Monday, May 22, 2023

"Avengers," #1 Gives Us a Stupendous Start for the Newly Relaunched Series

Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness (with some other artists too) had been doing the, "Avengers," comic since 2018 and that's quite a good deal of time in this era of comics where a book can be canceled or relaunched within six or so issues. Jed Mackay and C.F. Villa are taking over for a new run now, however, and I'm not surprised it starts so strongly. I expected this to be a good debut issue because Mackay is a stellar writer (he's been killing it over on, "Moon Knight," and did a number of superb, "Black Cat," books to name some recent work). C.F. Villa is a superb artist as well, having worked with Mackay most recently on, "Black Cat," in addition to other stuff like, "X-Men." I'm pleased my expectations were met and surpassed.

A whole lot has been happening in the Marvel Universe and Mackay doesn't avoid it or perseverate on it. As Carol Danvers AKA Captain Marvel assembles her team a variety of things all the characters have been through get mentioned and clearly inform why The Vision or Black Panther might be joining the team, but whether you've followed a solo series or recent event or not, you'll be set as Mackay is setting out to tell a new story while also respecting the recent and longer-ago past. Hence, the book alternates between Carol assembling her new Avengers team, them being stuck in a huge battle, and a little jump forward in time that involves a classic Avengers foe who maybe is at the end of their metaphorical road.

If I'm being honest, I have not read a dedicated," Avengers," title for years (besides occasionally checking out an issue here and there). I followed the Avengers-related books religiously back during the era of, "Civil War," "The Initiative," and, "Secret Invasion," but then started to fall off the books quite a bit ago. This first issue by Mackay and Villa definitely piqued my interest and has me thinking I"ll be picking up an, "Avengers," book again for the foreseeable future as long as they're doing it!

5 out of 5 stars.

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