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Review: Avengers #12.1

Posted By: Wonder Worlock
Tue, 05/03/2011 - 10:16

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

Avengers 12.1: Shame on me.

I had worried about this “spaceknight” tale after hearing about it, and at the same time really looked forward to it, especially after writer Brian Michael Bendis has done such a good job of utilizing “cosmic” in Avengers with Kang, Ultron and the Infinity Gems.

Then came no “brand new Marvel cosmic star” as solicited in #11 (which I am now looking at as a good thing), quote-Thanos-unquote in #12, and no spaceknight (Rom, Ikon or otherwise) in the spaceknight Point One.

So what was the point?

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

For what it was worth, pretense of everything aside, the yarn Bendis spins in Avengers 12.1 is a good one. It is a pleasure to see the green-tressed Abigail Brand back, she who Bendis used so well in the Secret Invasion storyline, and to see a hodge-podge of the three Avengers teams working together to solve the mystery of the missing Jessica Drew. That splash by Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary of Thor, Iron Man, M. Marvel and the Protector flying from the Tower under their own steam while others of the team are in a quinjet reminds me of a similar scene in one of Roy Thomas’ classic Avengers Annuals! Cool stuff.

I also dug that it was a forewarning of the coming Ultron War, as hinted at in the Kang storyline and the famous Marvel/Elder Stark timeline. But did we have to call it “spaceknight,” Brian, while a similar character was involved in the Annihilators mini? Did we really?

While I did enjoy many aspects of this Point One, including what Marvel is trying to do with the concept as a whole, the Intelligencia … eh, not so much. First off, these characters are soon to be on display in FF and probably to greater effect. And secondly, being an old Fantastic Four (as well as Avengers) fan, I have never, ever heard the Wizard or the Mad Thinker speak like that. Oh, the Wizard is a braggart, of course, but not to this degree. The end result of his brilliant plot is usually the focus, not his own mind’s worth. And the Thinker usually doesn’t say much at all along those lines. I did enjoy the mini Thor/MODOK clash for what it was.

Over all, this whets my appetite for the coming Ultron storyline but also reinforces the respect, or lack thereof, Marvel affords its cosmic fans.

I was hoping for more.