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So, I was wrong. Apparently there are four issues instead of only three for this prologue to Infinity, but that’s beside the point. This is the final issue before the event gets underway. Despite everything I think of all this so far, is it good?

Avengers #17 (Marvel Comics)

Last issue, the Avengers got their asses royally handed to them by something escaped from AIM Island (which was one of the sites for the Origin Bombs) and now AIM has arrived on the scene to take back what is theirs. Doesn’t go well for them, but that’s really irrelevant. Anyways, Eden Fesi/Manifold returns from his trip with Captain Universe with a message from her to the Avengers: “We have to get bigger.”

We just can’t kill them now! That would be cheating! No one likes a cheater Superia!

I don’t get it. I just do not get this comic at all. For everything that happened and was accomplished in his prelude, did we really need four frickin’ issues to tell it?! Cut some unimportant scenes (what was accomplished by Bruce hulking out last issue?) and condense some others (while still keeping the point to it) and you could easily cut one or even two issues out of this prelude. Why? Just why did this half to be four issues, costing 16 bucks in total, for essentially information that was summed up better in the “previously on Avengers” portion at the beginning of the issues?

But besides stretching the plot very thin and the fact that only really three things were accomplished in this entire prelude (Origin sites sending out their signals and hatching, AIM controlling their own creature, and the Avengers expanding), what else was there to this issue? Pretty much the same standard fare for this run. Lots of dull dialogue, slow pacing, some very brief moments of something interesting happening, mostly buildup to something down the line, no payoff, and nothing else. Outside of feeling like prelude to something bigger (so it’s doing its job well) and interesting hints for the upcoming event in the final two pages, there’s no point of buying this issue by itself.

Lady, you are an Avenger. Don’t talk like a valley girl.

The art is…like the rest of the series up to now. It’s certainly not bad, but there’s nothing really special about it. Sure, the group shots look good in the final pages and when Eden Fesi is teleporting guys away, that’s cool looking. However, there’s just nothing else to it. It works, but you aren’t going to really remember anything standing out. Also, something else that I noticed. Look at the cover for this issue and then look at Ex Nihilo in the book itself…

Why did he have boobs on the cover?


  • Well, it’s a prelude alright.
  • The last two or three pages at least hint at something interesting.
  • Decompression. The number one killer of this series.
  • Comes off as dull and lifeless in the art and writing.

Is It Good?

An emphatic NO! Absolutely not. There’s just nothing here I can recommend. It’s boring, it suffers from the worst case of “written for a trade” I have ever seen, barely anything is accomplished, and it’s visually rather dull. It’s this is a sign for things to come in Infinity, then I’m completely terrified, especially since it’s dragging tons of other comics into it, like a killer whirlpool or black hole.

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  • blkson

    A 2.5 though? Sure, it wasn’t spectacular, but a 2.5?

    • Jordan Richards

      My problem is that this comic never seems to improve. Sure, I thought things were looking up with Issue 14 (it felt like things were taking off and moving forward), but the series fell back into the same cycle as always. Just constant buildup with no pay off, dull dialogue, bad decompression, wasted art, etc.
      If it keeps doing these things and never seeming to improve, then my rating will get lower and lower. I want Avengers to be good and it seems to have a lot of things there that could be good if actually used, but right now, it’s not good. It just needs to start moving! While not really all that hyped for Infinity, I am hoping to see if things start changing now. I want to believe.

      • blkson

        This issue felt like a filler. The dialouge was a bit iffy (for a lack of a better term) and I agree with a lot of what you said in the review, the score just caught me by surprise. That’s an exceptionally low score. The art alone was at least 5 points. I’ll admit though, the book really hasn’t wow’ed me. At least not like New Avengers has. What will be interesting is, what happens with this enormous cast Hickman is setting up after Infinity is over?

  • Brian Catalino

    I thought your review was spot on. This comic is so boring and slow its almost unbearable. I actually wish Bendis was back on the book. While his avengers titles were written for trades as well, it certainly wasn’t boring. Half the time I can’t even tell whats going on this book. I dropped this title in the 90’s for what I thought was terrible writing and I’m close to doing it again.

  • JordanFromJersey

    That’s not Ex Nihilo on the cover BTW, it’s just another of his species(Who has antlers, unlike his horns).

    • David Brooke

      I was wondering why he had tits.

      • JordanFromJersey

        Sometime you feel like a nut… sometime you don’t.

        …or something like that…

    • Jordan Richards

      Oh, okay, but that does raise a question.
      Why that character on the cover, along with those two other aliens? They don’t appear in this issue or in the rest of the prelude. Why have them on the cover if they aren’t even there?

      • JordanFromJersey

        They do not technically appear in the issue, but they are [part of] the group the Avengers are heading off to fight, AND the group sending and receiving signals to the Robot that AIM so desperately wants to adopt, so their presence is felt.

        That and it’s just a cool cover. It reminds me of the classical image of The Fates interfering in the lives of mortals without their knowledge(which fits the narrative as The Avengers only recently became aware of the existence of The Builders).

  • Shlomo Ben Hungstein

    not seeing the spaceknights again was enough to make me pass on this issue.

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