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Review: Avengers Assemble #16

Written by Jim Gramm on Thursday, June 13 2013 and posted in Reviews

Review: Avengers Assemble #16

Part 2 of 5 in the Enemy Within crossover for Captain Marvel.

This issue is part two of five in the cross-over event dubbed 'The Enemy Within,' staring one Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel. Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and drawn by Matteo Buffagni, the book doesn't give a whole lot away as to how Captain Marvel will defeat Yon-Rogg. Rogg, an old foe the Captain has recently returned and now has part of the Psyche-Magnitron bomb, which he stole from Danvers in part one.

While the issue doesn't move the story forward much, it mainly deals with Yon-Rogg and his plans to return to his home planet of the Kree. Considering how much I liked part one and its set-up of Rogg vs Captain Marvel, this issue took a slight detour from that. We've got Cap, Thor & Spider-Women battling dinosaurs and the Grapplers while trying to find Cap's friend Rose, not to mention Rogg stealing part of the Psyche-Magnitron bomb. A lot of interesting things happened in part one but part two left me to wonder how this thing will play out.

In the conclusion, I imagine Cap will go toe to toe with Rogg, but at what stakes? The lesion in Danvers' brain is troubling, but will that get resolved and be the end of her? These questions for this event haven't come close to being answered, and I was surprised to read they weren't hinted at in this issue. The only thing of importance that happened was that Rogg has used the bomb scrap to become 'The Magnitron.'

This new identity may prove to make him harder to stop, but we will have to wait and see. After really enjoying not only the story but the art by Scott Hepburn in part one, the art by Buffagni continued to impress me in part two. The colors were nice and bright and the heroes look solid and very up to date. The battle with the Brood is paneled to perfection, especially when Hawkeye goes to use one of his trick arrows.

I think part three will be a little more story driven by Danvers instead of Rogg, and will continue on with her struggles of having a brain lesion. I think this issue was a little detour on the series and fully believe the next part will be on the same awesome level as part one. DeConnick has really invigorated Carol Danvers and I think this cross-over event will help the Captain Marvel series stand-out from the rest of the pack.

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