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Review: Avengers Academy #5

Now, I finally get the significance of the title.

After reflecting on his own background as a celebrity, Striker schemes of some dangerous ways to gain some fame for the academy (with a particular emphasis on himself.)
 

The Good

As odd as it sounds, I like this book for the fact the academy members are less likable than is typical. I'm all for iconic heroes, but this comic's refreshing for the fact that it's a New Warriors-style book that finally admits that the new generation of heroes might actually be a lot more spoiled and a lot less noble than their predecessors. Honestly, Striker comes off a big "Uh-huh" in this and it's interesting to see him only marginally improve on his selfishness, rather than full-out redeem himself. You can see why he's considered a wild card who could go either way on the hero/villain scale - - and that's truly fascinating to see.

The Bad

Part of the appeal of a book like this is, of course, packing it with plenty of characters, but I can't help feeling like the comic's a little crowded.  We've got a sizable number of Avengers appearing regularly in addition to the already-quite-full academy line-up.

The Verdict - 4/5

Gage has opted to use these issues partly as character pieces of the individual academy members and, by focusing on fleshing out their personalities, that approach has steadily been winning me over on characters I honestly thought looked kind of lame in the early previews. Actually, now that the full nature of this series has been revealed (they're the Avengers Academy because they're like a private reform school) things have just gotten a lot more interesting.
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Posted by NexusOfLight

Yeah, I enjoyed it too. Striker's interesting to say the least. Really glad I'm stickin' with this.

Posted by InnerVenom123

I'll wait for the first TPB and then jump on the book from there.

Posted by longbowhunter

I enjoy how every issue gets to highlight a different character. This is currently my favorite Marvel title. Striker is a total douche and I love it. Great back story this issue.
Posted by Cafeterialoca

If you thought this title was crowded, you didn't read the Initiative!

Posted by Video_Martian
@InnerVenom123 said:
"I'll wait for the first TPB and then jump on the book from there. "

me too ;)
Posted by N7_Normandy

This is, in my opinion, the best avengers book that marvel's putting out right now.  There's a wealth of interesting and complex characters and seeing them interact and deal with being at the Avenger's Academy is really awesome.

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@N7_Normandy said:

" This is, in my opinion, the best avengers book that marvel's putting out right now.  There's a wealth of interesting and complex characters and seeing them interact and deal with being at the Avenger's Academy is really awesome. "

It's getting harder & harder to argue against this statement. The tragic angle is really working for me here. First Mettle as a tragic character now Striker the intrigue keeps growing.