Erik Galston takes a look at Avengers Prime #1 and Hawkeye and Mockingbird. Better late than never!
Artist: Alan Davis
Steve Rogers, Iron Man and Thor have not really seen eye to eye since before Avengers Disassembled, and that is clear from the first few pages. The issue starts with the “big three” together trying to figure out what to do with the remains of Asgard. Steve and Tony argue with each other until Thor steps in. Thor informs them that the Rainbow Bridge has been broken, but before they can figure out how to fix it, the bridge folds into itself and takes the three away. The three Avengers are seperated, Iron Man is left in a field to repair his armor. Steve is left to fight off an army of trolls. Defeating them he leaves wearing Asgardian armor that resembles his Cap suit, complete with shield. Thor is taken to Vanaheim, where he is attacked by a returning Enchantress.
The art work on this book was amazing. Alan Davis is the perfect artist for this series. Its nice to see some of the “classic” artists getting high profile work. I was really surprised that Bendis chose to use such a classic villain as the Enchantress, coupled with what he’s doing in Avengers with Kang, it does appear to be a Heroic Age.
This issue is a MUST READ for anyone following the current storyline in the Marvel Universe and also fans of the classic Avengers.
Artist: David Lopez
The first issue really did a great job of setting up the characters and story for the first story arc. I really enjoyed the fact that McCann is using two villains that are connected to the main characters (Crossfire and Phantom Rider). The use of these characters also creates a lot of drama for the couple. I’m intrigued with the use of Dominic Fortune, a character I’m not fully aware of, but who is clearly not the most trustworthy of allies for the World Counterterrorism Agency (WCA for short).
I also loved the inclusion of the “Hawkeye and Mockingbird Saga” at the end of the issue. The issue’s main story needs one to have a familiarity with the past of the characters, and including this “primer,” so to speak, was an excellent move on Marvel’s part.
This issue is a GREAT READ. It’s a MUST for fans of the characters, and also fans of great espionage stories, which this is shaping up to be.
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