Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Albert Avilla Reviews: Avengers #31
Review by Albert Avilla
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artists: Brandon Peterson & Mike Mayhew
This is the kind of Avengers story that I like – an elegant blend of action and drama. We open with an unknown Avenger (Could it, please, be the Wasp?) being chased by some alien types on individual flying apparatuses. This is one bad lady taking out the aliens with blasters and in hand to hand combat.
Back at the tower, the Avengers are chilling, except for the paragon of virtue, Captain America; he’s up and at them ready to face the bombardment from the media in the wake of the Phoenix Five crisis. Wonder Man shows up acting all bipolar and, of course, Cap is willing to help him. Then, the Red Hulk sneaks Wonder Man and the battle ensues. Wonder Man gets the Red Hulk in a sleeper hold and then it’s nighty-night, big Red. The mysterious Avenger (I hope it’s the Wasp) finds a way to broadcast her signal from inner space to the Avengers. The Avengers are going on a road trip to the Microverse.
Bendis has a great grasp of these characters; their personalities shine through. The touch of humor that Bendis adds to the story is refreshing. All around great action and exotic locales make for a good read. Avenger family drama satisfies our craving for the soap opera. Add in a mystery to complete the tale. Mr. Bendis is doing his best to go out with a bang.
The art is breathtaking. The alien landscape is awe inspiring as is the New York skyline. I’m amazed at how the artist can do such a spectacular job on both environments. The characters have a great look. Overall, the art was quite pleasing.
I rate Avengers # 31 Buy Your Own Copy. #2 (of 5) on the Al-O-Meter Ranking