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Avengers #19 - Avengers Universe II: Building Towards Collapse Review

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Carol Danvers and her squad have leapt out of the frying pan and into the cosmic fire as diplomacy breaks down in the most dramatic fashion.

The Good

Infinity continues to exemplify everything a massive, company-wide event should be: a solid core of amazing titles with great, but optional, tie-ins that expand what’s going on plot-wise. The core Infinity titles stand well on their own, but so far if I had to choose just one of the two side-titles to read, it would be Avengers. This title ties most directly into the cosmic battles happening in the pages of Infinity, and this issue picks up right after the Galactic Council’s major routing at the hands of the tactically, and technologically, superior Builders. Carol Danvers and her massive squad of superheroes, both cosmic and mundane, have been captured and are being interrogated by the Builders, who seem to want information on why certain cosmic beings are working with Earth. Meanwhile, J-Son, King of the Spartax Empire makes a grievous error in judgement that may have just handed the Builders their biggest advantage yet.

Jonathan Hickman has, with incredible efficiency, established an entire universe of new possibilities and threats while using the solid, if not always crystal-clear, foundation of Marvel’s pre-existing cosmic properties as a base. The politics at work in this book between the various empires and races is fascinating as war might make strange bedfellows, but it doesn’t erase all past grudges and pre-judgements. This is especially true when King J-Son’s anti-Earth agenda gets slapped down by Supremor’s statistical analysis. If you never thought you’d see a Kree Supreme Intelligence stand up for humanity, you never took into account the Hickman Principle of Amazing Ideas.

Leinil Yu provides pencils, inks and colors in what I can only describe as a beautifully unified vision. Everything from his character designs to the little details in panels is amazingly realized and beautifully rendered with the cold, dead emptiness of space contrasting sharply with the Galactic Council's artificial, ship-grown gardens in the ringworld and the bright, garish colors of the superhero uniforms (even adapted for space travel). The action is positively frantic with dramatic cuts creating a beautiful illusion of motion while never losing track of the focus of the issue or panel. There’s a tremendous pace that makes the book, despite being text-heavy, flow beautifully.

The Bad

There’s a very bizarrely hypersexualized panel in here, that’s already been circulating, between the female Builder Ex Nihila and Capt. Marvel. It’s not just the shape and build of the characters either, it’s the posing and positioning within the panel. I can’t tell if it’s intentional or coincidental, but either way, it’s extremely discomforting and completely out of nowhere, resulting in nothing.

The Verdict

This issue is a great continuation of the events from Infinity #2, and even continuing from #1, as well as the previous Avengers titles. I know it’s easy to dismiss this as “just another event book,” especially so soon after Age of Ultron, but by having a singular writer across three titles, the tone, tenor, pace and goals of the books remain consistent across the three titles, making them all very much worth picking up. This book helps flesh out the events that are happening in the main book, showing you corners you may not have noticed or forgotten about, and that’s the best thing a close tie-in like this can do. It isn’t 100% necessary, but it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re already invested in Infinity, or in Hickman’s Avengers roster.

27 Comments
Posted by Herokiller12344

Can I just get a Thanos book. I mean he's the one most of us want to read about anyway, right?

Edited by manwithoutshame

Infinity is awesome.

Edited by cameron83

This was a great issue. It consistently moved this awesome story along gracefully. Great issue,overall great story.

The only thing is:

1. That page with Ex Nihila and Captain Marvel is kinda awkward. I mean,I am pretty sure that it's not meant,but it's still a bit weird to look at.

2. There is not a lot of action in this issue. HOWEVER,I do not consider this a complaint because:

  • A story doesn't necessarily need a lot of action,nor does an issue.

So,besides that awkward page,I thought that this was a great issue (as is this entire story)

But I love Marvel,so there might be a bit of bias there. This story is just too good. I love it (for now). Although I say that for most Marvel stories (not all,though).

Edited by G_Money_Christmas
Edited by mk111

@g_money_christmas: Yeah, except that series is pretty bad, IMO.

@herokiller12344 You should read some classic 90s Thanos stories, including the following:

Infinity Gauntlet (goes without saying)

Marvel Universe: The End (Thanos wins, pretty much)

Infinity War (If you want to see Thanos and the Avengers team up, with actual good writing)

Infinity Crusade (If you want to see Thanos punk Mephisto)

Infinity Abyss

Thanos (He's the main character, so...)

If you've already read those, then ignore this post, lol.

Posted by Kerrigan

Good issue, always nice to see Carol front and center, and the intergalactic realpolitik on display was fun.

The sexualized Capt. Marvel panel was weird and out of place, like the review said had no lead up, didn't go anywhere. Just clumsy and strange. The kind of thing you'd think an editor would catch. Small thing all in all, but a distraction nonetheless.

Posted by youmessinwithme

as someone who hasn't read this yet, the Bad sounds very dirty...

Edited by cameron83

as someone who hasn't read this yet, the Bad sounds very dirty...

lol it's not THAT dirty. But it is fairly noticeable.

But it's not like they make out or something,just a panel that looks a bit...fantasized.

Posted by Oscars94

I noticed the Ex Nihila and Carol scene. What the?

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Posted by TheIncredibleSuperHulk8642

I've been loving this event and Hickman's entire Avengers run so far I can't wait till the next chapter is released New Avengers #10 can't get here soon enough

Posted by RageEx2

This event is probably the most consistently good event out right now, I'm loving it

Posted by Undeadpool

as someone who hasn't read this yet, the Bad sounds very dirty...

There's just a very odd panel of Ex Nilia standing against Carol and she's...VERY close and looks to have one hand on her hip. Like I said above, it's not SUPER distracting/pervy, it's just a weird positioning.

Can I just get a Thanos book. I mean he's the one most of us want to read about anyway, right?

Here you go.

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Posted by knighthood


The Bad

There’s a very bizarrely hypersexualized panel in here, that’s already been circulating, between the female Builder Ex Nihila and Capt. Marvel. It’s not just the shape and build of the characters either, it’s the posing and positioning within the panel. I can’t tell if it’s intentional or coincidental, but either way, it’s extremely discomforting and completely out of nowhere, resulting in nothing.

Thought I was reading a Greg Land book there for a second... Oh well, good book overall. I'm really enjoying this event.

Posted by Cavemold

@herokiller12344: read thanos rising and infinity.

Loved this issue the sex scence had be intentionally funny

Posted by sparty-dbq

That page with the Builder and Carol everyone's mentioning isn't the only one. The Builder totally runs his her hand down Carol's chest a few pages later. Now that's discomforting.

Posted by spinningbirdcake

There should be more events with one writer spread out over several titles . I really think if someone else were writing Avengers and New Avengers Infinity wouldn't be as good.

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

I hope I can read this later.

Posted by QuantumVertex

AMAZING! i wish Infinity was an ongoing cosmic series!

Posted by SavageDragon

Solid tie in.

Posted by stevencarver_

I find myself reading Jonathan Hickman's Avengers books really really slowly. There is so much to pick apart in the dialogue, which is one of my favorite things to do in a comic book. The art in this issue made it much easier to linger in any particular page for longer than usual. This is easily the best issue of Avengers across Hickman's entire run, and it's seriously awesome. I love the slow burn of things so far, and I can't wait to read more.

Posted by 1nceagain

Does anyone else's copy have weird red coloring over Ex Nihila and Carol? Like a big red blob that goes outside of the lines?

Posted by JamDamage

this books is a lot of fun for a cosmic book. I don't usually like cosmic books, but this is awsome. The art is always stellar from Yu too. loving it

Posted by comicbookfan93

This is just awesome a great issue and I loved when captain marvel talked trash to ex nihila

Posted by HumanRocket

I liked this tie in but only 2 complaints. This is the second time in this avengers series where Thor gets a single line that doesn't add anything to the story first one was back in issue 1. The second this is that this event is seriously a universal event and part of me really wishes that Nova was alive to help tilt the tides.

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

Love it. really solid.

Edited by KnightofSteel

Great issue. Infinity is epic!