Fear Itself: Avengers Academy (Avengers Academy #4)
During his dark reign, Norman Osborn attempted to mold super-powered teens to further his twisted agenda. so the earth's Mightiest Heroes created the Avengers Academy to reverse his influence on these impressionable heroes. but what happened to the young men and women who weren't enrolled? Will friendship bloom or will fists fly when this year's Avengers Academy students m...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published March 21st 2012 by Marvel
(first published October 1st 2011)
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This book gets off to a slow start with its Sinister Six and dot-one issues, but it really proves itself (again) with the Fear Itself crossovers. In fact, it manages to make better use of the themes and events of the crossover than the main book did, as was the case with X-Men and others. We get great characters moments for Veil and Mettle, great action, and a real turning-point for the Academy. I’m sorry this comic has been cancelled, but I’m anxiously looking forward to the end.
I didn't read any of the other Fear Itself books (spoiler IDEK what that is and I didn't even look it up on Wikipedia and you can't make me, MARVEL) but I still thought this was a really solid Avengers Academy book. I liked that we got to see the kids really being tested and having consquences and figuring out what they wanted to do in the world.
I've not read any other 'Fear itself' titles, but I don't think you have to for this volume. The trainee avengers finally have something awful to deal with, it will change all of them forever. There's some really nice character bits, and some major plot twists. A good, engaging read.
One of the tests of a great superhero writer is continuing to maintain the excellent individual voice of your book.when dragged into a shitty crossover. Gage passes that test with flying colors in this volume, introducing fascinating nemesis Jeremy Briggs, continuing to explore the psyches and powers of the kids and instructors alike, building on the redemption of characters tarnished by other writers and doing it all while traipsing through one of the stupidest, weakest crossover plots Marvel h...more
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