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Review of Mighty Avengers 16 (2.5 stars) July 23, 2008

Posted by lotrking in Comic Book Reviews.
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Overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

We only learn two things this issue. Skrullektra was the darkened person in New Avengers #1 who hired Electro, and Skrullektra’s death in New Avengers #31 was likely part of the plan, and not accidental. Aside from these, the almost-entire story features Elektra versus various Super-Skrulls. She kills most of them, but one is finally able to kill her by sneaking up on her after she is fatigued from the multiple battles. That’s it. She fights, she kills, she gets killed. The end. All those who were hoping that Elektra was safe somewhere in a Skrullian prison will be saddened. To the rest of us that don’t care, this issue won’t mean much. Luckily, Khoi Pham is an expert at visual storytelling (even if his faces look a little weird), otherwise this would be a burden to read. If you haven’t already bought this, you might as well not waste $3 and leave it on the shelf.

It really annoys me that Bendis is using Mighty and New Avengers to tell back stories from his Secret Invasion, simply because he is in charge of these two titles. Usually, the stories within have little or nothing to do with the Mighty or New Avengers, so why put them in their books? He could have easily condensed everything so far into shorter back stories and thrown them in special edition Secret Invasion tie-ins. Many of Marvel’s other current books are featuring stories that take place before SI (Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Captain America, X-Men, etc), why couldn’t we have had some more Avengers stories until SI was over? *sigh* As cool as the event is in its main title, I’ll be glad when it is over so MA and NA can go back to the teams they are about.

-LOTRKing

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