Monday, 27 October 2014
Speaking The Unspoken...
Something to be said about those Inhumans, they always leave their mark. And sometimes that takes form in new Inhumans on the Earth or sometimes it can be a banished Inhuman king, like the main villain in this story, The Unspoken. A character so bad, so crazy and so powerful, Black Bolt and the royal family took it upon themselves to erase his name and all his history from Attilan. Damn, that's harsh. So needless to say, he wakes up more then a little bit cranky and ready to take over the world with his banned Inhuman machinery. With an omega level threat on hand, you need only one team...and the help of as many other teams as possible, but mainly, the Mighty Avengers! From the creative team of Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-man), Christos Gage (Avengers:The Initiative), Khoi Pham (X-Factor) and Sean Chen (Nova) comes The Mighty Avengers: The Unspoken! This hard cover collects the five issue of this story from Mighty Avengers #27-#31 and also includes various different Avengers making an appearance as well, including one of my personal favourite teams, the Young Avengers! This book takes place during the Dark Reign in the Marvel universe, and this Mighty Avengers team is led by Hank Pym, with team members; Quicksilver, Stature, Vision, Amadeus Cho, US Agent, Hercules and Jocasta. And also infiltrated on this team is Scarlet Witch, who is actually Loki, up to no good as always. Every now and then, you want something different. That's what you get here on this Mighty Avengers team, a very diverse cast of characters who don't get enough panels or pages, it's a nice welcomed change from the usual Avengers cast. But more importantly, is it any good? Let's find out..
What I did enjoy about this book, was seeing all the characters I love in action and working together. I am a really big fan of characters like Quicksilver, Speed, Kate Bishop and pretty much the entire Young Avengers team. But even seeing characters from Avengers: The Initiative was really cool as well, and you even get to see a Chinese super hero team that includes Radioactive-man, though he doesn't look as cool as he did back in that Warren Ellis Thunderbolts team. It was a really refreshing read to see these characters in action, because it's a shame when they collect dust or get written badly. The book does have a classic Avengers feel to it, especially having Jarvis back and with a new Avengers Mansion headquarters as well and plenty of team up kind of attacks. This is a great fan for the classic and new teams, it has something for everyone. When I think on how I would approach an Avengers story, this feels like it should be, lots of characters teaming up together against a great threat to the planet. So I was pleasently surprised by Dan Slott's writing, especially since I know him mainly for solo character books, like both Superior and Amazing Spider-Man. The art in the book while not mind blowing or anything like that, it does a good job with all the battle scenes and collections of the various different characters on a page at a time. It reminds me of John Romita Jr's run on the Avengers title, and it plays well in the whole classic feel to it all. By no means does it damage the story or legacy of the Avengers. But I also need to say, the look on the covers is absolutely fantastic work, Especially issue 29 ans issue 31, the Scarlet Witch/Loki one looks gorgeous!
So a great Avengers adventure, that doesn't feel weighted down by gloom and darkness but with enough battles and clashes to remind us what we love about super hero team ups in the first place. And while the collection is cool, check it out if you get the chance. By no means however is it a must read, but it's a fun little collection. If you do find a copy of Mighty Avengers #29 though, pick that one up, the cover alone is totally worth the price.
Well that's all the time I have for now, I am still working away on Glass Prison, so be sure to follow me here and all social media for small and big updates and everything in between. It's not easy balancing work and trying to make a comic book, but I do my best. And I do have fun sharing these reviews with you guys, whenever I go to my local shop and pick up my titles, it's great to look through all the classic books and pick some of these up. I highly suggest everyone do that, because as great as the new stuff is (AXIS is pretty hype and holy crap did you read Batman #35), it's always cool to give older titles a shot. You never know what you might find. Well that's me for now, keep chasing the storm.