Is this the beginning of the end for Avengers Academy?
Avengers Academy #34
Hank Pym and Tigra have closed Avengers Academy. While the kids were told to go home, they haven’t yet. Hazmat and Mettle have gone to Kauai, Hawaii. While there, Hazmat gets a call from Jeremy Briggs claiming he has figured out how to cure the pair. The rest of the remaining students gather in New York to be there to witness if Briggs’ “cure” is going to work. Much to their surprise, Hazmat and Mettle are indeed turned “normal”. Unfortunately, Briggs finally shows his true colors as he reveals that not only have they been fixed by his concoction, but he plans to unleash it on the world!
Right from the beginning, Christos Gage didn’t hide the fact that something about Jeremy Briggs was off. Sure, he was rich, and incredibly smart, but something about him was wrong. His brash behavior betrayed all those good things he promised each student if they came with him. His charisma was good enough for the one most defeated. He wooed Veil over to his side when she realized that a change had to be made before she dissipated into nothing. Through all his bravado, I believe I personally likened him to a Lex Luthor type of villain. He’s one of those dangers because he’s so smart and believes so much in what he wants to do for the world, he’d stop at nothing to send a wrecking ball into the old ways in order for him vision of the future to be built.
So now, after waiting all this time, and wondering when the house of cards that Briggs built around all these lofty ideas and plans that sound so wonderful in a perfect world, Briggs not only comes off as a major douchebag, but he also comes off as the villain we expected him to be. Yeah, he was always a bit of a jerk, but now, he seems to be just going full speed ahead on being a smug little prick. And why shouldn’t he be? Hell, the Avengers and X-Men are proving him right. They aren’t using their powers to make the world a better place. They are using their powers to tear the world apart. It’s just a shame that Briggs’ plans to take away everyone’s powers are just too shortsighted be anything more than conceit.
Ever since Tom Grummett has joined the book as artist, I’ve really enjoyed the look he brings. Together with Cory Hamscher on inks and Chris Sotomayor’s colors, this book is vibrant and an enjoyment to look at. Part of the overall feeling I get when reading this book comes directly from the art this series has always had. These are young heroes in youthful situations. I want to see bright colors and these clean lines. This series has had some of the greatest fits between the art and the story of any Marvel comic.
The stakes have risen and the kids don’t have their mentors or teachers to help them. I can’t wait to see how they get out of Briggs’ trap.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Solid story. Great art. Fun old school villainy from Briggs.||Solid first part to the new arc, so not much to nitpick on.|