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Subj: Avengers #682: Game of Craps?
Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 at 11:44:03 am EST (Viewed 245 times)
Oh well, some games start out fun and then you just want to forfeit to end it. Case in point...
Avengers 682 (2018)
First of all, the art was likable. Now, the not so likable aspects...
Not to many instances an artist draws a scope on Hawkeye's bow, right?
Don't much care for Red Wolf, less with his pre-SW flashbacks, and even less for gratuitous THREE PAGES showing he has bravery staring down the barrel of a gun andhas a keen eye and quick reflexes to rush a generic shooter.
"BIG FIGHT" scene seems generic copy of last ish feels meaningless and what about the players that were on the verge of grabbing the Pyramoid? Did they simply revert to fight poses when 'calvary' arrived?
That panel of Clint shooting at Pyramoid/Mentacle is very confusing.
'Who is Voyager' subplot passed on. Sigh.
Rogue's newly absorbed powers and Corvus' status TOO VAGUE. Also, where the heck is her mobilizing destination? Is she chasing after the teleporting team that won a piec 2 issues ago??
Rogue/Lightning exhange was okay.
Herc and Rogue agreeing that 'killing' Corvus was a very good way to 'Avenge' Johnny's 'death' reads so... contrived? Circumstantial? Not sure the questionable adjective to use. The sentiment is obvious that they don't regret the eye for an eye payback but to paint it as a best case Avenger Scenario without any analysis just feels... wrong in this 'game'.
Once more writer tries to evoke awe from reader with methods of quick transportation. Here is Voyager vs Lightning vs Mjolnir but offers absolutely zero detail or context. Bah.
Nadia's brilliant diagnosis of Jarvis of accumulated micro energies and trace alien elements seems overturned and now we see a single type quantum pathogens infection. And on top of that, her unique shrinking power isn't even specifically utilized in a treatment. Contrary to my previous gripe for more details - these specifics around Jarvis' disease and Nadia conveniently fighting off the same disease feel like overload and unconvincingly connected to Grandmaster's master plan. Jarvis flatlining to the verge of death again feels boring copy of before.
Hawkeye is STILL fighting Mentacle 1/2way the issue?? Huh. Wasp scoring a hit on Mentacle was okay. Oh wow, Hawkeye loses?? Falcon scoring a hit on Mentacle WOULD HAVE been okay if it wasn't just a copy move of Wasp... let's see how long ago was that...
Is Wonder Man's ionic grip being bladeproof a showing? Whatever. Well, it looks like he SOMEHOW won that fight BETWEEN PANELS. Sigh. -based on the fact he is rescuing Berot from fighting stupidly.... Waaaaait.. Nope. Reset to the "BIG FIGHT" feels like lame copy of set up at beginning.Waaaaait.. Nope. It looks like BETWEEN PANELS -again- the Avengers SOMEHOW win -based on those Legion headshot panels.
Hawkeye/Red Wolf dynamic is okay. For everyone to see that never read Occupy Avengers and are not concerned with that series danglers. Not me - on both counts. On the one hand it's a good moment for NOT FROZEN Red Wolf on the other hand, why the heck, does he get to score a win out of the blue in this book about Avengers that get bupkiss character moments here?? Boo. Hawkeye gets some good spotlight too.
Grandmaster and Challenger get a page to update the readers on the game but generally just confuse the issue more. The last Pyramoid ( https://s8.hostingkartinok.com/uploads/images/2018/02/d53355f30c2c34e632541d0055396b1c.jpg Pyramacguffin?) is either of 'the Soul" or 'Raw Power' or "spirit" (according to the Afterwards). It's also materializes near Jarvis just to tie this mess all together?? Argh.
AND FINALLY, the rage of the Epilogue feels palpable but not for the intended reason. It is because it's EXACT COPY of every epilogue of NO SURRENDER so far! Emergence of The Hulk. THIS TIME they use up THREE pages to do it! Phooey to that!! Their 'excuse' might be they reveal it to be Dr.Rober Bruce Banner as The Hulk - whatever weight that 'reveal' has on readers. Not much IMO.
Who's up for a game of craps, instead?
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