Saturday, July 14, 2012

Avengers Assemble #5

I thought this comic was designed to link the Avengers film with the Marvel Universe - using the team lineup from the film while keeping the story with regular continuity.

But as of this issue of Avengers Assemble, that idea seems to have flown, and it looks like this series is actually set in the reality of the film - sorta.

There are two events that indicate that. The first is depicted right there on the cover, as Hawkeye and the Black Widow find time for a serious smooch. In the Marvel Universe, Natasha is in a relationship with Winter Soldier, and Hawkeye is "dating" Spider-Woman.

The second event is the team's reaction to an attack last issue by Thanos. This issue focuses on a meet-and-greet between the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy (who are apparently in line to star in an upcoming film), and that cosmic team explains about the menace facing the Earth.

For some reason The Avengers don't seem to know much about Thanos (or is that just my reaction to the explanation for those who came in late?). It seems odd, since they've faced off several times. But if this is the movie Avengers, that would explain the confusion.

At any rate, the issue features the usual terrific dialogue by writer Brian Bendis (especially Rocket Raccoon) and terrific art by Mark Bagley.

This is a bit of a slow issue, as it involves lots of exposition and setting up the gathering of the two teams - but it looks like this story will really bust loose next issue.

So bear with the creative team while they put the game piece in place - should be lots of action next time around to make up for it.

Grade: B


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