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Review: Avengers Academy #4

This is actually a really strong character study.

Three of the Avengers-in-training split off from their supervisors during the power outage in the Raft. They're looking for Norman Osborn, somewhere down in the cells, and revenge's on their minds.
 

The Good

Mettle gets the spotlight in this issue and his characterization's pretty compelling. You can definitely see how the mellow surfer dude can co-exist with the angry, armored heavy.  His extended metaphor about life preservers gave all these preceding a much greater urgency and importance. Actually, there were a lot of great character moments. Hazmat freaking the one inmate out by threatening to give him cancer, Osborn vanquishing these kids with mind games more potent than any pumpkin bomb... every character's got a very distinct, defined voice.

The Bad

Maybe this was taken care of in the previous issue (which I didn't get a chance to pick up) but I think it was a missed opportunity to not have these young Avengers interact the Thunderbolts more. They but heads with the Juggernaut and Luke Cage,sure, but I would've loved to have seen their dealings with the likes of Crossbones and Ghost.

The Verdict - 4/5

To be honest, the "I Am Avengers" promos that preceded this series made it look like it was going to be really cheesy and unnecessary. So I've been pleasantly surprised that this book has had such strong characterizations and a genuinely-interesting premise that doesn't encroach on the theme of any other team title. Actually, this is a great compliment piece to the Thunderbolts half of this crossover, which was rock solid on its own.
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Posted by doordoor123

you should really think about reviewing things you actually read instead of jumping in the middle of a two parter. This seems to happen frequently with you. But yes i agree with most of what you are saying here zack. Good review.. minus:

you should really think about reviewing things you actually read instead of jumping in the middle of a two parter. This seems to happen frequently with you.

   
Posted by Joe Venom

Finally this was the back story I was waiting for! I know which book Im reading first tonight

Posted by Pizawle

Is Osborn dead?!?!

Posted by ivedan
@doordoor123:  Agreed. You can't say this book was missing the interactions with Ghost and Crossbones when those were taken care of in the last issue and Thunderbolts.
Edited by Jordanstine

Recently picked up Avengers Academy issues 1-3 on behest of my comic book guy (and Sora the Key) over a month ago... 
  
@Zack Freeman: Maybe this was taken care of in the previous issue (which I didn't get a chance to pick up) but I think it was a missed opportunity to not have these young Avengers interact the Thunderbolts more. They but heads with the Juggernaut and Luke Cage,sure, but I would've loved to have seen their dealings with the likes of Crossbones and Ghost.      
 
The new recruits DID have more interactions with the Thunderbolts team in the LAST issue.  
 
Particularly Juggernaut, Crossbones, Ghost, and if memory serves right, with Moonstone also. 
 

 
Posted by Metatron_Da_Don

poor Mettle "Academy Traitor" may be anybody though

Posted by Black_Kn1ght

I love Mettle and how he laid back in time of grief.