Axis may be over but its tie-ins still go on. Captain America and the Mighty Avengers features the Avengers/Avengers war and a special guest appearance by your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
Is it good?
Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #3 (Marvel Comics)
Okay, it’s the Mighty Avengers vs. Regular Avengers in this issue! It’s going to be a big battle royale… and not much else. Enjoy everyone!
No jokes — this issue is basically one big fight scene. Sure, there’s a bit of story going on with the Cortex plotline in the opening pages, but that’s really it. As such, from a story perspective, there’s not much to chew on. However, this issue does finally reveal when/where the comic takes place in the Axis timeline and like I suspected, it is before #5 when all of the heroes are shrunken. Since we can now confirm it, I have to say that these supposedly “smart characters” all come off as incredibly stupid in Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #3. There’s so much fighting and shenaniganery going on and yet they still go to Avengers Tower when Iron Man summons them?
This idiocy even stretches to the regular Avengers as well and opens up a plot hole. Consider for a second that the inverted Avengers fought the inverted X-Men in the main event. Sure, there was a difference with the players involved (Scarlet Witch wasn’t fighting with them in that comic and Kluh was with them), but the inverted Avengers not only managed to defeat almost all of the inverted X-Men, but also the inverted villains as well. In this comic, the inverted Avengers fight the Mighty Avengers to a standstill. This really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense and makes the characters seem rather inconsistent in how strong they actually are.
The guy is getting in touch with his inner Joker.
The artwork, on the other hand, is the most obvious problem with the comic. Luke Ross and Iban Coello both handle artwork duties and their styles do not flow together remotely. One goes for more realistic style of art, while the other is far more cartoonish. Neither style works, especially when it feels like the book is switching between several different inking styles (even though the credits don’t mention multiple inkers). This really interferes with the story and the action, which could be better if the art wasn’t all over the place. Honestly, Captain America and the Mighty Avengers really needs to get one artist and stick with it.
Is It Good?
Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #3 is problematic. Almost all of its problems lie in the fact that it ties directly into Axis, which brings with it a boatload of problems, and also the fact that the issue has nothing much going for it in the story department. Honestly, the faster this comic escapes the grasp of Axis, the better things will be for this series.