Avengers by Hickman/Various, Spoilers! May 31, 2013 3:02:04 GMT -5
Post by tomspasic on May 31, 2013 3:02:04 GMT -5
It's a really good comic in my opinion.
Yes we are still mired in some glacially moving, impenetrable over-arching storyline that may seem pompous and obtuse.
Yes, one might argue that "not much happened" and that it's decompressed.
But this is an example of good decompression, of actually giving space to see who the characters are, and how they act.
Yeah, that's pretty much how I feel about this issue. It's a good character study, had some good moments from both Hyperion and Thor, Spidey-Ock's comments were funny, even Tony tele-commuting from deep space was decent.
But that it's tied in with this glacially paced story is what drags it down some. Another facet of Hickman's storytelling that I find annoying is the length of time taken between the various sub-plots. What is going on with Starbrand and Nightmask? How many issues before we learn what Shang-Chi's team accomplished? Will the appearance of the High Evolutionary here be followed up on in the next issue or next month's issue?
Sub-plots are fine and welcome, but at least touch upon what is going on with them each issue. I feel it will help immensely to read this title in TPB.
You are entirely correct. This is being not just "written for the TPB" but actually "written for the Omnibus". A monthly reader has a really hard time both remembering but also caring about those longer range plot points.
The shame of it is, with a freaking recap page every month, that they don't at least give a nod to all the balls in the air.
What about those weird Alt. Universe ships from a while back? Were those just flavour for the white event, or will that resurface?
I'm one of the people who actually really like this iteration of Avengers, but I'm not completely blind to it's faults, and probably it's main one is it's Omnibus-Pace.