Monday, April 15, 2013

Avengers #9

Did this title become a weekly while I wasn't looking? It seems like new issues are landing right on top of each other.

It's difficult to complain about getting more of one of the best comics in Marvel's lineup, but I worry that the Avengers creative team is going to suffer burnout.

There are no signs so far, as the story of the crossover between the New Universe and the classic Marvel Universe continues. In fact, this issue is a showdown between the two as we see the true effects the cosmic Builders have inflicted on the Earth, and what happens when a barely-in-control Starbrand uses his power unwisely.

It's up to the Avengers to stop this powerhouse - and it's a grim task with a surprising outcome.

The art is by Dustin Weaver and Mike Deodato - an interesting combination of two talented creators who are famous for meticulous designs and loads of detail. I really like their work here - it's loaded with energy and emotion, and features some creative and impressive layouts.

Once again, writer Jonathan Hickman stretches the story in unexpected directions, and offers teases for future events that promise to provide plenty of challenges in the future.

Just terrific work here - but please folks... pace yourself.

Grade: A


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