Emma Frost continues her assault on Juston Sentinel at Avengers Academy…
Avengers Academy #33
Emma Frost is on a mission that she will not back down from. She is going to destroy Juston’s Sentinel. Finesse begs for Quicksilver’s help, but he declines. The Sentinel is badly damaged, but Juston climbs inside to hurry along the repair process. Unfortunately, Emma Frost doesn’t know this and nearly kills the boy when she roasts the machine. When he comes to, Frost resumes her original mission and when the Sentinel overrides his prime directive to protect Juston, Frost completely dismantles the Sentinel and melts his brain. After she leaves, Quicksilver shows up with the actual central processing unit. Quicksilver helps rebuild the Sentinel and tells Hank Pym that things are getting worse outside the Academy. The following day, Hank and Tigra announce that they will be sending the kids home with enough money to start a new life and closing Avengers Academy forever.
This is yet another high quality issue from Christos Gage and Timothy Green. It’s full of action and emotion as Juston desperately tries to save the life of his only friend and has the rest of the students rallying behind him to fight off Emma. There’s not a great deal more than this struggle going on, but it’s the heart underneath this story that really speaks to the readers. This is just good comic book storytelling from Gage. It’s got high action and a heart. Sometimes that’s exactly what a comic book needs over anything else. Just give us some exciting stuff with characters we care about and we’ll be happy. If you’re able to do that, you can even look past Quicksilver being used as a good old Deus Ex Machina as he swoops in to keep from crying over the destruction of a kid’s best friend.
Green does another great job on pencils with this issue. I really love how he drew the Sentinel, especially when he was in major disrepair. He gave it a really cool robot look to it. Between the over matched Sentinel getting destroyed and reassembled and destroyed again and the action scenes in general, the visuals compliments the writing so well.
As much as I’m excited to read every issue of Avengers Academy, there appears to be a dark future ahead that might either forever change this title and its cast or be coming to an end altogether. Here’s hoping that Marvel NOW! still has a place for this book.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|High excitement and a lot of heart. Great art.||Nothing negative sticks out.|