Avengers #7 starts off a new storyline and one that is ripe with fan-gasmic potential. Parker Robbins, the man who went by the moniker “The Hood,” is back into the picture once again and in search of the Infinity Gems. Robbins was a great character who elevated his status in the recent years by gaining a large control over a portion of the dreaded underworld. Unfortunately, he was put in his place by the Marvel heroes and stripped of the powers that made him such a feared adversary.
The desperation of Robbins is a huge portion of the issue and one that works well within the confines of the story. After all if you held power and had a taste of what it entails would you not also go through desperate measures to regain the semblance of your former self? Evidently Parker knows a great deal regarding the Infinity Gems because two of the locations that he visits in this issue are the Baxter Building and the area where the Inhuman city of Attilan once resided. The Red Hulk makes his grand appearance into the Avengers as has been previously advertised. This leads to a direct confrontation with Robbins, but the reasoning behind this seemed to be the result of a matter of convenience to bring Rulk into the story more so than anything.
There is also a continuation of the confrontation between Iron Man, Thor, and Wonder Man in which Simon continues to voice his disdain in the Avengers and what they are doing and tries to convince them to shut things down before another teammate dies. Simon pegs Tony Stark perfectly by basically declaring that Tony only cares or involves himself when it concerns him and that is a dead-on description of the man in the Iron Man suit. The weakest part of the story is when Noh-Varr brings his girlfriend Annie to Avengers Tower mostly due to the poor execution of the dialogue that consists of members of the team repeatedly stating aloud the fact that Noh-Varr is an alien. It is just hard to fathom the notion of these heroes tossing that banter around as if it held no possible significance.
I really wasn’t feeling the JRJR art which has been an issue for me since the revamp of the title. It just doesn’t feel visually dynamic enough for a title of this magnitude. Don’t get me wrong though because I love Romita Jr., I just am not too keen on this.
Overall though this series has been a fantastic read and Bendis has certainly set the table for some intriguing possibilities.
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