Review by: akamuu

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Avg Rating: 4.0
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Story by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by John Romita Jr. & Scott Hanna
Colors by Laura Martin
Cover by Jim Cheung

Size: 0 pages
Price: 3.99

Frank Cho drew a beautiful zero issue for AvX, and Brian Michael Bendis didn’t bring the story up to the level of the art. That all changes with this issue.

If you’ve never liked Bendis’s writing, odds are this won’t be enjoyable for you either. But if you liked Avengers Disassembled but felt increasingly let down recently this might the issue that at the very least reminds you why you kept coming back to his stories.

I frequently talk about pacing in my reviews because I don’t like giving a synopsis of a comic but I do like to talk about the storytelling. I love the flow of this for the first issue of an event book. Opening scene shows the threat. It’s quickly identified by a portion of the cast. We flash to the pro or antagonists (depending on which side you’re on for this event…I enjoy that this series is being written as a whole bunch of people with good intentions whose leaders are power controlling douches) and their realization of the threat. And at the close, we’ve got the leaders standoff turning into the violence that’s implied in the name of the series. Blam. This isn’t a set up for a story that’s going to ramp up in issue four. This is part one, and the gloves are off, thrown down, and in some cases Snkted.

Bendis’s take on Wolverine in this issue is great. And I can’t wait to see how they handle Beast when they get to that.

The one drawback for me is Romita’s art. It’s a personal thing for me. The man can draw. I make no claim that he’s bad at his art. He’s not. I just don’t like it. I do like this more than I liked his work on Kick-Ass or The Avengers rererererelaunch a couple years ago. But I sitll don’t love it. The faces are just too cartoony for me. But if you don’t include the faces, I do love the way he drew fight scenes and the straight ahead paneling of this issue lends itself well to blockbuster storytelling.

Story: 5 - Excellent
Art: 3 - Good


  1. Nice review man

  2. I liked your review, I would really love to see an ASM 683 review, seeing that it is on your pull list 🙂

    • Thanks.

      I haven’t read ASM since The Gauntlet. And I really want to read the new issues, but I’m far behind on the series AND read a crapton of comics already tonight. If I want to catch the last train home, I’m going to have to leave the store without reading it. Maybe if I get up early enough tomorrow, though.

  3. Oh okay thanks and happy reading:)

  4. Good review, man. I like Bendis’s earlier stuff so I might give this a try.

  5. I am simply stunned that this has 100 or more fewer pulls than Swamp Thing and Animal Man!

    Really, even given the tastes/demographics/whatever of iFanboy, it’s stunning that Marvel’s “biggest” or “most promoted” event ever is having trouble cracking 1000 pulls. I remember back when the big event books (Secret Invasion, Final Crisis, Blackest Night, etc) would always hit that mark without much trouble. Especially their #1 issues.

    • Well, Marvel has consistently kicked their fans in the teeth when it has come to crossovers the past few years. Given how the last few events have been rated and reviewed on this site it looks like fans have finally put their money wheir their typing fingers are and decided not to buy it.

      If this series continues to be good (and that’s a huge if), then that will be a shame.

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