Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Avengers #33

Any comic book writer who manages a long run on a single title is bound to have some hits and misses, and Brian Bendis has managed more of the former than the latter.

The "End Times" story wraps up his run on The Avengers, and he's going out on a strong note.

He does that by bringing back the "original" team - Thor, Iron Man, Giant-Man and Captain America (perhaps the Hulk was busy) - and sending them on a mission to a mysterious world to rescue an old friend (who shall go unnamed here).

There's loads of sharp dialogue, some comical bits, battle sequences and interaction between some old friends. I can't talk too much about the story without giving key points away, but it's sort of a throwback issue to a better time in comics.

The art is a real treat, too, including the Brandon Peterson cover and the interior art by the always-excellent team of Terry and Rachel Dodson. Great layouts, powerful character designs, and sexy women - gotta like it.

It's really just a basic superhero tale - an adventure is a strange land, some fighting, good friendship, a difficult opponent to face and a smidgen of romance on the side. A great mix and a fun story.

If only there were more comics like this one!

Grade: A-


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