Thanos has a Cosmic Cube and he knows just what to do with it in Avengers Assemble #7!
Avengers Assemble #7
Thanos pays a visit to the Elders of the universe to show off his new toy. Using the Cosmic Cube, he wipes out the beings, but as he does, the cube begins to act erratically. Meanwhile, the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy are picking up the pieces after a massive Badoon attack leaves most of them outside their ship without air. Black Widow comes to the rescue and the two teams resume the fight. Eventually, they are able to find a weak point in the large Badoon battleship. They send Hulk and Thor into the ship, but once destroyed, the two teams discover what’s become of Thanos this whole time!
Again, beyond all potential reasoning, I really can’t dislike this series. There have been some better issues than others, but, really, it’s hard to find the same faults most people have with this series. I explained over the six previous issues that I’ve reviewed what I feel the saving graces have been and what the series’ biggest problems may be. The more I think about it, the more conviction I feel that this series has really kind of accomplished what it seemed to be created for. It’s sold well off the heels of the success of the Avengers movie. While it’s true continuity can be debated, it does have a feel to it that doesn’t tie it down to the other four main Avengers books. It’s light, breezy, and full of action. After so many years of writing the much more series Avengers and New Avengers, Brian Michael Bendis seems to just want to have some fun.
After all, that’s what this series has boiled down to. It’s not heavily dependent on being in line with the other Avengers series. It’s not dark or dealing with massive themes of any kind. It’s not really pretending to be anything other than what the solicits have told us to this point. There is only one more Bendis/Mark Bagley issue left to wrap up this arc and their run on the series. How much will the series change when the creative team changes? That’s hard to say because, let’s face it, this series was entirely designed to be a vehicle for the guys who had a big Summer movie this year. I kind of like that, though. Sure, it’s a cash grab. Sure, it’s a series that is taking advantage of the fans of the Avengers, but I don’t mind having one series that isn’t entirely connected to the others. It gives the team a chance to do stuff like go into space and fight aliens with the Guardians of the Galaxy. That’s not really been done in this sort of way in a really long time. Some Avengers did go into space for AvX, and yeah, Marvel wants to get Thanos out there since he showed up at the end of the movie and all, but they could have ended up fighting him on Earth.
In a way, this book is a definite trade off. Is it worth the $4 a month to see a little more comic booky style of Avengers story where they go out into space and fight aliens or just loading up the pages with more action than story? For me, it kind of is worth it because these are the types of stories I grew up with. Perhaps that’s why I can say I like these issues. I find some connection to that 10 year kid inside that read these types of stories and that helps me forget about the flaws and just enjoy the ride.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Solid art from Bagley. Cool silent pages when Black Widow had to save the Avengers from suffocating in space.||Is it all that great? Not really, but it speaks to my inner child.|
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