Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Avengers #3

   Time travel's always a tricky story element. One wrong move and the story unravels.

   And The Avengers are in the middle of a particularly gnarly story. I'll take a shot at a recap: to get revenge on an earlier attack, the Vision traveled in time and kidnapped Kang when he was a baby and took him to a safe place.

   Future Kang doesn't like this, so he (and his temporal counterparts) go back in time and eliminate the Avengers when they were babies, destroying the team.

   Only the team managed to survive, thanks to a benevolent version of Kang's future self - but their survival may not last, unless they can find a way to undo the damage done - and beat Kang for good.

   Which brings us to this issue, wherein the new (and delightful) Wasp is given the task of setting things right while the rest of the team is duking it out with several alternate Kangs.

   It's a fun story by Mark Waid that plays fair with the time travel concept and - as far as I can tell - hasn't made a mistake yet.

   I'm a little bit on the fence about the art by Mike del Mundo. It's amazing work, visually stunning - but sometimes it's difficult to follow the action involving so many characters in the swirl of color and motion.

    But that's a minor quibble. The story is building to a frenzied conclusion - how difficult to wait a month to see it!

   (Where's that time machine when you need it?)

Grade: A-




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