Brian Michael Bendis continues to weave one of his best stories ever as he concentrates in Avengers #22 on Captain America’s key team of Assemblers.
Madame Hydra has never been more vicious, and there are two juicy scenes with her and former enemy Captain America and former trainee Spider-Woman that are priceless. For those who thought Bendis had no appreciation for Marvel U. continuity, this will be a welcome dose of old-time Make Mine Marvel spirit!
Also of interest this issue is the manner in which each Avenger, captured by Osborn’s troops, reacts to their captors. Red Hulk is particularly good.
And the art is off the chart this time, too. The angles and dramatic poses brought to Bendis’ intriguing tale by Renato Guedes and Jose Wilson Magalhaes are magnificent and reminiscent to this long-time reader of the ”˜60s John Buscema/Sal Buscema/Tom Palmer dynamic. Simply stunning!
How all this is going to end and dovetail with New Avengers is beyond me, but Avengers readers of all ilks should be picking up these issues now because, after a few month of mish-mash, Bendis & Co. are making instant classic here!