Saturday, January 25, 2014

Avengers #25

   OK, give this issue of The Avengers credit - it wasn't what I expected.

   The cover features the original Avengers team - Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk, Ant-Man and the Wasp. So it was natural to assume it was some kind of time-travel story - which, given the fact that the original X-Men have traveled to the present and are starring in the All-New X-Men, seemed a bit overdone.

   Thankfully, writer Jonathan Hickman doesn't take the obvious path here - in fact, it's more in keeping with the story that's been running through the New Avengers.

   But it's an unsettling turn of events (including a surprising death) that promises big things - and some serious confrontations - in the issues ahead.

   As always, Salvador Larroca provides strong visuals, with some powerful nuance as the story takes an unexpected turn.

   Hickman continues to maintain an amazing mastery over several complex stories at once - yet he never loses the reader (well, as long as you're paying attention). Great stuff!

Grade: A-


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