Sunday, November 18, 2012

Avengers Assemble #9

It can be a bit dicey when a series brings on a new creative team - especially when they're replacing some of the best in the business.

That's the challenge facing writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist Stefano Caselli, as they take over Avengers Assemble from Brian Bendis and Mark Bagley.

I have to admit, I almost didn't pick up this comic, because I'm not familiar with the new team - but I'm glad I did.

It's not an incredible start, but it is a promising one, especially since the issue makes great use of something we don't see enough of these days - humor.

It sets up a challenge between Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, as they each team up with another Avenger and race to find an old "friend" who was last seen at a base in the Antarctic.

I like the art - Caselli has an original style with a lot of emphasis on the characters and expressions. He also has a great sense of design.

The only letdown is the actual plot, which is a bit spare so far - but the characterization is strong, and the interaction between the heroes is entertaining.

So far the new team is maintaining the high standards on this (relatively) new title. We'll see where it goes from here.

Grade: B+


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