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Review of Mighty Avengers 8 (3.5 stars) February 1, 2008

Posted by lotrking in Comic Book Reviews, L O S T.
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Overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Bagley’s art continues to be pretty good. Of course, it’s not as good as Cho’s was, but I’d take Bagley’s art any day if it means no release delays. And I certainly enjoyed Bagley’s take on this scene much more than Yu’s. The only real complaints I have are minor: one, I wish he wouldn’t draw Tony’s real eyes instead of the normal yellow lights, it really takes away from his technological look; and two, I wish he wouldn’t draw Ares with his helmet, that helmet should just go away altogether. Then again, that might be more of Bendis’ decision than Bagley’s.

The story was also pretty well written. We start with Jan getting some improved abilities (which was really just Bendis’ way of keeping Pym off the team) and then we pick up right where we left off. Fighting ensues and Jan, Natasha, and Jessica get “Venomized.” I get why Simon, Ares, and Tony don’t bond with symbiotes. And Bob kind of makes sense because he always has random useful powers. (He should change his name from The Sentry to Deus Ex Machina Man!) Carol’s is the only one that I don’t get. Skrullish behavior perhaps?

Moving on, while half of the Avengers try to keep the other half from destroying the city (gosh I’d hate to live in 616 NYC, that’d be a lot of destruction to put up with), who should appear but Luke’s group of underground Avengers? It’s times like this when reading New Avengers is both a blessing and a curse. If I didn’t read NA, it would seem a pretty big coincidence that both Avengers were in the same place at the same time, but since MA was behind schedule, I already knew everything that was going to happen in this issue.

We continue on to Tony breaking into the Baxter Building to use Reed’s lab, and while H.E.R.B.I.E. magically (or so it would seem) makes an antivirus, we see some interesting and relevant speculation on Tony’s part. After Tony disperses the aforementioned antivirus, we see him letting the New Avengers go. Again. Out of context, this action may seem out of character for someone who recently tried to trap them with a fake “not-dead” Captain America replica. But it really makes sense now that Tony knows the Skrulls are invading; he knows he’s going to need all the help he can get to stop this invasion, and there will be plenty of time to arrest the New Avengers once the invasion is stopped.

We end with Tony finding out the source of the virus (DOOM!) and assembled the Avengers to go attack Latveria. Which means that next issue we will finally have something new! In other words, my first complaint about this issue is that there was nothing new to anyone who reads New Avengers; but that is not really Bendis’ fault, as I’m sure he intended these issues to come out around the same time, so I consider this a minor complaint. My second complaint, somewhat less minor, concerns a Deus Ex Machina (no, not the Sentry). Iron Man uses H.E.R.B.I.E. to whip up an antivirus in a matter of minutes? Why hasn’t anyone done that for something important, like AIDS? Bendis really could have done something cooler. Heck, I would have preferred it if Dr. Strange pulled some antiviral rabbit out of his proverbial hat and magicked the Venoms all away. But what can I say; you can’t really analyze this kind of logic in comics before everything starts to fall apart, so I’ll accept it this time.

Bonus: LOST Easter Eggs: page two, panel one: “Remember Find815.com” is written on a post-it note on Jan’s board. Page three, panel two: there is an Oceanic Airlines sign. Page 18, panel one: “Find yourself” is written on a pole. Not really much to comment about these Easter Eggs, just pointing out their existence.




1. Brian - February 6, 2008

I’d guess Warbird was immune because of her ‘hybrid human/kree nature’ or such.

2. lotrking - February 7, 2008

That could be. I don’t really suspect her as the Skrull of the team anyway, it was just something that I found interesting.


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