Avengers #7 Review

by Harlan Ivester on September 05, 2018

Writer: Jason Aaron
Inkers: Sara Pichelli with Elisabetta D’Amico
Colorist: Justin Ponsor
Publisher: Marvel Comics

          It’s no secret that Jason Aaron’s Avengers has been a little disappointing for most people. I couldn’t have been more excited to see one of my favorite writers taking on such an important book, but the first arc has wrapped up and unfortunately couldn’t be saved from such weird pacing and clustered art. Surely Aaron can write an Avengers title, right? We’ve all been hoping he’d find his footing, and thankfully, the time has finally come.

          The seventh issue of Aaron’s Avengers focuses solely on the Ghost Rider of 1,000,000 B.C. and his origin story. It’s the first time his run has felt like it’s able to breathe. All the emotional points stick the landing, character motivations are clear and make sense, and the plot is short but satisfying. This Ghost Rider is from a simpler time and therefor is a simpler character than our current one, but for a one off, he still does his job well. This is the closest thing we’ve gotten to definitive proof that the Avengers of way back when are more than just a wacky idea fit only for a comic book. I’ve heard many people say that the dialogue of the Avengers has been not so great, and I’m happy to report that it too has clicked into place. Every reaction and exchange feels genuine and believable. It’s exactly the reassurance I needed to give the series another chance.

          Sara Pichelli is of course a crucial factor in the book’s improvement, as I said before, Avengers #7 is a breath of fresh air in writing, but that goes for the art, too. There’s so much space, I can tell exactly what’s happening and I never had to go back and reread to make sense of anything! I only wish Pichelli’s flames were more flamboyant. They’re arguably the most interesting part of the Ghost Rider look, but here they just go straight up. They don’t dance. That’s about the only negative I can think of, though. Perspective choices finally allow us to easily follow the action and get a feel for the depth of a scene. Justin Ponsor’s coloring mostly goes for a realistic setting, instead using the time of day to compliment the story beats. Fires light up caves like classic ghost story stages. Do I even need to explain how perfectly that fits a Ghost Rider origin story?

          I hope the structure of the first arc of Jason Aaron’s Avengers was just suffering from some sort of editorial push. If the book keeps up like this, it will be exactly what we wanted from the start. Avengers#7 takes a giant step forward in pacing, dialogue, structure, and equally important, the art. It all meshes together so much better. If this run hasn’t been your thing so far, give it another shot.

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