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Review of Mighty Avengers 10 (3.5 stars) March 17, 2008

Posted by lotrking in Comic Book Reviews.
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Overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

This was a very fun issue, if you didn’t take it too seriously. It starts with the Sentry waking up in an alley and wondering where he is. He learns that he is in NYC, and runs into the “early Marvel” version of himself. (I use quotations because he really isn’t an early Marvel character, but he has been retconned to be. For those who are lost, don’t ask me to explain, it’s too complicated, just go read the first ten issues of New Avengers). These confusing circumstances lead him to think he has once again gone crazy, and he of course freaks out. It then cuts to Doom and Tony fighting for a while before they forge a truce to get back to the futu – I mean, back to the present. This fight scene, though brief, was quite well drawn on Bagley’s part, and is full of the fun explosions that have become a staple of Mighty Avengers issues. Just as Tony and Doom seem like they are going to work together, the Sentry shows up, beating on Doom, and wanting him to put the world right. Doom retaliates with magic, this furthers messes up Bob’s mind, and leads Doom to discover that Bob is crazy. (Anyone else think this is a very bad thing? Let me reiterate: Doom, one of the world’s most powerful villains, has learned that the world’s most powerful superhero is insane. I think he will definitely use this to his advantage one day. Maybe not in this arc, but it’s coming, mark my words.)

These three finally realize that the only time machine they can use is in the Baxter Building, and the only way to get to it without endangering the future is by having Bob get them there. (Why? ‘Cause everyone is going to forget the Sentry existed before he resurfaced in NA #1. This is one of the few examples where a retcon that has already happened is redressed in a good light. Kudos to you, Bendis!) So after another fun fight, this time between the Sentry and the early Marvel Thing, the three are able to return to the future, but as soon as they get there, Doom has vanished. Carol flies in trying to warn Tony and Bob of something, Bob flies to meet her, and Tony is caught in a huge splash page explosion. (See? I told you explosions were a staple of Mighty Avengers!) Is it just me, or does Bendis enjoy trying to kill Tony? Anyways, my predictions are that Doom was somehow able to send himself back a few minutes before Tony and Bob showed up, and that the explosion was magical, which is why Tony wasn’t able to sense it in time. How did Tony survive? I dunno, I guess we’ll just have to wait until next time.

So, as I said, a very fun issue, the throwbacks to the early 70s style of art and page setup were great for nostalgia (even if I wasn’t born then), and the in-house ads at the bottom of each page were funny. But, (a HUGE but) while these things were enjoyable, they bring a huge question into this issue: when did it take place? The art was reminiscent of the early 70s Marvel comics, but this issue clearly couldn’t have taken place in the 70s, that would acknowledge that most Marvel characters would be in their 50s and 60s by now. So I’m going to assume that since comics are always “silently retconning” their stories to be more modern, that this issue took place in the “early Marvel” time period when it would have to be in order for today’s comics to fit. This means that this issue probably took place in the middle to late 90s. Yes the internet was around then, but not wireless, which would explain why Tony’s armor could not connect. Likewise the other problem is everyone worrying that they will change the future. Clearly Bendis forgot to read Messiah Complex or McDuffie’s last arc of Fantastic Four, because any changes would simply create a new timeline or be corrected by the robustness of the current timeline. Oops. It is because of these two inherent continuity questions that I gave this 3.5 stars instead of 4. Otherwise, it was, as I have said twice now, a very fun issue.

Please leave comments!

-LOTRKing

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1. dylan555 - March 17, 2008

I agree, it was a great issue. They’re finally doing some sweeping, interesting things with this book.

2. J. Hunt - March 17, 2008

I thought it was great! Makes me sad that Bagley’s moving to DC. Brilliant, old-school fun in the way that Bendis is occasionally accused of being unable to do. Iron Man and Doom are brilliant characters to play off one another, and throwing the Sentry in the mix made it all the better. Definitely my favourite Mighty Avengers issue so far!


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