The Avengers, Volume 2 (The Avengers, Volume IV #2)
Marvel's super-secret brain trust has reunited because someone is trying to put the Infinity Gauntlet back together. Who is it and will the Avengers be able to stop them in time? And what does any of this have to do with the Red Hulk? Plus, is there a little romance brewing? Another blistering blockbuster chapter from Marvel's premiere...more
Steve Rogers: Hey, Tony. How are you doing?
Tony Stark: Not too bad. You wanted to talk about something?
SR: Yeah, I do. Take a seat. I just wanted to let you know that I was initially a little leery of putting you on this team of Avengers.
TS: I understand. After all ...more
What do you do when you start a series called “New Avengers”? Dredge up old storylines of course! Brian Michael Bendis goes back to Jim Starlin’s “The Infinity Gauntlet” for this new iteration of the Avengers to play out. The Hood (yup, really) has bribed his way out of Ryker’s Island and made it to the secret kingdom of the late Black Bolt to acquire the first of the Infinity Gems – powerful stones that, once all 5 are collected together, form the Infinity Gauntlet, an item of incredibl ...more
I continue to enjoy Bendis' writing - even though it's continuing on this path of more serious, more earnest writing. There's lots of thought and backstory put into each storyline and it's clear Bendis takes this job seriously, not phoning it in (at least not on this book).
JRJr is harder to pin down my opi ...more
And I think Bendis mus ...more
The storyline also brings the Red Hulk into the heroes' fold ...more
(My ONE criticism would be the horror I felt when I read the in the Precap about the Red Hulk. I hate who he supposedly is, and it almost ruined it for me. Amongst ALL the things we comics readers are supposed to allow for in the category of "suspension of disbelief" I had a particular problem with this one.
And it scratches the raw nerve of how the Hulk has never resembled (being a mutated version of) Bruce Banner.
Am I right?
Am I Right???
Once I got over that ...more
Also, the story was good and well-executed. Romita Jr.'s art is fantastic (I particularly love the way he draws Steve Rogers and Thor).
When Strange is the focus of attention, the books feel flimsy and lightweight, they lack depth and passion.
And yet give the Avengers an equally kooky, off-the-wall, kinda tale, and it feels tight, solid, action-packed. As if Bendis knows what he's dealing with.
And that's when the Marvel universe rocks.
Here we have Cap n Tony falling out because Cap didn't know that Tony and a select group of chums had gone and hidden the Infinity Gems in various sa ...more
What I thought it was about: The Avengers learn about a new Hulk who wreaks havoc in New York, but it isn't Bruce Banner. Who is this new Red Hulk? And what is he after?
What it was really about: The Infinity Gems get stolen one by one, and Red Hulk seeks help from the Avengers. The identity of the Illuminati becomes public, and Steve Rogers isn't happy about it. And a villain from the New Avengers returns.
Compared to the previous ...more
Hi there!! Me again. Just an FYI: this review will in no way sound as smart as yours. I won't remember everything or what led up to what or who everyone is, but that's ok. Right? I mean, it's cool for you to remember it all and for me just to tag along, I think. Just keep in mind that I read these for fun. And in my opinion, that's what comics are all about. But since these are graphic novels... well.... I'll be over by the punch if you need me :P
A review from a no ...more
Still not a big fan of the ...more
Those who are comics/graphic novel fans/who-cares-about-labelling will e ...more
Bendis does good dialog, and pulls in a lot of his (and others') older concepts in an imaginative fashion. Romita's art has gotten progressively blockier over the years, but it harnesses the power of the combatants just great.
I can't say this Infinity Gem saga matches up to, say, the "Infinity Gauntlet" mini-series. This is more of a slug-fest than psychodrama, an exerci ...more
From the wonderful folks at Comixology, this one covers the disappearance of Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman, and features a butt-load of Avengers, all working to find her. It's fun to see so many teamed up, but you dilute what each can contribute when you have so many...
The head of SWORD (that Green Haired Chick that used-to/might still date Beast) shows up to explain that Jessica went missing, and it's up to them all to find her.
She's been taken by some of the big baddies ...more
The Hood is after the infinity gems. The illuminati is no longer a secret to the rest of the heroes. And the Red Hulk helps out.
An ok story.
I might add The ...more
You have former members from other teams like the X-Men and The Fantastic Four. You have former soloists like Spider-man.
The issue isn't that the Avengers is no longer exclusive. It's that it's difficult to incorporate everyone into a storyline in a meaningful way. You basically have a lot of characters that are making an appearance on the pages, but either hardly saying/doing anything or nothing at all.
Maybe I'm the only one bothered by ...more
I've never been shy of criticizing his work at marvel, but this story really rocks it. Fun, epic, well-drawn and with some serious conflicts and changes for the heroes. Plus, we get a return of the Infinity Gems and (view spoiler)[Thanos drawn by JR Jr. (Though the cameo is not what you may think.) (hide spoiler)] He even manages to make me not annoyed by Red Hulk.
Finally, it seems that this book is being written by the ...more
Though he started as a writer and artist of independent noir fiction series, he shot ...more