So it’s come to this: the culmination of the Avengers Standoff event! The story comes together for an ending that brings most of the hanging plot threads to a satisfying conclusion, while holding the door wide-open for Marvel’s next event. Spoilers for the entirety of Avengers Standoff after the jump.
The penultimate entry in the Avengers Standoff event, Captain America: Sam Wilson #8 is a solid issue that provides some important final notes before the impending showdown. It makes sense, as Nick Spencer, who is also writing the main Pleasant Hill books, pens this issue. Spoilers begin after the jump.
New Avengers #10 jumps back into the narrative right where New Avengers #9 left off: with a giant robot fighting a giant monster. It’s a solid conclusion to the most cohesive arc offered by any of the tie-in books. Spoilers begin after the jump.
With an emphasis on characters and character dynamics, Uncanny Avengers # 8 offers another solid chapter in the ongoing Avengers Standoff saga. While the events of this book do propel the overall Pleasant Hill narrative forward, the real attraction here is the competent character development and the deft character interaction. Topped off with a dash of humor, Uncanny Avengers delivers again. Spoilers begin after the jump.
These days, superheroes are the main attraction in comics. Given the commercial success the genre has demonstrated at the box office, it’s hard to imagine that will change any time soon. However, it’s worth remembering that the early days of comics were largely defined by two genres: crime and horror. The Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. mines Marvel’s horror history and combines it with the modern superhero team to create a fun book that feels fresh (even when it isn’t). Spoilers for The Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #6 begin after the jump.
In the Marvel Comic Universe, Advanced Idea Mechanics (or A.I.M.) was an evil organization devoted to world domination through scientific and technological means. An offshoot of Marvel’s other evil organization, A.I.M. was Hydra’s science division until it split from Hydra over political reasons in the 1960’s. Over the decades since, the minions of A.I.M. have frequently donned their yellow protective suits and caused all sorts of pseudo-science related problems for our heroes, from mind control experiments on Mockingbird to the creation of both the Cosmic Cube and M.O.D.O.K. (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing – listen, these guys just love acronyms). While viewers of the MCU may recognize A.I.M. from Iron Man 3, where it was the organization founded by Aldrich Killian that developed Extremis, the new face of A.I.M. will surprise movie viewers and comic readers alike: with a new name and new stated purpose, A.I.M. has become the foundation for the New Avengers. Spoilers for New Avengers #8 begin after the jump.
Here’s the thing about superheroes: sooner or later, they’re going to have to throw down with each other, even when they’re both on the same side. This can come across as organic in the hands of a skilled writer, and can it can be very fun to read or watch as a fan. For some characters, it’s a way of life — a large part of Deadpool’s schtick is based on his throwing down against other superheroes. And for those matchups that seem exceptionally difficult to justify narratively, there is even a tradition of “what if” stories, where writers are free to put characters in conflict with one another without fear of consequence to the overall story. Let’s get ready to throw down with the All-New, All-Different Avengers – spoilers for #7 begin after the jump.