Avengers Academy is a sumptuous feast for the eyes, and while the Cadets take center stage, Christos Gage, Tom Raney, Scott Hanna and Jeromy Cox also mingle their talents for spectacular guest-heroes that include Tigra, Thor, Iron Man, Cap, Spidey, the Thing, Hawkeye, Mockingbird, Ms. Marvel, Power Man and Iron Fist. These champions will be needed, for Korvac returns.
Gage’s plot moves effortlessly from all-out Avengers attack mode to a focus on the human drama of one woman’s fight for freedom. While detailing a modern adventure, he informs the casual reader about Korvac. You don’t need to know any of his factoids to enjoy the story at hand, but Gage weaves the information into the plot and without clunky exposition to fortify the foundation for his tale.
Despite staging a big, cosmic-level playing field, Gage never forgets that most important element of writing is characterization. This tale isn’t really about the Avengers beating an old Big Bad. By and large, this story belongs to Veil. She narrates and thrives in a moment of self-discovery. In one pivotal scene, Gage determines her fate. Veil will become a champion because she believes in an individual’s freedom. Her dialogue is fueled by youth, but the sentiment bears the wisdom of an experienced warrior.
Despite Tigra gracing but one panel in a cameo role, Avengers Academy still earns a perfect score. It’s simply the best book Marvel’s publishing.