Avengers 280 - An Appreciation Apr 30, 2013 11:41:26 GMT -5
Post by wundagoreborn on Apr 30, 2013 11:41:26 GMT -5
Wow, I just re-read this issue, entitled "To Serve No More," last night. Possibly the most interesting comic book in which so little actually happened?
The actual events of the book consist of Tony Stark having a brief visit with Jarvis in the hospital, Jarvis thinking a while and then calling Tony back.
Not the stuff that makes a gripping read, usually. But I found myself so sucked in again. Years of familiarity and affection for Jarvis make the fact that he has suffered a recent trauma at the hands of Hyde arresting.
When Jarvis begins to run through his memories of his years of service to the Avengers, the book could have easily settled into the rut of being a ‘clip show.’ But Harras writes it so each memory is an opportunity to show something new about a character – a fresh angle on Cap’s isolation, a window into Vision’s emotional life, possibly the most real and believable look we got at the emotional impact of Hank & Jan’s relationship on those who were loyal friends to them both.
Jarvis can talk about the emotional costs of herodom on the heroes in a way they could never do in conversation without sounding whiny or self-pitying. Harras successfully mines years of investment in character development of writers who preceded him and distills it into stand alone gem.
My quibble would be that the title needed a question mark. It sets us up to believe Jarvis makes a decision to quit. The added oomph that gives to the momentum the story itself develops toward his getting out and the added punch it gives to his change of mind are not worth how manipulative it seems after it’s over.
Minor, non-powered character. No action. No exotic setting. Single issue story. Today’s industry has positioned itself in a place where it’s almost impossible to imagine this kind of book getting made.