Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Avengers #5

Time travel stories (and the usual paradoxes therein) are as common as fist fights in the Marvel Universe, so kudos to writer Brian Bendis for coming up with a new and different temporal angle in the latest issue of The Avengers.

We find the team split into two factions - one trying to maintain some semblance of order while time fractures around them, and the other team jaunting off to the future to try to find the reason behind the fracture.

Along the way they meet some (shall we say) interesting individuals and discover there's a lot more to the problem than they realize. To reveal more would be too much of a spoiler, but there's a timeline that you'll want to study - it offers some tantalizing glimpses at the future of Marvel Comics.

As always, the art by John Romita, Jr. and Klaus Janson is terrific - a powerful look at Marvel's most incredible characters.

If you haven't been reading up to now, you might as well wait for the trade collection - but if you've been following along, you know what a hoot this story is.

Grade: A-


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