I love when a book blows my expectations away, and Avenging Spider-Man #5 did just that. I love Zeb Wells writing, and Leinil Yu is one of my top 5 favorite artists, and while I didn't think they'd mesh together, I was blown away with how well they worked together on the page.
Yu's art is phenomenal. By far, the best piece in this issue is the two-page spread featuring Captain America remembering his time in the war. We get classic, memorable Cap scenes, like Captain charging in with other members of the military, Cap punching Hitler, and Cap riding the rocket, all around Cap's star on his costume, in a contemporary style. I would hang these two pages on my wall. It's amazing.
There's another great splash page, later on the issue, featuring Cap and Spider-Man charging into battle. This one page contains so much great action and is an amazing moment in time. I would buy this issue just for the art.
That being said, I would buy this issue just for the writing as well. Wells has an insanely great sense of humor and captures Spider-Man incredibly well. The one-liners are there, and I love how other characters get a bit annoyed with Spidey's "talk it up" fighting style.
Aside from that, this is a wonderful story. Aside from it being funny, it's great to watch this connection between Parker and Rogers grow throughout the issue.
The best part is that anyone can pick this book up, read it, and not be confused at all. It's a one-shot story that pleases from start to finish.
Pick of the week! That's right! This beats out Aquaman for me. This is a fantastic issue, and it kept a giant, dumb smile on my face from page one. What this book lacks in action it makes up for in a great story about two classic Marvel characters. Wells and Yu work so well together and Yu's artwork is beautiful from start to finish.
Wells is a great writer and I love his sense of humor on this issue. This is a great issue for a new reader to pick up since it's essentially a one-shot story, and it's more than a bunch of characters beating up bad guys. It's about the connection between two classic Marvel characters.
One again, this is my pick of the week. You will love this story.