Comic Book Review!: Avengers Vol 5 #1-13


Writer: Jonathan Hickman

Artist: Jerome Opeña, Dustin Weaver, Mike Deodato

Inker: Jerome Opeña

Colorist: Dean White, Justin Ponsor, Morry Hollowell, Frank Martin

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Price: $3.99


Hello there comic book fans, today I got a new collected series to review for u and that is Avengers volume 5 #1-13, which Jonathan Hickman took the lead from after Bendis has left, and I gotta say I’m loving it. Hickman has made the stories so far much more fun and action pack, with bigger scaled and more interesting story lines and has given a clear cut idea of the ever rotating and expanding Avengers’ cast. This time around they will be going for a global Avengers, having many teams of characters all kinds of threat that may pop up, now this idea is not new but here it is done very smoothly and generally the characters used are not just left in the background, more on this later. And throughout this review there will be little to no spoilers, I just want to give my thoughts and general feel of the the Avengers title by Hickman.


The Avengers are facing a new threat, a being name Ex Nihilo, with the power and technology to create life and environments on a global scale, so the Avengers are alerted to his appearance on Mars, where Ex Nihilo is terraforming (process of deliberately modifying its structure and makeup to be similar to the biosphere of Earth to make it habitable by Earth-like life) Mars. This of course leads to a clash between the Avengers and Ex Nilhilo, where the Avengers learn that Ex Nilhilo plans to also change up the Earth, but thanks to help from a expanded roster of Avengers, they were able to put a stop to Ex Nilhilo’s plans to transformer the Earth. At least that is what the Avengers think, but Ex Nilhilo has set into motion events that will drastically change the Earth. Events that will introduce us to new characters, and  present problems for the Avengers that they have never face before.


Hickman is doing a pretty good job on the Avengers, he gives good voice to all the characters, good dialogue that don’t feel out of place with the characters, and his stories are top quality Avengers storylines. Hickman does his usual style of storylines here like he did in the Fantastic Four (which is the only other comic I have read from Hickman), where his storylines have a bigger implications then they seem to do, that he leaves many plots or subplots dangling within the story for him to get back to much later down the road. What I have read about Hickman’s ideas for the title is that he has planned a 3 year storyline for the Avengers, so that would mean there will be many unanswered question that is made for u to stick with the title for the long run to find the answers to. This kind of approach has its good and bad to it, some good would be that it makes for some grander stories which fits for the Marvel Universe premier team, making the events and repercussion more meaningful from a good amount of time to buildup, and speaking of that, there is the room to buildup characters and storylines where they will feel more natural, which Hickman has been doing.

We getting introduce to new characters like Hyperion, Smasher, Nightmask, Star Brand, characters that Hickman seem to be slowly building up. Now for the bad, things wouldn’t be easily understood without a deeper reader when it comes to Hickman, and things must be read continuously, for example, a question u may have had in issue one probably wont be answered until issue 10. For Hickman, story arcs doesn’t mean that the story is finish in those few issues of that story arc, that things are just a small part of a bigger story Hickman wants to tell, and this is not always easy for younger readers, new readers or causal readers. But for me, luckily Hickman has captivate me with his story telling so far, he has crafted characters and storylines that makes a reader interested in finding out where things will go in the future. For me personally, I’m interested in seeing where and how he develops Hyperion.


We getting a good influx of new characters or a spotlight on unused characters from Hickman, like new villains such as Ex Nilhilo, a new Hyperion, a new Smasher, new takes on characters like Star Brand, Nightmask, and spotlights on characters like Manifold, Sunspot, Cannonball, and many other new characters or spotlighted characters. And what is good is that Hickman is giving every character to shine, giving back stories to new characters like Hyperion and Smasher, and showcasing Cannonball, Sunspot and Shang-Chi, he is definitely making good use of his large cast of characters and satiate the appetite fans have for certain characters, while breathing new life into the Avengers universe with new characters and fresh storyline. It was interesting that Hickman included characters and concepts from a unused and in the past poorly used imprint, New Universe, where we get the introduction of Star Brand and Nightmask, introducing this brand into the main Marvel Universe.


Since this is a collected edition review, there are multiple artists on this, but to be a bit general and both pacific, I say generally the art throughout the series has been consistently good, that there isn’t any new artist’s artwork was below the quality of the previous artist. So far from these issues, we had three of Marvel’s top artists, Jerome Opeña, Dustin Weaver, Mike Deodato, all of which have produce highly detailed work that is nicely rendered. Characters are designed very beautifully, action is depicted in great detail, lines are clean, backgrounds are also usually equally as detailed, coloring is bold want matches and flows the art style very well. When it came to the art of this series there is little to nothing to really complain about, although Jerome being my favorite I had wished he stick around much longer.


I very satisfied with Hickman


My Take:

Definite Buy

Here are the covers of Avengers vol 5 #1-13, if you think this is up your alley then be sure to pick up this series which should be in stores now, and like always Have Fun Reading! And if you like what you see and read then please, share, like, and comment, help us spread the loving.


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