Avengers #6 (Marvel Comics)
by Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson & Tom Palmer
I have to admit that Marvel has done an excellent job with its Avengers line, even with the recent retooling and relaunching of a number of Avengers-related titles, including this one. It was clear from the start that this Avengers title was meant to harken back to the more cosmic adventures of the team from the 1970s and ’80s, and Bendis succeeded in that regard. While I enjoyed the arc when it began, this concluding chapter proved to be thoroughly frustrating. At times, I had no idea what was going on. I also realized that I had no idea who a featured character — the woman over the future Hulk’s shoulder on the cover — was. What I could piece together is that the arc ended as it began, and nothing really happened in the end. This was a setup for a larger story down the line, it seems, and six issues at $3.99 US a pop seems like a lot for a prologue. I’ve also come to dislike Marvel Boy/Noh-Varr’s role in the story. He’s an easy plot device for a time-travel story, nothing more, and to that end, Bendis transforms him into far too powerful a figure. It’s a shame that in the process, he wasn’t transformed into a more interesting figure. Judging from a single panel in this comic, Bendis has also engineered circumstances that bring Killraven into mainstream Marvel continuity, though I can’t imagine why this was a necessary development.