Avengers #27 is a mixed bag, and only the inclusion of a representation of All-New Invaders #1 makes it worth the four buck price tag at all.
After excellent issues following Infinity-plus, Jonathan Hickman kind of spins his wheels this time, really one of the first times it seems like his massive space saga is being stretched out.
As interesting as it was to see Banner vs. Banner in a shower or the inner workings of A.I.M., really nothing happens this issue. And unlike some of those wonderful “relax” stories we read, like that recently in Mighty Avengers, this story – if you can call it that, rather than just pieces of a whole not sewn together – goes nowhere. Fast.
I really had high hopes when I saw that cover, harkening back to those great Adaptoid stories of olde. Unfortunately we have the other-dimensional Avengers here and the A.I.M. suped-up Adaptoids, and neither group really do anything of interest. At least, to me.
I like using bedrock villains like A.I.M. in modern day stories, but frankly the story with Sam and Bobby playing cards with the scientists and then Bobby hiring them off one by one as security was infinite-ly better.
Saving grace: The art by Salvador Larroca is brilliantly wonderful, but storywise, Avengers #27… meh.