By: Jeff Parker (writer), Neil Edwards (artist) Sotocolor (colorist)

The Story: The Dark Avengers are thrown in a strange place, captured by familiar, yet different versions of characters we know and love.

The Review: For a while, this title suffered by mixing in too many characters and plot points at once. Having the Dark Avengers and Thunderbolts being the focus of this title made it a little bit rushed and unfocused, yet everything changes now. With this title now solely focused on a single team, it is slowly gaining some more interest.

We do not see much of the Dark Avengers in this particular issue, as Jeff Parker takes a little bit more time on the strange world the team has been sent off to. There is a lot of exposition in the pages of this issue, yet it is very interesting, as we can see and be teased once more by the mad concepts Jeff Parker will no doubt bring to this book with this particular storyline he is beginning.

There is some a little action, of course, with Skaar and Moonstone being the focus of these scenes while the other characters are out of action. The action scenes are well-paced and bombastic, while they also serve to gather up some more information on this new place that Jeff Parker is fleshing out.

Even though there is a lot of dialogue and exposition, it does not mean that nothing is happening in this issue, as some pieces are moving even though we do not yet completely know what it will entail. It is that uncertainty which makes the title interesting right now, with us not completely knowing just what will happen. It is also a little bit of a drawback as well, as the Dark Avengers are not even completely formed or aware of what is happening, making the title a little bit out of focus or direction.

Neil Edwards’ art has very much improved since the last issue, which had been kind of rushed if what we saw was to be an indicator of his skills. Here, he shows he can draw actions, explosions and some very nice machinery. His Iron Man armors, vehicles and other doodads are particularly well done. The colors, meanwhile, are good, but not great. They do the job nicely, but are not thoroughly excellent.

Conclusion: An issue full of interesting concepts and exposition with a little nice action thrown in. The title characters are not yet fully in, however, which is a shame.

Grade: B-

Hugo Robberts Larivière

Some Musings: -Who else can’t wait to see how John Walker gets back in the U.S. Agent costume and role?

– I am glad to see that Moonstone is still in the title, although I always thought that the best characters in Jeff Parker’s Thunderbolts were Ghost and Troll.