Avengers (2018-) #40 by Jason Aaron

Avengers (2018-) #40Avengers (2018-) #40 by Jason Aaron
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Punchy, punchy, punchy, punchy, punch!

It’s Phoenix Cap vs Phoenix Doom, witch occasional flashbacks to everyone vs Namor!

I mean, really, that’s kind of it, but the narration, care of Steve Rogers’ internal monologue, raises this above your standard superhero slugfest. To be…a really cool superhero slugfest.

Of course, it’s good ol’ Victor von Doom who gets all the best lines here, such as, “Doom does not do aperitifs,” and “Doom has no interest in foreplay!”

Good stuff.

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Avengers (2018-) #39 by Jason Aaron

Avengers (2018-) #39Avengers (2018-) #39 by Jason Aaron
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So, who’s the first mutant? That’s Namor, right?

Except Apocalypse, or En Sabah Nur, who’s name literally translates to “The First One” is many thousands of years old…and a mutant.

Oh, but Selene is thousands of years older than him, so is it her?

But, no, there were mutants one million years BC, and one of them was a red haired girl, who became the host of the Phoenix.

Jason Aaron continues to rewrite the ancient history of the Marvel Universe and I am quite happy for him to do so, because he’s really, really good at it.

This issues is illustrated by Dale Keown, so it’s no surprise that the art is really good too.

But coupled with Dan Slott’s revelation that Franklin Richards isn’t a mutant over in Fantastic Four, there are a lot of non-X-office writers messing with mutantdom at the moment, and one can only hope that the editorial teams of all these books are actually communicating and coordinating all of this.

Still, good comic is good.

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Avengers (2018-) #38 by Jason Aaron

Avengers (2018-) #38Avengers (2018-) #38 by Jason Aaron
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

By no means a bad comic, but one that feels like it’s winding down from the last bug story while also setting up the next, and, as such, is a little unsatisfying.

In fact, all of Aaron’s run has been one big story, building to, one hopes, some kind of spectacular pay off. However, sometimes I worry that it’s all building to nothing and it’ll just fizzle out as the book gets relaunched with a new creative team and all these plot threads will be left dangling.

But that’s the risk you take with modern comics, and Marvel are to be commended for letting Aaron (and McGuinness) stay on this book for so long that things set up in the first few issues are only just beginning to pay off now.

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Avengers (2018-) #37 by Jason Aaron

Avengers (2018-) #37Avengers (2018-) #37 by Jason Aaron
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Age of Konshu storyline comes to a mostly satisfying conclusion.

Although, of course, given the fact that Konshu took over the world in a bid to stop Mephisto, and the Avengers have now stopped Konshu…what about Mephisto?

Although that’s essentially the question that’s asked at the end of the book, and the answer seems to be: Maybe the Phoenix can stop Mephisto?!

I guess we’ll find out in the comic Phoenix storyline…?

It’d be nice to know what Mephisto’s actually up to.

Still, this comic was great, and I enjoyed the part where Moon Knight ultimately rejected the Phoenix, even though it got a bit meta with his, “This isn’t the saga of Dark Moon Knight” line.

The art is, of course, cracking.

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Avengers (2018-) #36 by Jason Aaron

Avengers (2018-) #36Avengers (2018-) #36 by Jason Aaron
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I complained last issue that it was all set up that was clearly building up to something…

…and boy does that pay off in this issue!

I didn’t think the upcoming Phoenix related storyline in Avengers was going to grow out of the Age of Konshu, but I should have known Jason Aaron, and this Avengers run, better than that.

Everything so far has been building up to this. The seeds have all been sown from the very start of this run and, honestly, it’s magnificent.

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