After a very long and tedious wait — we have reached the ending of this Avengers arc. Very little has happened in the time since the story started, but perhaps things can turn around and/or at least finish on a good note with this final issue. Is it good?
Avengers #28 (Marvel Comics)
After the attack from the alternate universe Avengers, Bruce Banner has figured it out: he knows what is happening to the Multiverse and he knows the truth of what Tony Stark has been doing. The question is, what happens now?
Let the decompression begin!
Without a single doubt in my mind, this has been one of the longest and most dragged out arcs from Hickman’s Avengers run so far despite being only four issues long. It’s a story that has about two issues’ worth of content and has been stretched out over four months with barely anything happening… just to fill time until Original Sin rears its ugly head. I have to ask: Why did we need four issues to reach this conclusion? Seriously, both stories with Bruce’s discovery and the Adaptoids could have been a single issue each with a bit of rewriting and we could have cut out the alternate Avengers storyline as a whole. Nothing about it contributed to this storyline, other than just making SHIELD and the public perception of the Avengers worse (oh goody, like that hasn’t been done before).
To the credit of this issue, some action did take place and the overall confrontation between Bruce and Tony is pretty decent… but again, did we really need four issues to tell this story? The ending is also interesting enough, depending on if the writer can follow up on it quickly. There is a glimmer of potential, but with the insufferably slow pace of the comic, along with the decompression and padding, much of the momentum has been squashed. Plus, considering how everything ended, it actually makes the characters unlikeable and unsympathetic despite their claims that “what had to be done was done.”
Yet, somehow, AIM is incredibly lucky that they have been able to get away with everything despite how unsubtle they are with their actions.
Hickman’s writing is better than usual, but still suffers from the usual problems. The confrontation between the two Avengers isn’t too bad, making the dialogue a bit more interesting and less dry than usual but the decompressed story and rushed subplots make the narrative anticlimactic (gotta love how the comic glosses over the heroes winning like always).
The artwork is what you expect from the comic. It works, but it is neither memorable or given anything of interest to draw. The characters look fine, the layouts are perfectly acceptable, and everything is easy to read, but that’s it (other than the drab and boring coloring) and nothing remotely interesting like the cover suggests even happens (most of those characters don’t even appear in the comic). There’s nothing here that you’ll remember tomorrow or even after you read a few more comics you might grab with your usual haul today.
Is It Good?
Avengers #28 is a hollow finale to the arc, despite things actually happening. Nothing about the arc feels like it deserved to be four issues long, the arc stretched out to the point of destroying any momentum or energy mustered with Infinity and the Rouge Planet issue.