“Who Needs S.H.I.E.L.D. When You Have Wakanda?” (Avengers #12 Comic Review)

Avengers #12 Comic Review

Writer: Jason Aaron

Artist: Ed McGuinness & Cory Smith

Colorist: Erick Arciniega

Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit

Cover: Alan Davis, Mark Farmer, & Jim Campbell

Variant Cover: Phil Noto

The Agents of Wakanda

“Who Needs S.H.I.E.L.D. When You Have Wakanda?”

What You Need to Know

The most powerful team of Avengers in recent memory needs a powerful support staff. With S.H.I.E.L.D. being out of commission, T’Challa recruits operatives with the best resources Wakanda and Avengers Mountain have to offer. The prospective agents may be out of the ordinary, but they sure are a force to be reckoned with.

What Just Happened

T’Challa meets with Jarvis in Avengers Mountain and asks his advice in identifying recruits for his support staff. T’Challa begins his recruitment in Timbuktu by meeting with Gorilla-Man who accepts the offer. Next in Wakanda, T’Challa meets with and recruits The Wasp. T’Challa then meets with Okoye and dubs her the director of his operatives even though she is less than impressed with the names he has provided to her.

Okoye travels with Ka-Zar over the ocean and tasks him with infiltrating Atlantis to see if Namor is preparing for war with the surface world. Ka-Zar dives into the ocean with only his loincloth and knife despite Okoye’s offer to use some Wakandan tech for his mission. Back on Avengers Mountain, newly dubbed Chief of Security Gorilla-Man freaks out and what looks like a Brood invasion occurring. T’Challa intervenes and informs Gorilla-Man that his latest recruit; Broo will be I.T. for the mountain.

In space, The Wasp is fleeing while vampires try to pierce the hub of her ship. The vampires are trying to get to Morbius, who The Wasp is helping escape. Broo responds to The Wasp’s distress call and directs to another recruit of T’Challa’s: John Jameson aka Man-Wolf who assists The Wasp in defeating the vampires.

T’Challa meets with Odin, who serves as T’Challa’s unofficial advisor, in Old Asgard. Odin informs T’Challa that a vampire civil war is brewing between a vampire known as the Shadow Colonel and Dracula. Other recruits are revealed in this issue as American Eagle, Dr. Nemesis, Fat Cobra, and Agent Solomon who is investigating the War of the Realms. T’Challa explains to the rest of the Avengers some of the intel he has received regarding Atlantis and the vampire civil war. T’Challa then states the team needs to add a new member, but before he can finish his statement, Blade introduces himself as the newest member of the Avengers.

My Thoughts

This was a very fun issue that gives the spotlight to characters that have not been given the opportunity to shine in recent years. T’Challa using his vast resources to recruit skillful agents around the world is the type of move a King would make, especially with S.H.I.E.L.D. falling. I appreciated that T’Challa is the type of leader who knows how to delegate and turn to others for assistance and advice. I enjoyed the appearance of Jarvis in this issue and his brief appearance showed why he is so important to the Avengers. I’m looking forward to seeing Okoye in her role as director of the Agents of Wakanda. I feel that all of the characters T’Challa recruited are put in to rules that will allow these characters to shine. Gorilla-Man as Chief of Security, Broo (!!!) as I.T., and The Wasp seeming to be the top field operative. I didn’t realize how cool it would be for Ka-Zar to be a stealth operative. Ka-Zar is pretty hardcore.

Ed McGuinness and Cory Smith continue to do a great job with their artwork even in a more subdued issue with less action. Gorilla-Man and Broo look awesome and their take on Blade makes him look like the ultimate vampire slayer. Erick Arciniega’s colors pop off the page.

This issue takes a jarring shift with The Wasp fleeing vampires with Morbius. Where did they come from? How are they in space? That was kind of weird to me. Cool Man-Wolf appearance though. Odin being T’Challa’s adviser will surely lead to some fun interactions in the future, as Odin is not one to bite his tongue and T’Challa backs down to no one. The upcoming vampire battle is being heavily foreshadowed in this issue and I am looking forward to it. The War of the Realms is also alluded to in this issue, which makes sense with Aaron writing it and with the first issue dropping in March. Also, FINALLY we see Blade playing a major role in a comic book series. It’s not his on ongoing, but it’s a good start. Hopefully he becomes a permanent member of the Avengers.

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Marcus Freeman

Marcus Freeman

Bay Area bred, LA livin Blerd. Avid fan of comics, video games, music, wrestling, the Lakers, and the 49ers. Constantly catching up on DVR’d TV shows. Spends a little too much money at movie theaters. Also passionate about serving my community and providing the youth with tools for success.
Summary
This issue is highly enjoyable with the addition of multiple characters that have not been allowed to shine in some time. T’Challa wants eyes everywhere, and the King of Wakanda has the resources to do so. An already powerful Avengers team has become even stronger. Next up: vampires?
Good
  • Spotlight on characters who don't get to shine
  • Broo!!!
  • BLADE!!!
Bad
  • Story shifts so much it gets kind of distracting
8.8
Great
Story - 8.5
Art - 9
Character Development - 9
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Bay Area bred, LA livin Blerd. Avid fan of comics, video games, music, wrestling, the Lakers, and the 49ers. Constantly catching up on DVR’d TV shows. Spends a little too much money at movie theaters. Also passionate about serving my community and providing the youth with tools for success.

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