A review of Bendis's latest comic!
Credits & Solicit Info:
Brian Michael Bendis (W) • Brandon Peterson (A)
Cover By Steve McNiven
• One Of The Greatest Avengers Of All Time, Vision, Has Been Out Of Circulation For Years. Now That He's Returned, He Has To Make Good On Promises He Made...!
• The Prelude To The Avengers Event Of The Summer!
Avengers #24.1 is a bookend of sorts for Brian Bendis' Avengers run. While we still have a few months of the Great One helming the various Avengers books, Avengers #24.1 takes readers back to Bendis' first work with the franchise, all the while planting the seeds of conflict for next week's Avengers vs. X-Men event. This Point One issue focuses on the recently returned Vision and his reaction to a changed Marvel world, one which has been altered by the actions of his wife, the Scarlet Witch.
The issue opens with a flashback to the Vision's destruction in Avengers #500 at the hands of She-Hulk, before moving back to the present, when the Vision learns the truth about who was responsible for the numerous Avengers deaths that day. In response, the Vision confronts both She-Hulk and Magneto with varying degrees of success before the android himself is confronted by Captain America, who knows a thing or two about waking up in a strange, new world.
I really wish Bendis had written more of these character issues while working on the Avengers comics. In my opinion, they're among his strongest work and they highlight that he sees these characters as something besides interchangeable, one-liner-delivering machines. As the Vision attempts to come to terms with his wife's role in his death, readers can actually feel his pain and anger. It makes the Vision's actions in AvX #0 (which I won't spoil here) more understandable and adds an extra layer of conflict to the Avengers pending battle with the X-Men. All in all, Bendis delivers a solid issue, which is matched by Brandon Peterson's consistent pencils. In particular, Peterson's depiction of the Vision is spot-on and successfully sells the idea to the readers that an android can feel pain.
The only weak point of the issue is an odd scene between Hawkeye and Spider-Woman at the end of the issue. The scene, a romantic interlude on the Avengers Mansion's lawn, was awkward, out of place, and only serves as a reminder to the readers that both Hawkeye and Spider-Woman exist and like getting it on in costume. In addition, it's also poorly illustrated; Hawkeye's new costume looks particularly terrible and Spider-Woman resembles an aging cougar due to some odd coloring choices.
While Avengers #24.1 is not necessary valuable reading (is any Point One issue nowadays?), it's certainly a worthwhile issue that reintroduces the character of the Vision to those who haven't read much of him since his shelving eight years ago. It's one of Bendis' better issues from the last two years and is an immense improvement over his recent unsatisfying work on Avengers and New Avengers. If you're looking for some solid character work and proof that Bendis has still got it, give Avengers #24.1 a read today.
Review by: Christian Hoffer