Avengers Arena goes for the jugular…
Avengers Arena #6
Now with the kids from Braddock Academy separated, breaks in that camp seem to be getting clearer. Bloodstone, Anachronism, and Nara carry on toward the prize waiting at the center of all the zones of Murder World. As pieces start falling into place that it’s not Death Locket’s doing that had Nara separated from Kid Briton and Apex, but Apex herself putting Nara into a more dangerous situation in a smaller group for having sex with her boyfriend, Kid Briton. Meanwhile, as Reptil, X-23, and Hazmat work their way to the prize, Hazmat steps on a landmine that excretes X-23′s trigger scent causing her to fly into a murderous rage with her comrades barely able to escape. When Kid Briton’s team and Nara’s team both reach the prize, things escalate between Nara and Apex forcing Kid Briton to intervene and cut Nara with his blade. In her defense, Anachronism acts by decapitating Kid Briton to Arcade’s delight.
I’m still not sure how much I really enjoy this series, but I gotta say, the last page showing that dickwad Kid Briton getting his comeuppance was awesome. What I also can say is that from a character standpoint, this series has done well. Hazmat seems to be more confident and worthy of leadership. Nico and Chase being left pretty much on the outside of every other alliance has them in a pretty bad situation. Death Locket’s real programming remaining a mystery that makes you wonder if she is being manipulated or if she’s acting out against what she’d really want to do. Then there’s this issue’s main trio of Anachronism, Bloodstone, and Nara that really comes to the forefront. The differences in their characters and the way they carry themselves or use what is available to them in terms of abilities is the real driving force here. These are characters that I really have no prior knowledge of before this series started but this particular issue went a long way in me liking these characters. Even Nara came off as somewhat endearing. Don’t get me wrong, she’s a bitch and a manipulator in her own right, but she came to the aid of two characters that would best be described as having weakness in either mentality or in physical strength. She very well may be just taking whatever company she has because even Bloodstone and Anachronism provide some safety in numbers, but nonetheless if she really wanted to, she could have let them drown when a tidal wave hit them. So whatever chords I feel this series has yet to really strike with me has been made up by having characters that I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed reading.
I’ve also really liked Kev Walker’s art in this series. He’s done a great job balancing lighter moments with much more serious and dangerous ones. The first part of the book is mostly a happier feel. Characters seem, for the most part, more relaxed or hopeful (except for Nara who is just pissed off). By the time the story shifts to Hazmat, Reptil, and X-23, things seem not so happy. In fact, things are really tough for them and it gets downright scary when X-23 is triggered into becoming a maniac. Overall he’s brought a real nice shine to the book that I’ve at least enjoyed looking at even if reading it has me on the fence.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Solid character work. Great last page. Walker’s art is definitely what I’ve enjoyed most in the series so far.||Still something nagging at me that can’t help me decide if I truly like this series or not.|