The Avengers has been one in every of Marvel’s title that has had numerous ups and downs early on in its launch schedule. However even with a few of its downs Jason Aaron has made the Avengers return to being one in every of Marvel’s premiere titles. The Avengers collection has not been this partaking since Jonathan Hickman’s unimaginable run on the franchise. With Avengers #700, the tenth problem of this collection, Aaron set-up a number of issues as characters like Agent Phil Coulson and the Squadron Supreme made their return. Now with this stuff happening prime of all the things the Avengers have been coping with how will the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes reply? Let’s discover out with Avengers #11.
Author: Jason Aaron
Artists: Ed McGuinness and Cory Smith
Inkers: Mark Morales, Scott Hanna and Karl Kesel
Colorist: Erick Arciniega
Story Score: three Night time Women out of 10
Artwork Score: 6 Night time Women out of 10
General Score: four.5 Night time Women out of 10
Synopsis: Someplace Phil Coulson talks to somebody about how he as a child he idolized the Captain America however since his demise through the superhero conflict (Civil Struggle II) he has grown up and is aware of he has to guard the nation from the Avengers.
Over at Avengers Mountain Captain Marvel grills Ghost Rider on his Hell Charger automotive whereas additionally ensuring he continues learning on their villains. Ghost Rider tries to say one thing. Captain Marvel shortly shuts him down reminding him that whereas he did save the world from the Ultimate Host it was his first time doing that and he has a variety of expertise he wants to realize. Captain Marvel then leaves Ghost Rider to proceed learning whereas she goes off to a gathering.
Elsewhere, Thor and Jennifer Walters are on a date within the Savage Land. Whereas Thor is having fun with seeing dinosaurs battle Jennifer isn’t as entertained.
Within the Eden Room of Avengers Mountain Black Panther holds an Worldwide Tremendous-Summit with heroes from different nations gathered. In the course of the assembly Black Panther guarantees to offer his allies with all of the assets out there to him with a purpose to fight the risks in the direction of Earth. Sunfire wonders what it’s going to take for a rustic to be an ally of the Avengers Chairman. Black Panther says he needs to keep away from the SHIELD’s errors and needs to construct a help community for all heroes by way of the Avengers.
Everybody shares their doubts given Black Panther’s previous actions as King of Wakanda and Namor’s current assault. Ursa Main brings up the occasions in Alaska and the way there isn’t a illustration from the USA heroes at this assembly, not even Captain America. Ursa Main then tells Black Panther to kiss his ass inflicting some to chuckle.
Again within the Savage Lands after some awkward silence Jennifer decides to teleport residence.
Elsewhere, Agent Coulson burns one among his Captain America buying and selling playing cards in entrance of somebody. The individual says they work for Common Thunderbolt Ross, which means they’re on the identical aspect. Agent Coulson says he is aware of the individual is working for Black Panther and shoots the individual within the leg for it.
Again within the Avengers Mountain’s Eden Room Ursa Main grows annoyed with the assembly and costs at Black Panther. Black Panther shortly has Ursa Main teleported again to Siberia.
Black Panther reveals to the others that he knew Russia didn’t intend to be an ally since they despatched Ursa Main slightly than Crimson Dynamo to this assembly. Sunfire asks Black Panther concerning the occasions in Alaska. Black Panther reveals that Namor attacked a Roxxon Oil Drilling Platform however have been stopped by somebody that he’s nonetheless not conscious of.
Again within the Savage Lands Thor tries to cease Jennifer from leaving. Jennifer is aware of that Thor needed so far She-Hulk not her. Thor says that isn’t true and his intentions have been to get to study Jennifer, the individual behind She-Hulk. Jennifer transforms into She-Hulk and tells Thor to cease speaking. They then kiss.
Again within the Avengers Mountain’s Eden Room Black Panther says whereas he doesn’t know precisely what went down in Alaska he is aware of that america authorities not sees the Avengers as an ally. He goes on to say they need to uncover what’s going on earlier than the world is about on hearth.
Elsewhere Agent Coulson says because of telepaths on employees they know that when SHIELD folded the individual he has captive went to work for Black Panther. Agent Coulson then reveals the Squadron Supreme of America are those that stopped the occasions in Alaska and that the Avengers will discover out about them on their phrases.
The one that is captive is confused at why Agent Coulson is appearing in the best way he’s. Agent Coulson calls the individual out on making an attempt to behave naive simply to purchase themselves time. The individual says they might’ve escaped ten minutes in the past however hoped they didn’t need to kill Agent Coulson. Agent Coulson says the individual isn’t allowed to be the hopeful one.
Agent Coulson then kills the individual with a shot from his gun. He then says “God Bless America.” Finish of difficulty.
The Good: Avengers #11 is a pure set-up concern. There was not much more to this problem than setting the stage after Agent Coulson and Squadron Supreme of America secretly made their presence recognized to the Avengers. All of this arrange causes Avengers #11 to solely achieve success if correctly adopted up on in future points because it doesn’t standalone by itself.
The opening scene of Avengers #11 highlights this reality as a result of Phil Coulson returning as a undercover agent for america has a variety of potential. It’s utterly totally different from the position followers are used to seeing Agent Coulson serve within the mainstream. On the similar time that is the primary time that within the comics that Agent Coulson has proven a definite character fairly than simply the traditional pure babyface he has been. That is one thing that the Marvel Universe does want since SHIELD shouldn’t be round and each Nick Fury and Maria Hill have been MIA for a number of years.
Aaron can also be doing a very good job giving Ghost Rider his personal sub-plot because the rookie that everybody is taking underneath their wing. It provides the reader an trustworthy funding on this model of Ghost Rider since we’re seeing Captain America, Captain Marvel and Iron Man attempt to mentor him in several methods. Getting recommendation from a few of the biggest heroes within the Marvel Universe will assist Ghost Rider’s progress. It’s additionally a great set-up for a much bigger second down the road for Ghost Rider to make use of all his classes and expertise alongside his powers.
Black Panther assembling well-known heroes from different nations is a brilliant approach to evolve the thought of the Avengers being Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. In any case having that sort of title should imply that they work to make sure the world is protected. And with how the world goes proper now, particularly with occasions like Civil Struggle and Secret Empire within the Marvel Universe, the hero group must be united by way of some community. Black Panther establishing that additional emphasizes this reality and places a highlight on how the Avengers will work just a little in a different way beneath his management in comparison with when Captain America or Iron Man have led the workforce.
Whereas Avengers #11 was affected by some inconsistency issues when Ed McGuinness was the one engaged on the pages the story shined. He notably had an excellent search for each Thor and She-Hulk. He maximizes the long-lasting appears of each characters as two bodily imposing characters even within the quiet and tender moments.
The Dangerous: For all the great that Avengers #11 does in establishing the longer term there are an equal quantity of issues, if no more, that hold it again from reaching its full potential. A type of issues comes from how dialogue heavy this concern is. The whole thing of Avengers #11 is exposition after exposition. There isn’t any type of motion to interrupt up all of the dialogue that Aaron rights. This creates a little bit of a boredom with what is claimed as a result of there are a number of pages the place it felt that panels have been only one massive dialogue field and there was no precise artwork to reinforce what was stated. That distraction from the artwork takes away half of what makes comics such a robust medium.
This particularly harm the path Aaron is establishing for Phil Coulson and the Squadron Supreme of America. Justice League jokes apart, having Agent Coulson clarify precisely each little motivation for the brand new established order of the Squadron Supreme didn’t assist put the staff over. With only a wall of dialogue to place them over there’s little or no to the believability of the Squadron Supreme being a serious menace. Particularly in case you aren’t conversant in who they’re, of which I’m one among them, there’s nothing connecting the reader to them.
Agent Coulson’s plotline was additional harm by the truth that we by no means discovered who he captured. The individual was a anonymous grunt who was not essential sufficient to be given a reputation or view of their face. That made the truth that Agent Coulson killed him for being a double agent working for Black Panther not have the influence it ought to have.
It will’ve been a serious asset to getting the Squadron Supreme over throughout Avengers #11 would’ve been seeing them in motion. We by no means obtained to see that since there was just one fast nonetheless of one of many Squadron Supreme members in Alaska. It will’ve enhanced Agent Coulson’s lengthy rant to have him speak over issues that Squadron Supreme are doing underneath the USA authorities orders. With out that Agent Coulson simply sounded extra like a ranting psychopath than he ought to have been.
Additionally due to all of the exposition there are a number of character portrayals that fall utterly flat. A type of characters is Captain Marvel. For as nice as a personality Carol Danvers is Avengers #11 didn’t assist construct a case for her being one in every of Marvel’s most compelling heroes. As an alternative she simply comes off as a jackass who simply tells others what to do after which leaves. That’s proven with how she runs down Ghost Rider for not learning after which telling him that she doesn’t have time to stay round to show him the ropes so she simply leaves. Including in how she simply unnecessarily talks smack about different heroes doesn’t assist construct her case of being a hero Avengers followers ought to spend money on.
Avengers #11 can also be introduced down by the extremely bland course of the romance between Thor and She-Hulk. Aaron has rushed this romanced utterly. There was little or no construct to make the reader consider that this can be a romance to get behind. As an alternative this utterly comes off as a fling and nothing extra.
What hurts much more is that this has now turn out to be the main target of each nice characters. Fairly than persevering with to develop Jennifer Walters’ arc as she goes away from being She-Hulk to only the Hulk we get this romance angle. In doing so it’s robust to get behind why she is not going by She-Hulk. For the long term, it’ll be a lot better if Jennifer’s energy improve was given extra of a spotlight as there’s lots of untapped potential on this sub-plot that Aaron has created for her.
With how a lot time was devoted to explaining issues it was odd that there was no signal of what Captain America or Iron Man have been doing. Despite the fact that Black Panther created an excuse why Captain America and Iron Man weren’t on the Tremendous-Summit it felt low cost. Displaying a quick panel or two of the place Captain America and Iron Man the place would’ve been very useful in displaying how stretched the Avengers are with every little thing they’ve on their respective plates.
Whereas Cory Smith’s paintings was not dangerous there was far to typically in his portion of Avengers #11 that he tried to match McGuinness artwork type however by no means full accomplishes that. Due to that there have been a number of panels have been characters look totally different from what they have been beforehand drawn. It was notably problematic through the Black Panther Tremendous-Summit the place character designs have been very totally different from one panel to the subsequent.
General: Avengers #11 is an instance of a comic book that had numerous potential that sadly finally ends up falling flat. The heavy exposition that fills nearly each panel turns Avengers #11 right into a little bit of a chore to learn. It doesn’t assist that there are a number of Avengers who’re harm by the dialogue they’re given. Hopefully with all this set-up out of the best way Jason Aaron can now focus the collection on the subsequent huge storyline.