Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Avengers #21

   The band They Might Be Giants has a wonderful song called “Particle Man,” which takes a lighthearted look at battles between assorted mythic figures, including Triangle Man and Universe Man (“Size of the entire Universe, man”).

   The song comes to mind with the latest issue of The Avengers, as the focus falls on Captain Universe, Marvel’s most mysterious cosmic hero.

   Originally created by Bill Mantlo and Michael Golden, the hero could be any character, as the cosmic power of the Captain somehow possessed different individuals, granting them awesome - and temporary - powers.

   But the character appearing in Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers is a bit different. The human side is almost completely subsumed by the cosmic being, who seems to know a lot more about the epic conflict than anyone else.

   She also gets to demonstrate the true depth of her power, as we finally start getting some hints about the reason the Builders have decided to destroy so many planets.

   Again, this isn’t a series for the faint of heart - there’s a lot going on here, as the battle rages on a galactic scale - but what a rewarding challenge to untake!

   Highly, highly recommended!

Grade: A


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