Posted by:
Byron Brewer

Review: Avengers Academy #31


Personal freedom is the topic of discussion for students at Avengers Academy, and writer Christos Gage brings in to question the real importance of such an event as Avengers vs. X-Men in a really cerebral way. That makes Avengers Academy#31 a very unique side story of AvX indeed.

The teens of this school seem to see, logically and somewhat naively, the truth behind this skirmish between the Assemblers and our Merry Mutants, and Gage explains it in such a way that it is simple to understand. If only Cyke and Cap had first spoken under this writer, we may not even have needed AvX and its many spin-offs and side issues. But then what would Marvel have done to get the readers away from the New 52 for the past many months?

Sebastian Shaw is ready to go to town, as we have seen him do dozens of times before, but the teens have other ideas. It may not be the right one for an adult world, but it seems to work for them. To Gage’s thinking, that is all that counts here. And that is a good thing.

Artists Tom Grummett, Corey Hamscher and Chris Sotomayor do a great job on the art chores here, handling the action scenes with panache and then reminding us with their gentle lines that we are in fact dealing with children.

This is perhaps one of the greatest sides in the AvX event, and certainly the most unusual.