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.



  • I think Parker definitely has the skill to make them interesting. Heck, he made Centurius and Boomerang interesting, and Mr. Hyde and Satana downright lovable. I just haven’t seen him making the effort yet. Maybe he figures the series will probably be cancelled anyway (the numbers continue to tank) – why bother.

    Art could certainly be worse and Edwards is better here than he was on the rushed and messy conclusion of the previous arc. But his stuff on this title is the very definition of mediocre. There are enough books out there with good art to make this one hard to justify.

    Hope I’m wrong, but I am not even cautiously optimistic.

  • It still seems clear that Jeff Parker just doesn’t give a damn about the actual Dark Avengers. I get that – neither do I. But if editorial dictat is going to force them as the protagonists, he’s going to either have to make them interesting or find a way to shuffle them off. I dug the world he created here, and would have enjoyed watching Ghost, Troll, Satana etc. tinker around in it, but the loss of the core cast and the amazing Kev Walker has crippled this book.

    • There is a clear lack of deep characterization on the Dark Avengers, I agree with you. However, I do believe he can make them interesting, especially in such a setting. Jeff Parker has a talent to write interesting characters. After all, he made Red Hulk one of my favorite Marvel character, a fact that would have been impossible for anyone to say during the Jeph Loeb run, yet his run with the character was nothing short of fantastic.

      As for Kev Walker, I have nothing to say about that excepti that you’re right. Neil Edwards is nothing like him, yet it could be much worse.