Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Avengers #14

One of the real challenges of having an Event is managing what happens in the regular issues of the comic starring the heroes involved.

Sometimes the writer plays with time and sets the stories before or after the Event. Sometimes the comic can focus on sidebar tales that are related to the Event but don't directly affect it (that was the strategy with the Avengers titles during the Secret Invasion).

Sometimes the title ties directly in, and that's what's happening with The Avengers as the series uses a time-hopping documentary interview to give us glimpses into the past, present and future of the Event, while that action portions tie directly into the Event - in this case, Fear Itself, natch.

So the majority of this issue is given over to the horrific battle between The Thing, who has been possessed by an evil Asgardian hammer, and the Red Hulk, who has a chance to prove his worth to his new team.

It is, as they say in wrestling, a true "slobberknocker," and a real treat for action fans. The story is by Brian Bendis with art by the returning team of John Romita, Jr., and Klaus Janson.

It's a powerful tale with more than a few shocks. There's not a lot of story there - it's mostly a throwdown between heavy-duty powerhouses - but that's a solid Marvel tradition that's always entertaining.

As tie-ins go, it's a good one. Not a lot of deep thought, but lots of action and destruction on view.

Grade: A-


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