The Avengers’ adventure in the Savage Land continues, and it’s damn good stuff. I think that Hickman has really found his groove with these last few issues, maybe it’s the co-writing of Nick Spencer that has livened things up, I dunno, but I thoroughly enjoyed this issue. The Avengers are on the hunt for the zebra-kids that the High Evolutionary stole, and on the way there’s a whole lot of interesting dialogue, from Thor and Hyperion’s heady talk about the nature of memory and life, to the fun banter of Hawkeye, Spider-Woman and Spider-Man.
One of my biggest problems with Hickman is the lack of character work, but here, each of the Avengers gets an interesting moment, even if the focus is on one of them in particular, Hyperion. Of course, it’s not just talking, and we get a decent action sequence as High Evolutionary sets a fucking Terminus on the team. There was an appropriate amont of exploding, and then, Thor totally kicked some ass. I found it interesting that the zebra-kids can be used as batteries, that’s a cool development and I’m sure it will play a part in whatever the hell it is that Hickman is building up to.
As I said, the focus here is on Hyperion, who finds a new reason to fight and fully embraces ‘our’ Earth as his home, which is good, you don’t want what is basically Superman running around not caring about anything. Mike Deodato’s artwork was once again very strong, his Thor is awesome. I actually find it quite difficult to discuss this title, it’s obviously building to something big, but at this point it’s hard to know what that is and at times it feels aimless. But this little two-parter has been very strong. I’m glad that for once, Hickman isn’t missing the woods for the trees.