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Posted by: Byron Brewer

Review: Mighty Avengers #12 (Ewing and Land)

Writer: 
Al Ewing
Pencils: 
Greg Land
Inks: 
Jay Leisten
Colors: 
Matt Milla
Letterer: 
VC's Cory Petit
Cover: 
Greg Land, Frank D'Armata
Publisher: 
Marvel Comics
Price: 
$3.99
Release Date: 
July 23, 2014

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The Mighty Avengers keeps on trucking with good solid stories and character-driven adventures, and one hopes the freshly announced relaunch as Captain America and the Mighty Avengers will not take this book out of the mold into which it has put itself: simply the best of the franchise now on the stands!

With writer Al Ewing continuing at the helm, I won’t worry. Yet.

As to Mighty Avengers #12, as a son my sympathies are certainly with Luke Cage as we learn the whys and wherefores of his father’s distance all these years … especially since we see that Dad was a bit of adventurer himself, hobnobbing with Blade, Blue Marvel, etc etc. And the most unusual thing about the situation between Luke and his father is that the explanation is so believable, so logical. Yet like Luke, we are thrown for a loop! At least I was.

The Deathwalkers as villains are truly enjoyable given their difference from most of the "fighting shadows" stories we find in many modern comics. There is definitely a retro feel to this issue – and to this book – and that is a good thing, believe me.

And BEAR!!!

For those who dislike Greg Land’s art, it is beyond my understanding. The action is crisp and clear, not murky and covered with patches of purple, and the facial expressions could not be better unless one could resurrect the late Gene Colan. Land’s panel arrangements in action and in quiet moments carry Ewing’s story well.

I have worries about this book – or its relaunch – going forward. But right here, right now, this is the best Avengers title for your hard-earned bucks.

‘Nuff said!

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