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Review of Mighty Avengers 17 (2 stars) August 27, 2008

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Overall rating: 2 out of 5 stars

As my long time readers may know, I’ve been complaining about the lack of story in many of the Avengers Secret Invasion tie-ins. However, those lacking in story at least have the saving grace of being somewhat relevant. This issue, not so much. Unless I missed something extremely significant, this issue has not importance whatsoever. The summary is as follows: Skrull-Pym tries to convince Skrull-Dugan that the invasion will not work; Dugan doesn’t listen and has a bunch of undercover Skrulls attack Pym. That’s it. If this had beautiful art, I might say that it was not a complete waste, but as it is, the art is fairly mediocre. Save yourself three bucks, and don’t pick this up.

Believe it or not, I feel bad when I write an extremely short review. I usually try to keep these things between 300 to 500 words, so that you’re not reading an essay, but at the same time, not reading two or three sentences. But when I’m given an absolutely empty issue, I can only give an absolutely empty review. Sorry again for the shortness, check back tomorrow for some regularly scheduled reviewing.

-LOTRKing

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

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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

Review of Mighty Avengers 14 (4 stars) May 21, 2008

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Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the Sentry, but only when he is done right (which is why I loved World War Hulk). Lately, Bendis has just been using him as a big Deus Ex Machina, so I’ve been rather annoyed, but finally my faith has been (somewhat) restored. The story opens with a Sentry flashback to before the “forgetting” showing Bob’s first run in with the Skrulls who at this time were launching an attack on the Baxter Building. Bob stops them and is injured in the explosion, later to be saved by Reed. We then jump ahead to before the Civil War where Skrull-Jarvis collects information about the Sentry and presents it to the other Skrulls who debate what they should do about him. After a while, they come to the conclusion that there really is nothing to do, and they just have to hope that his insanity will keep him out of their plans.

Finally, the story jumps to the battle being fought in Secret Invasion 2 where the Skrull-Vision morphs into the Void to essentially scare Bob away. Bob is so frightened at the thought that he is causing the Skrull invasion that he flies to the rings of Saturn just to be alone. A lot of people may take this as a sign of weakness and “wussiness” and be annoyed, but I see this as another great example of his character. To me, the Sentry is an extreme example of what a Marvel character could be. Back in the days of Stan Lee, he tried to make Marvel characters more interesting by giving them flaws, how much more flawed and interesting can you get that by making potentially the most powerful person on the planet extremely mentally unbalanced? We didn’t know the Scarlet Witch was crazy, her actions seemingly came out of no where, but in the case of Bob, we know he’s insane and that he’s a ticking time bomb. As the Skrulls note, Tony does not know what to do with Bob, so he’s doing his best to make sure that he never reaches a “Disassembled” level threat. Call me crazy (pun intended), but I find this extremely compelling.

The very last thing we see is the Skrull attack in New York as a Super-Skrull invades the Watchtower and is about to attack Lindy when a shadowed caped figure flies in and beats the crap out of the Skrull. It is then revealed that the Void has returned, he claims he is here to do that which Bob cannot, and he intends to protect Lindy. It looks as though the Void may actually do something good for a change, and with any luck we may see him help to turn the tides in Secret Invasion.

-LOTRKing