Avengers #27 Comic Review
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Ed McGuinness
Inker: Mark Morales
Colorist: Jason Keith
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: Ed McGuinness & Val Staples
Variant Cover: Nick Bradshaw & Rachelle Rosenberg
Starbrand Reborn Part One
Riot In The Prison Galaxy
“I’ve Got a Bad Feeling About This”
What You Need to Know
The Avengers return from the horrors of Hell, only for their next mission to send them to vast reaches of space. The Starbrand has returned, and the Shi’Ar Imperial Guard needs assistance in containing it. What is the Starbrand doing in Shi’Ar space? Who is the new host for this immense power?
What Just Happened
In Shi’Ar controlled space, Gladiator receives a report stating an explosion occurred in a gigantic prison holding trillions of prisoners. A Dreadnaught ship was sent to investigate and communication was cut off as soon as the ship arrived. A lone escape pod returned from the prison carrying 2 crewmen who were starburned and dying. The explosion is said to have come from a transport ship carrying new prisoners. Gladiator is informed that a member of the Brood stowed away on the escape pod.
Gladiator interrogates the Brood and the Brood informs him that “pretty space birds bring fire that will brand you”. The Brood then threatens Gladiator and Gladiator proceeds to execute it. Gladiator decides to investigate on his own. Gladiator leaves instructions on whom to call if he does not make it back from his investigation.
A day after, on Avengers Mountain, Blade is hesitant to journey to space, while Robbie Reyes is giddy. Robbie explains that Captain America has informed the team that they are going to space. Cap has brought in Black Widow to assist on the mission, which is investigating the space prison. Black Widow states her time with the team won’t be permanent. Black Widow asks about Iron Man and Cap states he does not know where Tony disappeared to but Black Panther will be staying investigate. T’Challa is shown investigating the cave and fossilized helmet that Iron Man was investigating before he disappeared. Captain Marvel notes that She-Hulk was outfitted with a new uniform that was built to harness her gamma energy.
In the present, Captain America records a log stating that their mission failed. Cap notes that they’ve shipwrecked for 3 days and have been losing oxygen and power. Cap notes they are dealing with scavengers from the prison, and they are losing team members. The Brood has infected Thor. She-Hulk is fighting off the scavengers that try to take the ship. Captain Marvel has found a ship emerging from a white hole that used to belong to the Starjammers. The white hole triggers Captain Marvel’s Binary form. Thor succumbs to the Brood infection and attacks Cap.
Ghost Rider tries to contact Cap but cannot get a signal. Black Widow and Blade are along with him and a red sun has burned Blade. Ghost Rider’s Hellcharger is being chased by the Silver Surfer and Ghost Rider is unable to shake him.
A lot happens in this start of a new arc for the Avengers. The team heads to space to assist Gladiator and the Shi’Ar with investigating an explosion at a galaxy-sized prison in Shi’Ar space. Meanwhile, Black Panther stays behind to investigate Iron Man’s disappearance. I appreciate that Jason Aaron wastes no time by diving deep into this new arc and throwing his team of Avengers into another wacky adventure.
I first want to note how cool it is to see Gladiator front and center in an Avengers book. We’re used to seeing Gladiator in X-Men and cosmic books, but seeing him be a badass in an Avengers book is awesome. Gladiator mercy killing two of his soldiers, and executing a mouthing Brood shows he still isn’t anything to mess with. I hope we get to see Gladiator cross path with the Avengers before the arc ends.
There have been some interesting changes happening to the Avengers so far in this arc. She-Hulk has a new uniform designed to handle her power, Thor has undergone a bizarre transformation, Captain Marvel’s power has fluctuated in a familiar way, Ghost Rider, Blade, and Black Widow are on the run from a herald of Galactus. I’m hoping that Black Panther is able to figure out how Tony could be zapped into the past. A Black Panther and Iron man team up in prehistoric times would be awesome.
My only gripe with this issue is the lack of details showing us how the Avengers got into this situation. They are shown leaving for space and then the issue fast forwards to after the ordeal they’ve undergone. I felt like I missed out on a lot of information that I hope Aaron reveals in the next few issues.
Ed McGuinness makes a welcome return to this Avengers book with this issue. McGuinness’ larger than life style works well for an outer space adventure. Characters like Gladiator look great illustrated by McGuinness. She-Hulk’s new design is also a standout. Mark Morales’ inks and Jason Keith’s colors work together to bring McGuinness’ art to life. The inks and colors create a very dark and ominous look to Shi’Ar space.