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Avengers #15 - Fear Itself, part 3 Rumble in the Jungle ! Review

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What do you get when you take three heroes without super durability and make them face The Hulk? Interesting reading.

The Avengers take on the Hulk, who has been empowered by an Asgardian Hammer; that's never good.

The Good

I really liked the storyline of this issue, but not its execution (see below). Seeing some of the Avengers who don't get as much attention in the limelight made me appreciate Bendis' writing, and the characters as a whole. Spider-Woman, Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel and The Protector really shine, here, and that's saying something when you're facing the Hulk.

The Bad

I wasn't a big fan of the "talking head" nature of this issue. There was a lot of dialog for what could have been explained with actions, or even captions. Instead of juxtaposing the commentary beside what was actually going on, they kind of chose to alternate; they waste a lot of space with just having heads speaking to the "interviewer."

Bendis references events from the first New Avengers series, which was printed in 2006. For readers not keeping track, you're asking them to go back almost six years to figure out what people are referencing. Bendis has always thrown Spider-Woman into the forefront of things whenever he can, and choosing to go back to that older story again just seemed a bit grating. I'm not complaining that Spider-Woman was featured in this issue: in fact, I felt that this was a great story for her character. However, harkening back to a time when she was the forefront of a lot of Avengers issues just brought back a bad taste in my mouth.

The art style in this issue tended to make people look really... doughy? Is that a word? Can I use that to describe an art style?

Anyways, Hawkeye looked like he'd been eating too many doughnuts, and some others just looked... off.

The Verdict

For a Fear Itself tie-in, this isn't that bad of an issue. It managed to make some of the Avengers' background members look like champs, and really, that's a sign of good writing. However, I can't help thinking that some of those interview pages could've been used for something a bit more constructive: more action, more character development... more anything!

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5 Comments
Posted by hitechlolife

The talking heads killed all drama and momentum in the comic. Asgard Hulk didn't seem threatening at all, since everyone's just casually chatting to the camera after the fact. Horrible comic, and one I was actually looking forward too so it was a shame.

Posted by leokearon

harkening back to a time when she was the forefront of a lot of Avengers issues just brought back a bad taste in my mouth.

 

 

Sounds like that stupid story that Bendis wrote about Jessica and Iron Fist trying to be a couple, even though it seems that Bendis forgot it was Veranke

Posted by digimod

Marvel has been doing this 'debrief'/'commentary' superimposed on actual story-line for a few years now.  First couple of times I saw it I thought it was clever but it got old fast and feels like a waste of page-art.  I don't know if it was some sort of editorial decision that was passed down to writers ("...this is the Marvel Style, do it!") and if so they need to recall that directive.  It's getting to the point where I roll my eyes and am inclined put the book down and reach for the next in my pile.
Posted by InnerVenom123

I hate the interview thing so freaking much. I don't want them to talk about it like they already lived through it, I want them to actually go through it. Otherwise, why should I even care what's happening? They're fine! They're sitting there on the fancy couch and spilling! Why do I care?!

Posted by jmills

To each his own I guess. I love that interview style. It only adds to the story for me. I know there's going to be a big battle in this book. The Hulk's swinging his Asgardian hammer on the cover, so you know there's going to be a big battle. Seeing what the characters were thinking and feeling is an extra bonus in my opinion. I love how DnA used it in their run on Guardians of the Galaxy. And it should be expected, Bendis always uses lots of dialogue in his writing. And the critique on the artwork doesn't really hold up either. Chris Bachalo has been using the same style for like 20 years. If you're not a fan, you're not a fan. But that doesn't make it a bad book. Fans of his work would probably really enjoy a "doughy Hawkeye".