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Review: Age of Heroes #2

Teases and snippets of the Heroic Age.

Another variety of stories showing the effect the Heroic Age is having on individual characters like Gravity, Harry Osborn, the Young Masters and the Gauntlet.
 

The Good

The short featuring Gravity was probably the best of the bunch, although I'm not entirely sure where it fits in the current timetable. Gravity squares off against the Radioactive Man's illegitimate son, Warhead for the first time and the end promises a continuation in the first issue of Young Allies, yet I thought he fought Warhead and the Bastards of Evil for the first time in that issue? Either way, it's a well-told story that manages to deliver on a good theme of how much difference one hero, even a third-stringer like Gravity, can make in the grand scheme of things. The part with him "going Google earth" was a device I'm really surprised I haven't seen captured in any other comics, so far.
 
While I'm usually leery of mixing superheroes with real world conflicts, I have to say the Gauntlet's story had a poignant message about keeping the Heroic Age in perspective with America's real heroes.

The Bad

I haven't been reading Young Avengers, so I don't know the whole story behind the Young Masters but, recognizing their villainous names, I couldn't help but feel some redundancy with the Bastards of Evil in this same issue.  That whole two-page segment seemed a little unfocused, too with a couple points odd gaps in the dialogue. I really don't understand what the Melter's "...WORDS" had to do with Thor's flyby, or how that flyby served as an ending at all. I wasn't really feeling the American Son segment either. It didn't seem like a short story in itself, like the Gravity one was. It was just an extended ad for how that one Daily Bugle reporter's going to be trailing "Harry Osborn" in the new title.

The Verdict - 3/5

The collection of shorts in this issue weren't as appealing as those in the first issue. While I realize that the aim of this mini-series is to get readers interested in the various new titles debuting throughout Heroic Age, the last issue offered more stories that could be enjoyed in themselves (in addition to being previews) while a lot of these just felt like teases and little else.
7 Comments
Posted by hpwaz

I like the cover, but don't know if I'll pick it up
Posted by X-93

Same here.

Posted by sora_thekey

I really liked the Young Masters... I might pick this up just for them!

Posted by ofaaron

Picked this up, Haven't read it yet.
 
I'm not sure I'm going to keep picking up this series.

Posted by Night Haunter
@sora_thekey:
Unfortunately, there isn't really enough of the Young Masters in this ti justify picking it up on those grounds, just two pages worth of content, and that's it. It really sucks, because the Young Masters are an interesting little addition to the MU, I just wish this actually had them in a capacity worth purchasing, but that's just my take.
Posted by ComicMan24

It's interesting though how Marvel is trying to create legacies, something that was DC's thing until now.
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Posted by IronSpidy-Rooney

I really hope Harry Osborn becomes American son because he  always got caught up in the shit caused by Norman and now that he has finally beaten and put his father behind him its about god damn time that he gets to forge his own legacy as a hero and not the son of a mad man and I hope to god that Gabriell Stacy does not take up the mantle as all the seeds have been planted in him for him to become the new Green Goblin as I doubt Norman or Lily will be able to done the Goblin or Menace titles anytime soon. Same goes for their goblin child 
 
PS: I thought Gravity died in Beyond. How did he come back to life