Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Luke Ross
The most recent run of “The Mighty Avengers” has been a lot of fun to read. I really enjoy all of the characters involved in the story and the writing has always been great. “Captain America and the Mighty Avengers” was the team’s relaunch after Sam Wilson (previously The Falcon) took over after Steve Rogers got old from this metal stuff. It’s confusing, don’t think about it too much. The name seemed an unnecessary change, but if it keeps this book on the shelves then I’m happy.
Recently the team has been reeling from original sin. Especially concerning the inverted Captain America and Luke Cage. Sam Wilson and Cage spent the first three issues inverted and were basically acting like crazy people, while inverted Luke Cage attempted to sell the company to Cortex Inc. Thankfully it didn’t go through due to some legal stuff, and Captain America acting almost like the Punisher.
In the previous issue it is revealed that Jason Quantrell, CEO of Cortex wasn’t exactly human. He has spent this entire run using unexplained powers to do some pretty nefarious stuff. In this issue it is revealed that the original Jason Quantrell accidentally unleashed the Beyond Corporation upon earth. The Jason Quantrell that we see now is some type of alien member of the Beyond Corporation. For those of you that have never read “Nextwave Agents of H.A.T.E.” the Beyond Corporation was a terrorist cell who mostly fought against the Nextwave team. It does seem that this Beyond Corperation has grown more powerful since their Nextwave days. It is strange however since Nextwave is considered to be out of continuity, an issue that I’m sure will come up very soon. It should be noted that Spectrum was a part of Nextwave.
Seriously if you haven’t read Nextwave do it.
The issue begins with Quantrell telling how the Beyond Corporation arrived on earth and revealing that they have unleashed a plague upon the earth. It seems that this plague is the symbiotic creature that took over White Tiger and Power Man in the previous issue. As the ground team (Captain America, Kaluu, and She Hulk) arrive on the scene they are faced with the horror of what these creatures are capable of. It seems like the Mighty Avengers are facing a threat larger then what these street level heroes are used to and it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. I have to say Luke Ross did a great job on making the pages involving Jessica Jones and Luke Cage disturbing. I felt genuinely terrified when I first turned the page.
Overall, this issue was enjoyably fast paced. I didn’t feel like there was a single slow moment in the issue and I can’t complain about the writing. This issue was a bit more serious, but it still had those awesome character description boxes to keep the humor.One complaint is that Spidey made a joke concerning Luke and Jess that felt like it was too much, even for him.
The art was average, there would be pages that would be really well drawn, but then you would have some that seemed lazy. I had a problem with the faces they just seemed off, but I thought the action was well drawn so I suppose they even themselves out.