The Great Lakes Avengers are starting to get their bearings in the area they’ve sworn to protect: Detroit! It certainly needs heroes, but are they good enough to be called as such? Is it good?
Great Lakes Avengers #3 (Marvel Comics)
So what’s it about? Check out the preview to find out!
Why does this book matter?
Zac Gorman and Will Robson are aiming to flesh out this comedic superhero team book with new members and so far they’ve pulled it off. The characters are well written and their dynamics interesting enough to make the book feel fresh. Add in humor and you have a book like no other on the stands.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
This issue plays with flashbacks well, used to help pace the story, but also slowly building toward a cliffhanger that should shake this team up. Not that this team needs any shakeup, as they have plenty of trouble keeping the lights on. Gorman continues to write each character with good dialogue and fantastic acting by Robson in every panel. The somewhat cartoony look helps make the book feel comedic and there are a couple of solid laughs in this issue.
The biggest takeaway from this issue is a budding relationship – at least I think it’s a romantic one – and it should make Flatman feel more rounded in the coming issues. The biggest laughs come from a new werewolf character who wants to go by the name Good Boy (and there’s a bit of a furry joke in this issue that keeps popping up and keeps being funny). Her relationship with Flatman and Big Bertha is a cute one as they serve as mentors to her.
Gorman continues to write these characters in a realistic sort of way, which helps ground them and make the humor more valid. Seeing Flatman for instance try to hold down a job at a coffee place is comical but also realistic. Money is a bona fide issue for them, which is something most comic book characters don’t have to worry about at all.
It can’t be perfect can it?
Doorman isn’t in this issue as much as the last and he is possibly the funniest character! Plenty of the jokes in this issue fell flat for me, with some of the visual gags coming off as too childish for their own good. I’m also wondering if the team is too dysfunctional. The team goes on a mission of sorts and it doesn’t shake out well at all with the team splitting up and because of this the plot meanders a bit wildly.
Is It Good?
This is a good issue as it builds up a new character, is paced well, and has a few good laughs too. I wouldn’t say it’s as funny as previous issues, and the team aspect isn’t working, but overall it’s an okay time with a book that could really go far.