Wolverine and the X-Men swing by Avengers Academy for a fun day of flag football!
Avengers Academy #38
To foster more camaraderie among the young kids, Hank Pym and Wolverine organize a pleasant flag football game between the two schools. As the tension between Avengers and X-Men subside at the end of Avengers vs. X-Men, emotions still run a little high in the physical game, but at the end of the day, Wolverine and Pym get themselves ejected and with all the teachers out of the game, Wolverine cracks the beers and grills the burgers as the Avengers and X-Men mingle and learn they really have fewer differences they could ever imagine.
Everything about this book from the cover to every page in the book has a classic feel to it. I was immediately reminded of the old Avengers/West Coast Avengers annuals where they played a game of baseball. While, typically, they would get interrupted by some intergalactic threat causing them to halt the game and deal with that, this book plays to what Christos Gage has done so well with this series – building character.
After the Final Exam arc, this might not feel like a terribly exciting issue in the series, but what does is dial back the more serious plot and injects a great deal of fun. There are still some bits with Finesse and X23 dealing with killing Jeremy Briggs, but that’s nicely overshadowed in favor of that lighter entertainment value. It also opens the door for some good chuckles.
One of my favorite moments happens early in the book when Humberto just wants to show Finesse a video of a trick play by Joe Montana to have her copy and perform in the game. When she brushes him off and claims that he’s crowding her when she wants space, leave it to good ol’ Gambit to offer some advice. Of course, Humberto believes this advice will be to talk like Pepe Le Pew and grow out his hair. In my mind, all I could hear from the words Gage offers is Gambit dropping the accent like an act and having the man to man with Humberto. It’s such a small touch to the script, but as I read it, I couldn’t help but to be tickled by the thought that perhaps Gambit’s accent is just an act to come off sexier to the ladies. Ultimately, it’s the adults that steal this show, from Wolverine wanting to get Hank back for tossing him out of the Quinjet in AvX, to Jocasta tasering violators of the rules that leaves her victims’ hair frazzled.
The entertainment value of this issue is among some of the highest I’ve read in a comic this year.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Fun, light, and pretty funny. Classic feel of two teams just getting together to have a spirited game of some sport as seen in some old Avengers annuals from my childhood.||The end of the issue kind of happens abruptly.|