It finally happened.
I knew if they left Robert Bruce Banner AS Banner long enough, he would return to the brilliant guy he was before Rick Jones took a jeep ride in the gamma bomb test site.
And he has done it. RBB has caught on to what Anthony Stark has going, why the “Avengers Machine” is designed the way it is, going all the way back to writer Jonathan Hickman’s first Avengers issues and, ta-da, the
I am loving it all!
There may be a few more talking heads here than some would like, but that does not mean the tension is not so thick you couldn't cut it with a knife. Hickman has me spellbound at each word of these two men, two of the smartest this Marvel U. has to offer, as they discuss recent developments in both Avengers and New Avengers.
And Banner knows the band is back together, that Stark has not only been lying to his Avengers teammates but has re-formed the Illuminati. How? It is so simple as to be extremely satisfying.
Now comes another “event,” Original Sin, but if the Avengers sides are as good as they were during Infinity – heck, HALF as good – it is an event I welcome. Unlike most, Hickman has a great way of working into these things. Even Bendis came up short here.
Of course, the art by Salvador Larroca is to die for. Every panel – whether it be a busting-out Hulk or an angered Banner, plunging (what IS in that brief case??) into his arm – is poetry.
All in all, the “Avengers Machine” is rolling along well this month, and I cannot wait to see where it is headed.