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Avengers & The Infinity Gauntlet #2

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010
By: Michael Deeley

Brian Clevinger & Lee Black
Brian Churilla, Terry Pallot (i)
Marvel Comics
We've been duped. This isn't a retelling of The Infinity Gauntlet. It's a US 1 comic! Thanos only appears on one page. Clevinger & Black have suckered Marvel into publishing a new story based on the infamous 1980s series about a cyborg truck driver in space. Only now, it's as awesome as the idea.

US Archer takes the heroes, (and Dr. Doom), through a dangerous section of space, outruns battalions of Kree and Skrulls, gets into a fight with space pirates, and storms a space zeppelin. Yes--space zeppelin.

The series is now feeling more like a sitcom. The heroes are fairly one-dimensional characters but they play well off each other. Spider-Manís the joker. Wolverineís the tough guy. Hulkís the dummy. Ms. Marvel is the stuffy leader. And Dr. Doom is the violent psychopath who wants everyone to bow before him. It is interesting to see Ms. Marvel leading the team and acting differently from her normal self. Sheís more uptight and rigid than her ďnormalĒ self. Itís the kind of role a cartoon Captain America might play. And yet, I like seeing her as a leader.

The artís as good as last issue. Churilla and Pallot have a wider variety of things to draw and they all look great. The pirates, the aliens, the zeppelin, and even the customers at the truck stop all look unique. The overall feeling is loose and cartoony, but still fun and exciting.

The story so far feels disposable. Itís fun, but not serious. This isnít the epic battle I was expecting, itís a straight comedy. But itís a good comedy. This is the kind of trifle that comic book used to be known for. Itís disposable entertainment that leaves no lasting impressions.

Except the revelation that Dr. Doom watches Star Trek. Of course he does.



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