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Story by Christos Gage
Art by Karl Moline
Cover by David Lafuente

Size: 0 pages
Price: 2.99

If there’s a term to be ambivalent about, it’s “Jumping On Point.” It’s nice to find comfortable places to start reading a series. And the Stan Lee “Every comic is someone’s first comic” is a noble sentiment (that I’ve already referenced in this week’s reviews), but sometimes I’ll take being mired in continuity, if it means a better story.

Avengers Academy #27 isn’t mired in continuity. I’ve read most of the Runaways titles, but I think I read one or two issues of Avengers Academy, and decided it wasn’t for me.

But the Avengers Academy/Runaways War sounded like a fun place to catch up with these characters. It did fell good seeing The Runaways for the first time in a couple of years (thought little seems to have changed with them), and I’m more interested in this Avengers Academy team than I was in their initial roster.

I’m always suspicious when a super hero book touts a gay character. Between the original Northstar Coming Out Punch Out fight sequence, and Marvel’s incredibly stupid naming of gay youth in the 2000s (Asgardian? Really? Anole? For real?)

Only knowing the character from this issue, it seems that the character Striker is, perhaps, not really gay, but using it for press leverage. I’ll take that back story over “sexually assaulted during youth, and now a gay drug addict” twenty-seven days a fortnight (yes, I’m aware of that math).

I also really enjoyed the interaction between Nico and Hazmat. If Gage’s characters sustain my interest in the next couple of issues, I’m going to have to go back and try reading this series from the beginning.

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 3 - Good

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