After all of the great but mind-numbing cosmic plots, new universals and broken systems lobbed our way from Mars and Jonathan Hickman, we finally get a much-needed down to earth, character driven story that is in the manor of classic Avengers scribes.
Not that there is anything to complain about with Loki-headed aliens, White Events, Martian gardens and such, but it was good to see our assemblers in Hong Kong highbrowing it with old enemies like
Bobby and Sam had great scenes with the agents who they beat at the gaming table with Bobby later hiring the muscle. At first I thought the blonde agent Doug who was tied up was Sam who is threatening to report Bobby to Captain Marvel for gambling too hard with the
Natasha had a couple of great scenes with the especially subtle use of tweezers, to Jessica's chagrin. Beautiful! You'll have to read the book to know what I'm talking about, but it is a hoot ... if murder can be comical!
I really enjoyed hearing of old schools spy havens like Mandripoor, etc. And it's nice to know that that, even in a cosmic mega-plot, this earth-centric tale was so enjoyable!
Of course the star of the show was Shang-Chi. His adaptations and changes of life came, he said, because the Universe demand it. The flashback to his talk with Tony Stark just made things all the more juicy.
Artist Mike Deodato does his usual great job, portraying all the great facial expressions and fantastic actions scenes. Colorist Frank Martin is also first rate.
Some months, this book seems too plot-heavy and we lose ourselves and the people that we care about and the reason we are reading the book in the first place: The Avengers! I am glad to see that is not true of Mr. Hickman's Avengers this month.
Classic Avengers fans will love this issue!