Story: Johnathan Hickman
Art: Mike Deodato
Color: Frank Martin
A Review By Ruben Mendoza
Johnathan Hickman’s grand Avengers story is in full swing and it’s full of twists and turns that you won’t see coming.
Avengers #37 brings us 7 months into the time runs out storyline that Hickman has been building towards between Avengers and New Avengers. The real world has just found out about the incursion events that have been occurring and how the Illuminati has been blowing up Earths in order to save ours; instead of being angry about the people they are killing (they are, kinda) the government is more upset that they weren’t informed. They realize that as terrible as this is, this must be done and they give Namor and his Cabal free reign to do what is necessary to keep Earth intact.
The Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. have come together and are searching all corners of the Earth for the Illuminati but have yet to find them. The story doesn’t give us the specifics as to why the group is exactly on the run or how the Avengers/SHIELD union came about (such is the beauty of the eight months ahead storytelling) so we are somewhat in the dark and asked to play along until we are given that information. That may be problematic in some ways but I have yet to find anything wrong with this storytelling device as the intrigue of what is going on propels me to keep reading.
We don’t know where Black Bolt is or for that matter the big bad Iron Man (who is shown with the Superior armor from November’s Superior Iron Man). It’s is very odd to see former heroes being secretive and act somewhat questionably, most notably Doc Green (Hulk) and Beast acting like total jerks to Steve Rogers. My guess is this is direct fallout from the AXIS storyline currently going on at Marvel. Most of the characters in this issue are acting different than the usually are; gone are the flashy colored Avenger costumes and in their place are monotone black and gray suits. The Avengers are more direct and aggressive in attaining their goals and one of them even bought A.I.M.! The Illuminati are on the run and they are finally accepting their roles as anti-heroes or you can even go as far as calling them villains for the actions they chose to commit.
I really enjoyed this as it was more direct than the previous issue, it was about what was done in the dark and the consequences of the actions chosen by the Avengers. The art from Deodato was amazing; this guy brings it every time he is on a book. The colors were fantastic with great work provided by Frank Martin. This is a good issue made even better when you pair it with the New Avengers book. This is going to be one story you guys are going to want to read. (Semi-spoiler) This twist at the end of the book literally caught me off guard and that alone will want to make you read this book.
Ruben is a contributing writer for Drunk On Comics. You can follow him on Twitter at @TheRubenMendoza.