Comic Book Reviews - Avengers #25 Review
Category: Comic Book Reviews, Marvel Reviews
Colorist: Jason Keith
Publisher’s Blurb: Captain America has declared war on The X-Men! The impending doom of the Phoenix Force lurks ever closer; forcing The Avengers to suit up and join the battle to save the Earth! But, which Avengers will follow Captain America to the front lines?
When done poorly, an event tie-in comic is, plain and simple, a waste of money. When done correctly, a tie-in book to a major comic event is at it’s best when it not only supplements the event itself, but also tells its own tale that becomes just as important as the event itself. During Brian Michael Bendis’s tenure he’s had to navigator through tie-ins from Civil War, to most recently Fear It, with mixed results.
One of my problems with tie-in books are they normally have to drop whatever storyline that’s been building in the individual book to assistance the event, which seems counterproductive, but much like Bendis’s recent issue of New Avengers, Avengers uses the main event—in this case the Avengers vs. X-Men—as a bracketing device to further the story that Bendis as been planting the seeds for dating back to the respective Avengers annuals.
In this issue, the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, more specificity Captain America, proceeds to deal with the fallout of Norman Osborn’s media attack on the true purpose of the Avengers. With pretty much every Avenger, from the New to the Secret, caught up in the events of AvX, this issue is a breath of fresh air as it furthers developments of previous issues of the series like the Jessica Drew/Clint Bart love affair, which much like the Point One issue shows the two as that annoying couple that insist on public displays of affection regardless if anybody wants to see it or not.
With only two issues of AvX out for public consumption, this tie-in issue of Avengers sidesteps what could have been a retread two issues of the event book in favorite of illuminating the problems and issues that have been affecting the Avengers in their own book. Whether you like him or loathe him, Brian Michael Bendis displays in this comic that the issues the Avengers have been having to deal with the in regards to the new H.A.M.M.E.R (the combined might of the Hand, A.I.M. And Hydra) and Norman Osborn are far from resolved.