Monday, August 1, 2011

Avengers Academy #16

I've mentioned before being a big fan (ha!) of Giant-Man, so I'm glad to see him getting a turn in the spotlight both in Avengers Academy and in the quite-good Disney animated series Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

He certainly has a major challenge to overcome here, as he faces two members of The Worthy, the Absorbing Man and Titania, both of whom have been powered-up by the magic hammers provided by The Serpent (as per Fear Itself).

Thankfully, writer Christos Gage knows how to write a smart character like this - it's not easy, especially when that hero is badly outmatched in the power department. But this is exactly how I expect Giant-Man to behave, using his considerable intellect to outwit or outmaneuver the bad guy.

As much as I loved the first half of the comic, the second half - well, not so much. It focused on Veil's attempts at saving a girl and her Mom during the attack on Washington, DC - and it was more or less a repeat of what happened last issue to Mettle.

I like Tom Raney's art a lot (inked here by Andrew Hennessy) - he has the Marvel "hyper-action," over-the-top battle sequence style down pat, and he's working on a mass destruction scale here.

Avengers Academy is consistently one of the best of the Avengers books, but it's a little out of its element as it slogs through this event. I look forward to a return to "normalcy" (whatever that is).

Grade: A-


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