Avengers #6 Comic Review
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Ed McGuinness & Paco Medina
Colorist: Daniel Curiel
Inker: Mark Morales & Juan Vlasco
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: Ed McGuinness, Mark Morales & Jason Keith
Planet of Pathogens
“With Our Powers Combined…”
What You Need to Know
The battle between the Avengers and The Final Host ends here. The Giant-Sized Avengers face off against Dark Celestials while the Horde wreaks havoc on the planet. The world is at the risk of shattering under the weight of this battle. This war is centuries in the making and the sins of the Prehistoric Avengers may have come back to doom the planet.
What Just Happened
This issue begins with the Marvel Universe reacting to the titanic battle between the Avengers and the Final Host. In the midst of battle, the Ghost Rider possessed Celestial, Iron Man equipped with the Godkiller armor, and Thor and Hulk powered up by the Tears of Ymir take the fight to the Dark Celestials. On the ground, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and Captain America battle the Horde. Doctor Strange matches magic wits with Loki. Ghost Rider eventually gains knowledge as to the identities of the Dark Celestials and their plans for Earth. Just when the Avengers think they may have turned the tides of battle, the dead Celestials who crash-landed on Earth, rise again as Dark Celestials to join the Final Host. The Horde overwhelms Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and Captain America. Ghost Rider’s rambling from being connected to the Celestial’s mind, allows the Avengers to realize that their only hope of saving the Earth is to combine their powers. The Avengers learn that the Celestials came to Earth centuries ago, but did not destroy the Earth, because the Earth would eventually be equipped with it’s own “immune system” or “antibodies”, i.e. super-powered heroes like the Avengers. The Avengers channel all their powers and knowledge into Ghost Rider to “cure” the infection of the Horde. The reborn Celestials freed of the influence the Horde; join the Avengers as they beat back the Dark Celestials. Loki laughs as he once again has a hand in forming the Avengers.
This new volume of the Avengers continues to be exciting yet very abstract. Whenever you include the Celestials in your story, high concept zaniness ensues. I enjoy the look and threat provided by the Dark Celestials, even though I still find it hard to be intimidated by the giant ants that made up the Horde. One of the best moments of this issue was seeing giant-sized Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, and Ghost Rider battle the Dark Celestials. Ghost Rider, in particular, was a central character in this issue, which is a strange but welcome change to an Avengers title. His possession of a dead Celestial is an incredible sight. I also enjoyed how this issue at times looked into the wider Marvel Universe to see how it was coping with the disaster. Jason Aaron showed how high the stakes were by showing how characters like Man-Thing and Gladiator reacted to this extinction level event. Now some of the aspects of this book continue to be a little complicated and high concept, but it still manages to be a fun and exciting read. Fun moments like seeing Loki get abused by another Hulk, Thor and Hulk’s budding romance, and the team banter brought a relief to the intergalactic doom and gloom.
Usually, I feel it is jarring when two artists illustrate one book, but Ed McGuinness and Paco Medina are too great artists and even though I’d rather see one of them illustrate the whole book, both were able to contribute without it distracting from the quality of the book. Ed McGuinness’ style was made for giant Avenger on the Celestial action. Paco Medina’s art worked better when focusing on the ground level avengers such as Captain America and Black Panther. The design of the Dark Celestials continues to look awesome. I’m excited to see what’s next for this unique group of Avengers.