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Better Late Than Never: Avengers Prime #1 and Hawkeye and Mockingbird #1

Written by Erik Galston on Friday, June 18 2010 and posted in Reviews

Erik Galston takes a look at Avengers Prime #1 and Hawkeye and Mockingbird. Better late than never!


Avengers Prime #1 Avengers Prime #1

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Alan Davis
Price 3.99

Marvel has been firing on all cylinders during the Heroic Age. Each title that has been launched has been amazing, and Avengers Prime is the best of the titles so far.

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.

Hawkeye and Mockingbird #1Hawkeye and Mockingbird #1

Writer: Jim McCann
Artist: David Lopez
Price: 3.99

I really liked this book. Hawkeye and Mockingbird were two of my favorite members of the New Avengers, and New Avengers Reunion was my favorite mini-series launched out of Secret Invasion. This new ongoing, done by the same creative team, is no different. Jim McCann shows that he clearly knows and loves the characters and their history. David Lopez’s artwork is stunning.

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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