By Dan Slott & Christos N. Gage (writers), Stefano Caselli (art), Daniele Rudoni (colors)

Dan Slott isn’t one of those writers who can do high levels of drama, tension, or controversy (at least from what I’ve read). He’s not Ed Brubaker or Grant Morrison. But what he lacks in those aforementioned areas he makes up in providing pure entertainment. When you buy a Dan Slott book you know you’ll be getting a whole lot of bang for your buck. The guy sees the Marvel Universe as his sandbox and he’ll not hesitate to use all the toys he can find. Issue #11 wraps up plot points that have been going on since the first issue. Indeed, if the series were to be canceled tomorrow I’d be content with the story we’d been given. Luckily for us, the show will go on!

In this issue, we finally get the showdown with KIA. The guy’s gone completely out of control, murdering a bunch of Initiative heroes, and really, who knows what he’ll do next. Teaming up with The New Warriors, the Avengers try to overpower KIA with brute force. The problem is, with the Tactigon (an omega class weapon), he’s virtually unstoppable.

Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage, and Stefano Caselli deliver pay off after pay off. I honestly thought I might find myself getting bored with just a “slugfest” of an issue, but the way the whole situation is approached makes the battle very engaging. Even characters that I normally hate like Rage and Slapstick step up to the plate and deliver some excellent performances. Stefano Caselli’s art brings this book to life, but with colorist Daniele Rudoni, the art almost feels like stills from an animated feature. This title may be the furthest thing from an Avengers book, but let me tell you, it ranks up there every month with the best of them. (Grade: A)

– J. Montes