Review by: TheNextChampion

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Story by Ed Brubaker
Art by Mike Deodato & Will Conrad
Colors by Rain Beredo
Cover by Mike Deodato & Rain Beredo

Size: pages
Price: 3.99

We’re suddenly getting close to the end of an era with this series. Ed Brubaker has done a great job making this a fun and interesting title to read each issue. Sure it hasn’t been perfect and sure the premise of a ‘covert Avengers’ seems to have been lost. But hey, nothing can always be perfect. It will be interesting to see just how Brubaker is going to wrap up his run and still have some sort of closure to it.

Well there definitely seems to be an end of an arc to the John Walker situation, or at least until the next two issue arc. This is just one big fight scene and Brubaker paces it pretty well. It’s nice to see this team go all out for once and not fight as a separate team. Although I will admit that once again, War Machine and Ant Man seem to be here just when the plot needs it. Maybe the team does need a bit a trimming once Nick Spencer comes in. Overall though this was a lot of fun to read and also to look at.

Yes, Deodato’s art really hit a good stride with this issue. Which is good considering it’s also his last issue on the series. It’s still not perfect, we do get some funky faces and disturbing smiles in this in panels. But once the action really heats up it’s hard to notice it. I mean the full page spread of Rogers, Widow, and War Machine falling to their targets is really beautiful to look at. Even I’ll admit there are some good digital effects in here like the Prince of Orphans going through a panel like fog. It’s still nothing like the quality we got from the first arc from Deodato. But this is definitely improved from the last couple of issues.

We still have two more issues left of Brubaker’s run but it does feel like an end of an era for the book. Some plot points are resolved but others are left dangling for Spencer to continue. It’s just a shame that Brubaker couldn’t be on this book for a little longer. I really enjoyed this book because it did shock me on how more fun of an Avengers book this was in comparison to the other Avengers titles. Who knows? Maybe Spencer can still make this a fun read with his issues. As for now though, I’ll try to enjoy what little Brubaker I have left in my comic reading life.

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 4 - Very Good

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