Comic Book Reviews - Avengers Arena #2 Review

Created on January 8, 2013 and written by
Category: Comic Book Reviews, Marvel Reviews

Avengers Arena #2

Rating: 2/5
Publisher Name: Marvel Comics
Publisher’s Site:
Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Pencils: Kev Walker
Number of Pages: 24
Price: 2.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.

Publisher’s Blurb:
ANNIHILATION’s Cammi vs. Deathlocket! AVENGER ACADEMY’s Hazmat vs. Deathlocket! But who the heck is Deathlocket? And who dies in this issue?

Reviewer’s Comments:

Thirty seconds have passed since the first issue of Avengers Arena ended. Within two more pages another character will die which will brings the total kills for the series so far up to two. Unfortunately that is the most interesting thing about this issue. AA #2 follows a most unlikely character in the grand scheme of things. One who is new as far as I can tell and is also painfully uninteresting. Her name is Rebecca Ryker aka Deathlocket the daughter of the man who created Deathlock. Rebecca along with the rest of her family was murdered by a rogue reprogrammed Deathlock unit. Of course he father couldn’t allow this to stand. In the end he was only able to bring Becca back but not before SHIELD was able to take him in to custody.

The rest of the book introduces us to the various members of the Braddock Academy. Something like a British version of the Xavier Institute or the Jean Grey School. The Academy is run by Brian Braddock better known as Captain Britain. At this point it’s kind of unclear whether Psylocke has any connection or role there. Does anyone but me find it odd that another school like this exists in the Marvel universe? Having the first mention of it turn up here just feels odd. Some of the new characters we meet have connections to existing heroes. Kid Briton for instance is an alternate universe version of Captain Britain another is Cullen Bloodstone of the Bloodstone monster hunting clan. The rest of the group seem to be of little consequence for the moment.

This issue to be blunt drags on with very little purpose or intent. It’s largely exposition which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but here it takes away from the point of the book. This is supposed to be a free for all not an episode of Dawson’s Creek with super powers. I’m not opposed to building up characters or establishing back stories but a title like this isn’t the place for it. At the very least you shouldn’t devote an entire issue to it. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Deathlocket will have a large role to play in Avengers Arena. They practically force everything about the poor girl down your throat. If she is important to the story that’s fine but there are better ways of fleshing out a character. They could have revealed her back story over a couple issues instead.

So far Avengers Arena is off to a rocky start. Issue 3 is right around the corner maybe it will get the series back on track.


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