By Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Danny Miki, Allen Martinez & Victor Olazaba (inks), Justin Ponsor (colors), Marko Djurdjevic (art)
Wow, where do I start? I guess it’s safe to say that this series is finally getting back on track after months and months of delays. The story picks up exactly where the last issue ended. alien symbiotes invaded New York and after a large battle the Avegers were able to repel them. Tracing the attack’s origin to Latveria, the whole Avengers fleet heads over there to give a smack down on Doctor Doom, who along with his scientists are completely unaware of what happened in New York. But that doesn’t stop the Avengers from starting a full scale war. In a glorious series of consecutive double page splashes (beautifully done by Mark Bagley), the Avengers completely decimate Doom’s army. Seriously, the scale of what we see here rivals the stuff Bryan Hitch did in Ultimates #2. It’s that chaotic!
Iron Man confronts Doom head on and in their struggle Doom resorts to arcane magic to bust through Tony’s shields. Luckily, the Sentry’s around for back up. What happens next is just completely weird, but let’s just say this issue had me laughing at the end! Tony Stark gets in more trouble than any superhero I know. I wonder how he’s going to get himself out of this one.
Brian Bendis is going all weird and random on this book. I’m not sure what its voice or direction is, but the constant odd-ball surprises are quite funny. There are some outstanding questions that need answers, however. If Doom didn’t order the attack on New York, who did? And where is Doom’s army of Atlantians (read last year’s Sub-Mariner if you don’t understand what I’m talking about). Mark Bagley? Wow! This guy blows the doors wide open when he gets to the battle. If this is his last Marvel comic book, he definitely went out in style. (Grade: B-)
– J. Montes