After an excellent debut issue, Mighty Avengers continues to impress as Al Ewing and Greg Land deliver an exciting, all-action comic that not only ties into Infinity, but also starts to do it’s own thing to.
After an intriguing opening page with Black Maw continuing to manipulate Doctor Strange, we then head to the bottom of the ocean, where Uatu The Watcher is meeting with The Blue Marvel. I’m not really familiar with this character, having not read his solo mini-series, but he seems like an interesting character, with an awesome underwater base and a cool hook. He’s an older black character, one who had to face much more overt prejudice than Luke Cage and the other minority characters in this book, so he’s going to have a different perspective. I personally can’t wait to see him clash with the brash Power Man. Plus, he’s friends with The Watcher!
Ewing then takes us back to the heart of the battle, with Luke Cage, Spider-Man, Spectrum and… Spider-Hero taking on Proxima Midnight and her goons. This was a very enjoyable fight, and Ewing once again showed a knack for great mid-battle banter. His take on the dickish Superior Spider-Man is a lot of fun and he really nails the never-say-die attitude of Luke Cage. I also liked how he brought in the regular, human people who interfered in the fight. It may be getting a bit clichéd at this point, but seeing that old lady stand up to Proxima Midnight was very cool, and it led to Luke and her having a heck of a fist-fight. I also thought the way Ewing had Proxima take out Spectrum was very interesting, they both have light powers, so it was cool to see them come together. The battle is stopped suddenly by the appearance of Thanos’ giant floating head, who is admonishes Proxima Midnight for not being able to defeat Luke Cage’s lowly team. He calls her off to begin the attack on Attilan, but not before handing over the job to the Black Maw, who’s mysterious whisperings in the ear of Doctor Strange pay off in a big way, as Shuma Gorath rises out of the Earth to try and destroy New York.
I’m not really familiar with Shuma Gorath, I only know him from the fact that he was, rather inexplicably, one of the playable characters on the Marvel Superheroes fighter game from back in the 90s. But, he’s basically a Lovecraftian horror, and it’s going to be fun to see the Mighty Avengers go up against him.
This is a very enjoyable book, and I’m also really liking how Al Ewing is taking his time putting his team together, the first issue didn’t feature Blue Marvel, and here, White Tiger and Power Man are totally absent, She-Hulk hasn’t even shown up yet! We are getting to know these characters bit-by-bit, and that’s useful, because as I said, the likes of Blue Marvel will not be known to many fans.
Greg Land’s art was of course, as Greg Landy as can be, but he draws an excellent Watcher and the action scenes were well done. Let’s just hope he didn’t trace any tentacle porn for the Shuma Gorath scenes!