The students of Avengers Academy must stop a missile from being launched to take away the powers of all the heroes on Earth!
Avengers Academy #36
Hazmat, who recently regained her powers, gets to Striker in time to prevent him from being killed by Jeremy Briggs and Enchantress, but she isn’t able to prevent him from being disfigured by Briggs’ attack. Hazmat is also able to give Mettle’s protective exo-skin back by igniting the change through burning his skin off. The others go to Coat of Arms to get back White Tiger and Reptil’s amulets back so they can gain their powers back. After some soul searching with the entities residing with in the amulets, they are able to overcome the six-armed sorceress. When they find the antidotes to the power stealing “Clean Slate”, they rush to the rooftop to stop Briggs, but they arrive just too late as the missiles carrying Clean Slate have already been launched.
Christos Gage’s somewhat dark “Final Exam” story has been a particularly great story for these characters in their current stage as heroes. While keeping the general tone the series has always had, these are easily the highest of stakes this team has faced to date, and it reads nicely. All the while, the issue does keep the more classical elements that Gage has used throughout this run.
As this series begins to wind down, and this arc in particular enters its conclusion, this is a title that would get my vote as a great character-driven series that anyone could get into. It’s light enough for younger audiences without sacrificing tougher situations. This story alone is full of tense moments and elements that older readers would understand about relationships and even has some philosophical ideas proposed about how situations have escalated through the abilities the heroes have used and possibly abused. It’s deep enough to capture that older audience but stays exciting and fresh enough for kids to want to read. Forget the fact the characters aren’t recognizable, what’s most important is how Gage has been able to craft these characters into realistic characters with real depth without anyone being left behind or forcing one character into the spotlight over the others. Everyone has equal time to shine, even when the cast expanded after the events of Fear Itself.
On the art side, Andrea Di Vito still brings a great style perfectly matched for the darker and action scenes. His characters’ forms and movements are nicely drawn. In the more dramatic moments, he does well with the expressions. Overall, I have always been a fan of his since back in his Crossgen days and have been very pleased with his work on this story in particular.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Solidly written keeping heavy and lighter moments for just about every age group. Nice art, as can be expected, from Di Vito.||Not much at all to pick on in this issue.|