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Avengers #20 - Avengers Universe III: The Offer Review

5

Cap has an interesting new tactic and the Council can’t rest even after their first major victory against the Builders.

The Good

Jonathan Hickman has become self-sustaining and cannot be stopped. The power of the sun is in the palm of his hand and he just needs to have an eight-armed aperture fused to his spine to complete the transformation. This issue picks up after last week’s intense, hope-inducing Infinity #3 and the Galactic Council are riding at least a little higher after a legitimate victory against the Builders’ seemingly unstoppable tide. This issue recaps those events with the usual efficiency before moving on to a bit of calm, dialog-heavy planning as well as some very, very interesting developments from the Gardeners. After a few issues of intense space battles and treachery at every turn, it’s good to settle down and take stock, letting the reader and characters catch their breath.

Leinil Yu charges forward on, providing sharp, angular, dark visuals that, nevertheless, keep their clarity. He’s an interesting fit for a book that leans so hard into sci-fi, but he proves that he’s the right man for the job every single issue. His vision of the book, and it's myriad strange denizens is one of the most interesting because of his crisp, highly jagged style. He brings a very unique look to every issue.

The Bad

Certain parts of this issue, and Infinity in general, have to be taken a little for granted and guessed about based on context. There’s a very specific couple of developments with the Gardeners that are definitely significant, but they’re significant because the characters react to them as such rather than the reader having any real context for them. The issue itself is a bit overstuffed with developments, both character and plot, happening in such rapid succession that it can be difficult to keep track of exactly what’s happening to whom.

The Verdict

Hickman’s vision continues on with incredible clarity and impact. This book is incredible for it’s ability to fit seamlessly into the larger narrative of Infinity while simultaneously being friendly to fans of past issues who haven’t kept up with the other titles, or even the main one. Hickman isn’t normally big on recapping or explaining, so it’s great to see him bend that rule since so much goes on in other titles.

12 Comments
Posted by cameron83

Awesome issue!

Posted by nerdork

Excited for this one. Picking it up on Sunday!

Posted by HumanRocket

I enjoyed it 4/5. The only thing is there is alot of stuff going on so you have to take your time sometimes and take it all in.

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Posted by Cavemold

loved this issue agree with the Review.

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

I've been waiting for this one. Hope to read it soon.

Posted by SavageDragon

I want to see Ronan rebel and kick some ass. There is 78.6% chance that Ronan does something awesome....

Solid issue. Infinity has been rocking.

Posted by manwithoutshame

INFINITY RULES

Posted by The Mast

That last line basically did what Hickman has excelled at. It gave off a real raw sense of, "Things are bad. Really bad. Believe it." I do believe it.

Good will win, as it always does. So, how do you make a 27 year old comic fan of 21 years feel invested? YOU WRITE WELL.

The whole issue I was like, "Nah, things will turn around. These are impossible odds but the tide will turn and they'll find a way."

Then THAT line happened and I was like..."Wait, what?" It really made me think, "If HE is saying that...then damn." Obviously it's a plan, but still.

Edited by Veshark

Enjoyed this immensely. This is the best Cap has been in Hickman's run since the first arc.

Posted by Owie

Huh, I'm sort of surprised at the rave opinions here. It seemed kind of like a filler issue to me. Not bad, but it just kind of moved us along, plot-wise.

Edited by The_Titan_Lord

This issue rocks!

Posted by ComicBookCoby

This was my first issue of my new Marvel subscriptions and also my first introduction to Hickman's work and I am pleased! Can't wait for more!