One final exam remains for Avengers Academy!
Avengers Academy #37
Briggs has fired the missiles carrying the Clean Slate nanobots. Lightspeed chases after them but can only move so fast. While the rest of the team work on Briggs and Enchantress, Veil calls in some extra help for Lightspeed in the form of Jocasta who is able to communicate with the missiles and bring them to Julie. The fight with Briggs carries on and just as it would seem Briggs will use his powers to win, Finesse uses X23′s claws to stab him in the radial and femoral arteries. To prevent him from dying she then applies bandages to his wounds. When he tells her that he won’t be in jail long when the government would likely use him to deal with superpowered threats, she takes the bandages off and lets him bleed to death. In the aftermath, Veil reveals that she never took the cure to Clean Slate. She’s free from her powers that would’ve one day killed her.
To say there was a happy ending to this arc would be lying. This is actually a fairly deep story for one that was mostly filled with action and fast-paced scenes. Lightspeed gets to play hero with Veil and Jocasta, and the others actually get their hands pretty dirty. It actually serves as a great bookend to the entire series.
Yes, the series hasn’t come to its conclusion yet, but the issues on the horizon seem to be more fun and light in comparison to the last few arcs. This arc, in particular leaves a lot of questions for these young heroes. Veil is gone. Finesse, despite really doing something bad for the good of everyone, has killed someone. The students seem to be on an unclear path. This is how I would have liked to have seen the end of the series do. These kids came to Avengers Academy under the idea that they had a rough road ahead of them. While they were still taught what they needed to learn to grow into a solid group of young heroes, this arc doesn’t have them being lifted up over peoples’ shoulders in appreciation for their deeds. Instead, they are left with the same uncertainty the instructors had when they were brought to the school.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Slightly darker conclusion than expected, but still brings fun excitement and action. Good art work from Tom Grummett again.||Some minor art inconsistencies in the battle scenes with Striker’s face not showing any signs of the cuts he got.|