Friday, November 22, 2013

Avengers #23

   As the Infinity storyline draws closer to the end, the Avengers title is all about wrapping up loose ends and setting up the final issue of the mini-series.

   The menace of the Builders has been eliminated, so the team is returning to Earth to deal with the invasion forces led by Thanos - which means the team and its armada of allies must fight a battle in orbit.

   The story brings together the Guardians of the Galaxy and an assortment of alien allies in a battle to recapture The Peak, a giant space station that can help defend the Earth - if the team can get control away from one of Thanos' powerful generals.

   What follows is a brutal battle - and I have to admit I got a big smile out of seeing which Avenger ends up being the last one still standing in that fight.

   It's another powerful chapter by writer Jonathan Hickman, although it's a chapter that isn't really indispensable - but it has some nice character moments, and does its job, paving the way for the final issue of Infinity.

   So far, this has been a terrific series - one of Marvel's best in quite a while. Can't wait to see that final confrontation with Thanos!

Grade: A-


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