Sunday, September 16, 2012

Avengers Assemble #7

I have to admit, I don't understand the cover of this issue.

There's lots of cosmic hoo-hah type action going on here, and it does center around Thanos, one of Marvel's most deadly villains - but nowhere in this issue of Avengers Assemble does he hold (or do more than mention) the Infinity Gems.

The story so far is pretty simple - it all springs out of this summer's hit Avengers movie. The team (consisting of the members who were featured in the movie) have joined forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy (who will be starring in an upcoming Marvel movie) to track down Thanos (who had the briefest of cameos in said movie).

To slow down his pursuers, Thanos has unleashed an armada of the alien race known as the Badoon on our heroes, and there's lots of destruction (and improbable survival despite exposure to deep space) to go around.

We also see Thanos make unexpected use of the powerful cosmic object he has acquired - but what happens next may surprise even him.

I'm a big fan of artist Mark Bagley, and he turns in his usual outstanding work here - with great character depictions, lots of over-the-top action and easy-to-follow storytelling on display.

Next issue is the big wrap-up to this story, so we'll see if writer Brian Bendis can "stick the landing" (as they kept saying in the Olympics).

Here's hoping.

Grade: A-


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