Later, news of Emma Frost destroying the last of the Sentinel factories is heard on the TV. She arrives at Avengers Academy to destroy the last remaining Sentinel – Juston’s. Despite her concerns, X23 stops Frost from melting the machine to slag after Juston admits to loving the machine. Now, the entirety of the academy comes to Juston’s defense against one of the powerful Phoenix Five.
When I come home with my stack of books for the week, I see things like Avengers Vs. X-Men #6, Before Watchmen: Comedian #1, New AND Secret Avengers, The Walking Dead #99, a bi-weekly favorite of mine in Journey Into Mystery, and then there’s Avengers Academy. It’s a book that, on the shelves, benefits from having Avengers in the title, but doesn’t always jump right out at someone in a comic shop. Sure, I love the series a great deal, but when faced with the other titles I mentioned previously, it’s hard to think that it will be one of the very first books I’ll read.
Then, I open the book and I realize that this one title, despite not being the flashiest of the Avengers titles, or the boldest of comics that I’ll read in any given week, is going to entertain me more than any other book I’ll read between now and the next issue. There’s a wit and charm to the book that captures me with the first panel of every issue. As much of a love/not-so-love relationship I’ve had with my Avengers over the better part of a decade, this book feels like the rip-roaring books I still love to read from bygone era of comics. It’s bright, colorful, well drawn, exceptionally written with fun and entertainment in mind, and it hooks me with every damn panel. It’s like I’ve come home each time I read the newest issue.
I probably won’t be able to convince anyone to read this book and, through my passion for it, expect them to feel the same way as I do. I know that. I suspect that many of you who have read my reviews of the series expect to see each issue get the same, nearly embarrassing glowing review. Yeah, I might be predictable when it comes to reviewing each issue, but I can’t help it. Christos Gage just gives me what I want out of 20-some pages of comic. The stories aren’t overly trippy like a Grant Morrison tale. The snappy dialog doesn’t become the main focus like in a Bendis book. Instead, I get to see a truly unique cast deal with every day problems and the funny dialog is so well meted out and timed so well that it’s easily a book that I look so forward to reading with each new one and actually feel a little sad when I get to that last page.
Oh, and guess what… This issue is no different.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Fun as always. Even tense at times thinking the Sentinel is going to be wiped out. Kind of sad story from X23′s past with a puppy. Great art from Timothy Green II.||None, well other than this book not being 200 pages.|