Hey, would you look at that, Nico isn’t actually dead! Just like with Catwoman, the internet fell for a fake out, got all pissy about it and even accused the writer of sexism and racism! I wonder how the people who freaked out about the ending of #10 feel now? I’d like to think they were pleased, but then again, knowing those kinds of fans, they are probably even more annoyed that they were fooled.
This was another excellent issue of Avengers Arena, and one that was made all the better by the tight focus on 2 characters. This issue featured a major showdown between a Staff-Of-One-possessed Nico, and Apex. This was a brilliant fight, brutal and shocking, especially the ending, where Nico sends Apex for a ‘dirtnap’ by sending her underground. I thought Apex’s narration for this issue was brilliant, the idea of whether not notions of ‘hero’ and ‘villain’ apply in a game such as this was very interesting. Apex doesn’t see herself as a villain, but as a winner.
I also thought it was cool how this was the first issue in a long time that we actually saw Arcade, that we saw behind the curtain. He’s the major villain of this series, but apart from #1 and his focus issue, he has barely been present. This is especially significant when you consider the final few pages. Nico’s ‘dirtnap’ spell didn’t kill Apex, instead, she and Deathlocket are sent underground where they discover something very shocking indeed… a secret Lab, containing some very interesting items. Chris Powell, the original Darkhawk is floating in some kind of containment jar. Kid Briton’s head is also in a jar, and Mettle’s body is there… but it’s a robot! What the hell!
There’s one hell of a twist here, and one that could make all of the naysayers feel even more foolish, have none of the heroes died? There are some bodies there, so who knows! With the next issue set to focus on Hank Pym’s attempts to find out where the kids have disappeared to, this book is moving to an entirely new level and I am so very pumped for that.