Review by: Nick Fovargue

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Story by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Mike Deodato
Cover by Ron Garney

Size: 32 pages
Price: 3.99

As is all too often the case in the big events, the character work and the human moments that would give some meaning or emotional impact to the larger story take place in tie-in issues. This is one of two Bendis-written books this week that essentially is just one long conversation and while this probably isn’t the strongest of the two, it may very well be the best issue to come out of AvX.

Captain America calls the Illuminati together in the hopes of making a peace agreement with Namor and the issue mostly consists of the other members talking while they wait for someone only Cap thinks will show up. They disagree on what needs to be done, they blame themselves and each other, and they are clearly at the end of their rope. It is good drama, great men arguing, at a loss and growing desperate.

Deodato does well here. Frankly, his is not a name that jumps to the top of mind to draw an issue that is 90% talking heads but he pulls it off. The posture of each man speaks to their state of mind, from Tony’s slumped exhaustion, to Xaiver’s agitation, and Steve’s tense determination. It makes what could have been a very visually boring scene compelling.

Bookending the central scene you get a story of Cap and Namor, men who were once brothers-in-arms and now find themselves on opposing sides. Once again we have a Marvel event with heroes fighting heroes, friends fighting friends, and once again it takes a tie-in issue to show the humanity of that conflict.

Story: 5 - Excellent
Art: 4 - Very Good

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