Last issue was possibly the best Hickman’s Avengers has ever been, despite being a bit of a rip off that had less content than the average issue. Maybe this is a sign of good things to come. Is it good?
Avengers #30 (Marvel Comics)
So the Avengers are tossed through time and arrive 48 years in the future. There they meet the future Avengers, chat with them, and then leave. That’s it.
Remember folks, just because you travel through time doesn’t mean you can’t have a gratuitous fight scene.
Dull. That’s what this issue is in a nutshell: dull. Admittedly, there are some decent lines in here that are rather nice and some hints about what exactly happened after the Incursions and the future, but that’s kind of it. The whole issue was just dull and forgettable. Worst of all: the wasted opportunity. The characters get to meet the future Avengers and all they do is stand around and talk. Why not have these characters… do something together? Hell, we barely get a glimpse of the future outside of the conversation that takes place.
The rest of the issue is just as dull. We got a rather static fight scene, awkward dialogue, a complete under reaction from the heroes traveling in the future (“Oh hey, we time jumped for some reason. Meh, whatevs), tedious pacing, and a cliffhanger that doesn’t inspire confidence. If the characters didn’t get to do anything of interest 48 years later, what makes you think they’ll do something interesting or memorable with how it ends next time? There’s just barely anything of interest in this issue and it really loses a lot of the momentum that built from the last. Also, as a tie-in to Original Sin, it’s not very good outside of the forced lines about secrets not being hidden (didn’t sound remotely natural). At least there wasn’t an 8 page recap like last time though…
What the hell is going on with Black Widow’s body?!
The artwork isn’t bad, still displaying some of the best work this comic has ever seen. Even better is there isn’t any of that scratchiness or unpolished feel that the book had in the previous issue. Everything is much cleaner looking and feels much better because of the fact. Heck, it even cuts down on the (over)heavy inking. The colors, the characters, (extremely static but featuring nice snapshot poses) and layouts are all good. The only bad thing here is that the artist does a horrible job of drawing Black Widow and other female characters. Their bodies are often bending into positions no human can, limbs disappear at points, faces look similar, and more.
Is It Good?
Avengers #30 is a pretty lackluster issue. It has some positives to it, but it lacks any real excitement, energy, or soul. A little disappointing since it had so much potential after that last issue.