Review by: TheNextChampion

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Story by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Adam Kubert
Colors by Frank D'Armata
Cover by Dustin Weaver & Dale Keown

Size: 0 pages
Price: 3.99

Here are some lessons I learned from this issue of Avengers:

Lesson #1: I honestly have no idea who Hyperion is.

-It clearly doesn’t help that Hickman is using a completely DIFFERENT Hyperion from the other that exist right now. The origin for this version though is pretty interesting and Hickman sure knows how to write a Superman-like character. I particularly liked how Hyperion is mentored by a man while on a couch. Funny visual.

Lesson #2: You are going to love A.I.M.

-Love it that Hickman is sticking with his new version of A.I.M. That and he also continues to use the same members of A.I.M. including the one with the stutter. You don’t need to read his FF run to like these guys but as a dedicated reader of his it’s a nice touch of continuity.

Lesson #3: Do not rush a Kubert.

-We all know how legendary the Kubert family is and how talented they are. So it is a real shame on how rushed and uneven Adam Kubert’s pencils are in here. I’m sure he had some leeway when he got the reigns for this book but there are still a lot of bad panels here. Characters are uneven, some layouts are a bit confusing, and even though I’m repeating myself here it’s hard not to see this was rushed. Marvel clearly doesn’t want ANOTHER Avengers book be constantly delayed but a man like Adam Kubert can’t do a bi-weekly, or even monthly, book on time as we have seen lately. There are some touches of brilliance here especially with the one sequence of Hyperion being pulled into the 616 Universe. Maybe having someone ink Kubert’s pencils for this short run would be appropriate to reign in on some of these pages.

Summary: Uneven art hampers what is a pretty good introduction to yet ANOTHER Hyperion. I’m glad Hickman is going to use several one-shots to introduce some of these more ‘unknown’ characters for his Avengers run. Adam Kubert is a great artist but clearly he took a lot of liberties to get this out on time. That does not bode well considering this book’s schedule is bi-weekly.

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 2 - Average

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