Monday, October 30, 2017

U.S. Avengers #11 Review - Marvel Monday

U.S. Avengers #11

Writer: Al Ewing
Art team: Paco Diaz, Jesus Aburtov
Marvel Comics
Release Date: October 25, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

“What The Hell Is Going On Around Here”

Well it's as good a time as any to jump in and check out this series, you know with a fresh Legacy recoating on it, why not right? Now, hand up, I admit I know next to nothing about these characters, and have paid zero attention to this title since its release so this is a bare bones summary and thoughts type thing going on here. Lets see what we got with this rag tag group of so called Avengers shall we.

The issue starts with Cannonball in custody of some wealthy people from an outer space planet on a place called GlenBrook, a Pleasantville-esque town. Mr. Mason, Cannonball’s current watcher, frees him and fills him in a little bit on what's in store for him, before he's interrupted by Ritchie Redwood, who will be a reoccurring character reminding Mr. Mason and everyone of their ‘role’ going forward. Cannonball begins wondering WTF is going on around here and I'm in the same boat already.  

On the K’Katu space vessel, the rest of the US Avengers team regroups, looking for the lost Cannonball.  Red Hulk, Iron Patriot, Squirrel Girl, and Enigma contact Smasher who can track a chip implanted into Cannonball and locate him. The team mulls over some drama with Red Hulk before being interrupted by an attack on their space vessel. These attackers are revealed to be 1920’s space gangster pirates able to travel at warp speed amazing De Costa and the rest of the crew.

Back in Glenbrook, Richie tries to pass this place off as a typical American town to Cannonball who isn't buying his pitch. They meet up with a group of ‘friends’ on the scene, some of who take turns having trouble staying in character, pissing Ritchie off again and worrying everyone. Cannonball having enough of not having any answers he feels are legit takes off from where the group stands. I'm with him at this point.

While Cannonball flies off Richie yells for Bif, a friend of his, to go get Cannonball and to make it hurt. Well if you’re wondering just how Bif will do this he appears to have some powers because we see Cannonball quickly confronted by an amalgam character of various X-Men who appear to be Bif at the same time shooting Cannonball down.

Back at the invasion at the vessel, the mobsters of various forms attempt to storm and try to overtake the ship. Red Hulk hits his Hulk button and Hulks out taking the fight to the bigger problems at hand. The other Avengers chip in to take down the invaders and capture what looks to be the big cheese in charge of the mobsters and try to get info from this fake Dick Tracy actin bad guy.

Checking back in on Cannonball he's captured and beaten in a jail of some sort. Out of nowhere he is confronted by a group of characters who I have no idea who the hell they are as the issue concludes.  

Overall, this was a difficult series to jump in cold too and with little to no attachment to any of the characters, on top of a story that was completely unlikable I don't see myself sticking around to see this arc through to its conclusion.  The humor, and overall story as a whole, is a little too tongue in cheek for me to enjoy, something I'd expect out of a Deadpool mini series or solo type book, not something with Avengers in its namesake. I usually love Al Ewing's work but this totally missed the mark for me.

The saving grace of this issue is its art team of Paco Diaz and Jesus Aburtov who present this title with some of the best looking art I've seen on a Marvel title in a long while.

Bits and Pieces

This Legacy issue is a barely comprehensible story for newcomers, too goofy to be carrying the Avengers title on its cover, while providing little to no answers within its pages about our villain and why we should care about this situation anybody find themselves in at all. The art present in this title deserves a story worth being told that just isn't here.


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