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The New Review Group Week #1! - AVENGERS #19

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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:04 pm

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In the time-honoured tradition of Marvel and DC, what do you do when a once popular thread has shrunk in activity? You relaunch it with a new #1! This is a brand new day for the Review Group, a new order of picks will be created, but since it was my choice anyway this week, I chose a Bendis book! AVENGERS #19 is what we'll be reviewing, and it's a good thematic choice really, because not only is the Review Group starting anew, this issue features the new Avengers line-up being formed.


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Avengers #19
as selected by Punchy


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Jude Terror has next week's pick and he's gone for Fantastic Four #600!

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Comics are to be scored on a scale from 1-10. 1 being suck, 10 being a damn good comic. Beyond that, there's no right or wrong, unless you disagree with me :P

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Jude Terror
John Snow/Amlah6
Starlord
Stephen Day
The President/Frag It
PacidermAvenger
BlueStreak
SilverPhoenix
Deadfett
Punchy

You will be put on the list in the order you post your review for Avengers #19, so if you're itching to pick a book in the next few weeks... get your review in early!

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Eventually, I will put together all of our reviews and we will have our very own article on the front page of The Outhouse! If you would like for your review to be included, please try to have it posted by the end of day on Tuesday.
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The_Phenomenal_Sage

Wrasslin' Fan

Postby The_Phenomenal_Sage » Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:12 pm

what happened to the last group?


and how long untill we return to original numberings?
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BlueStreak

The Red Stands for Irony

Postby BlueStreak » Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:13 pm

The Middle Sage wrote:what happened to the last group?


and how long untill we return to original numberings?


Shattered under the wait of its own success.

Royal Nonesuch

Staff Writer

Postby Royal Nonesuch » Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:53 pm

BlueStreak wrote:
Shattered under the wait of its own success.


I know I was definitely waiting for it to succeed. :P
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BlueStreak

The Red Stands for Irony

Postby BlueStreak » Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:55 pm

Royal Nonesuch wrote:
I know I was definitely waiting for it to succeed. :P


I hate you.

Don't you have an article to write or something?

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Postby ****** » Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:04 pm

lol @ the reward for reviewing first being the pick on Thanksgiving week when nobody reviews. :lol:
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S.F. Jude Terror

OMCTO

Postby S.F. Jude Terror » Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:04 pm

Well, this coincides perfectly with the delivery of my Kindle Fire, and thus my reentry into reading comics. :)

Avengers #19 Review by Jude Terror

It's been a while since I've read a comic. Since just before Fear Itself, started, actually, so the first thing I noticed here is that John Romita Jr. is no longer doing the art. Thank god for that. JRJR's art was the worst thing about Avengers before. It was borderline unreadable because of it, despite the genius of The Great One's writing.

I'm glad I started back on Avengers with this issue, as it appears to be a transition issue and a one-off, as Captain America is putting together a new team of Avengers in the wake of Fear Itself. Lots of story beats are revealed nicely here - Norman Osborn has escaped from prison, Bucky and Thor are no longer on the team, a new team is being put together for what is apparently a needed public image improvement, Tony and Steve are getting along well, and Spider-Man and Wolverine are off the team. Some are revealed a little more clumsily though, like the fact that Tony's been working on rebuilding the vision, and has apparently succeeded. I don't know if this was alluded to in previous comics, but judging by the sheer volume of clumsy explanation, I have to assume not.

The story itself was very good for a jumping on point issue. It covered a lot of ground, explained the status quo, defined some of the main characters (Clint, Tony, and Steve were all introduced to readers and their defining traits were on display), and ended on a cliffhanger (Norman Osborn is not only free, but he's going public!). There were some drawbacks. The Great One's dialog, much parodied, works well most of the time to make characters seem like real people, but at times (like when Storm uses it), it can be jarring. I will say though that Bendis does a great job here of making a lapsed reader feel comfortable (by contrast, it took me four issues of Prelude to Schism and two of Schism before I felt comfortable with the X-Men again last night), pulling me right into their story with just the right balance of questions about what I missed without confusion over continuity.

Story 8/10
Art: 7/10 +2 Bonus for not being JRJR
Overall: 8.5/10

I'M BACK!
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S.F. Jude Terror

OMCTO

Postby S.F. Jude Terror » Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:05 pm

John Snow wrote:lol @ the reward for reviewing first being the pick on Thanksgiving week when nobody reviews. :lol:


Hey John Snow!

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Postby ****** » Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:06 pm

Also, you posted the thread really late asshole.

I'm totally pulling a coup in '12 after the sucky holiday weeks are over and returning us to the proper numbering.

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Postby ****** » Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:06 pm

S.F. Jude Terror wrote:
Hey John Snow!


Hey Jude Terror!
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48THRiLLS

Review Grouper

Postby 48THRiLLS » Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:23 pm

What the hell happened to the old group?
The DC reboot has gone too far.
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Punchy

Staff Writer

Postby Punchy » Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:24 pm

48THRiLLS wrote:What the hell happened to the old group?


Superboy punch.
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Punchy

Staff Writer

Postby Punchy » Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:25 pm

John Snow wrote:Also, you posted the thread really late asshole.

I'm totally pulling a coup in '13 after the sucky holiday weeks are over and returning us to the proper numbering.


If this is up late then I assume you have read Avengers and have a review ready to post right now?

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Postby ****** » Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:31 pm

Punchy wrote:
If this is up late then I assume you have read Avengers and have a review ready to post right now?


Had it been up at a decent hour, it would have reminded me to stop at a shop while I was out to lunch and I could be posting a review right now instead of plotting the Group's glorious return to it's original numbering in January.
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Punchy

Staff Writer

Postby Punchy » Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:33 pm

John Snow wrote:
Had it been up at a decent hour, it would have reminded me to stop at a shop while I was out to lunch and I could be posting a review right now instead of plotting the Group's glorious return to it's original numbering in January.


Not gonna happen!

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