The Avengers #1: The Final Host
Written by: Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness
Art by: Mark Morales
Colors by: David Curiel
Cover by: Ed McGuinness, Mark Morales, and Justin Ponsor
What You Need to Know:
The Avengers as we know them are no more and have not been an officially established group of heroes(at least the versions we are most familiar with) in some time. They give you a brief recap on why that is as Cap, Stark, and Thor have all had some very controversial yet polarizing changes to their established status quo within the last 2 years. Touching up briefly on Tony’s Comatose, Secret Empire, and Unworthy Thor. Even reference Robbie’s current retcon origin/relaunch and even a little easter egg to the original formation of the Avengers originally back in the 60’s.
What Just Happened:
To keep things simple, the book opens with an awesome introduction to the B.C. Avengers(it helps if you don’t call them or think of them as The Avengers) they have a great lineup and cast of characters. The roster is very impressive but honestly as much as I want to read a solo series with them headlining it, the entire intro isn’t really needed and doesn’t add too much to the overall story aside from some background and context to what’s going on in current time. Which could have been explained without the flashback. As cool as it was it’s just not a needed scene. Point is a situation begins to occur which requires an immediate response to it. Hence reuniting The Avengers.
Honestly, not a lot really happens. The highlights are of course the factor of getting the trinity back but with that being it. We are not getting Hulk, Ant Man, Hawkeye, Wasp, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Vision, etc. Point is, I’ve been saying for months now that this whole run feels just like a massive course correction because Waid’s run/lineup wasn’t beloved, but I loved that first arc and I loved the possibility it left open to potentially do more with that team. Just for Marvel to cop out and go back to the basics. No Surrender, from what I’ve been hearing, does give them an fitting and worthy send off, but right now Occupy Avengers lineup is almost looking better. Outside of the main 3, I’ve never really been fond of Robbie as a character and never really connected with him. That being said, I am a bit biased that his inclusion here not only feels random but a bit unnecessary. I also have not been the biggest fan of the current direction for Jennifer Walters and having her introduction scene being some stereotype misogynist cliche walk towards her with his only motivation being to get her in his bed just to show off her instability doesn’t give me much hope as if there was no other way you could have showed that off. The artwork is fine; great in some areas, but honestly it’s just not my preference. It mostly just comes off looking like watercolor, which I guess is the point but again not bad just not for me. Aside from that, though, T’Challa, Carol, and Strange even out the roster and honestly you could have just ended it there and I would have been fine with that. I think that might have actually made for a stronger roster. That being said, despite this being a massive backpedal on Marvel’s part, Jason has been knocking it out of the park with his recent Thor run, so if anyone can get the Avengers back on course it is definitely him. The best thing to come out of this, of course, the return of the main 3 again and as a lifelong Avengers fan while that is sort of a bittersweet feeling seeing them come back I can’t help but wonder if depriving others the chance to build on the established name and make their own version of team out of it(Waid) is a step backwards. Either way any Avengers title will always be a promising one.