Avengers #8 Review

by Harlan Ivester on September 19, 2018

Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: David Marquez
Colorist: Justin Ponsor
Publisher: Marvel Comics

            The last issue of Jason Aaron’s Avengers rekindled hope for many that his run would finally live up to the hype. Does this one continue the trend? Ehhhhhh, kinda. It’s most redeeming moments are when it addressing the concerns longtime fans have had so far, like She-Hulk just being a female Banner, or Carol and Tony finally resolving their conflict from Civil War II. It also makes itself one of the most important issues yet by officially establishing the new status quo for the team. If you’re someone that reads for the bigger picture, I think you’ll have a good time with this one, but if you’re reading for character moments, this probably leaves a little to be desired even though there’s hardly any action. They’re fine – an improvement over the first five issues, but still not worthy of the hype that surrounds something with either the Avengers title or Aaron name attached to it.

            If I can get my complaint for the visuals out of the way, David Marquez really only seems to be able to draw a couple different faces. But damn, if the dude doesn’t know how to sell any and all emotions, and these convincing expressions are often enough to differentiate the faces to keep them from getting too samey. While the dialogue doesn’t really do much for me, excellent delivery of a so-so script brings the presentation as a whole up a letter grade. The coloring seems a little flat. Anyone bothered by the palette of Marvel movies in generally will most likely find the same problem here. It’s not totally grating, but I could have gone with some more flair in a setting as naturally interesting as a deceased giant in the north pole that’s been internally renovated for superheroes to live in. Sure, it’s a spectacle from the outside in scale alone, but step in and it doesn’t feel too different from a normal tower.

            It’s a no from me, dawg. Not a hard one, but I just don’t think it’s worth the price of admission. Get it on sale if you’re that curious. Anyone seriously miffed by Aaron’s treatment of, say, Jennifer Walters will be happy to see that he’s at least not ignorant of the character’s usual being, but maybe he shouldn’t have waited until issue eight to say something. Some great visual performances help elevate the book, but visually it’s still not interesting enough to keep things healthy and above water. Especially if you’ve been wary of Aaron’s Avengers, hold off.

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