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Review: Avengers Assemble 22

Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Warren Ellis
Art by Paco Diaz and Matteo Buffagni

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I have not read much in the way of this series. I honestly didn’t make it through Bendis’ first arc finding that some of his most boring and pointless dialogue in his career. It felt a forced and rushed job. That being said, I ignored the book once DeConnick took it over since I’ve never really connected to her writing. Her writing is in no way bad and I hate that I feel I have to say this, but it also is not because she’s a she. So of course, the only reason to pick this up was Warren Ellis. Let’s be honest, he is one of the greatest comic book writers of our lifetime and he would easily be in the top ten comic book writers of all time, if not in the top five. From absurd humor to dark and intense drama he’s mastered it all with a rare ease to flow between styles and genres. So, yea, that’s why I picked up this book.

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To be honest, it was an entertaining but forgettable issue though. That is not to say it is poorly written or a bad issue. I think for what ComicCodes.com is for, this is the perfect issue. If you like these writers then it is worth reading but I don’t think people will clamor to add this to their collections. To give credit to both writers’ talents this does not feel like an issue written by two writers. Their styles blended well to create a humorous and lighthearted issue. The frivolity of the issue was also a pleasant take on the Avengers compared to Hickman’s epic yet heavy and serious core titles. While not everyone may enjoy the ways certain characters are portrayed (some people get upset over a lighthearted approach to Banner/Hulk) I thought it was fun.

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As to the art, I in no way thought it was bad, but at no point did I feel it added anything extra to this issue. It was straightforward and to the point, but it wasn’t stiff or boring. It didn’t excel the book to new heights but no one would turn this book down because of the art. Could I possibly be any more tepid on it?

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So while not the greatest read, it was fun. The true DeConnick and Ellis fans are so hardcore, they’ll pick this one up anyways. To the rest of you, if you’re looking for a frivolous yet enjoyable Avengers read after Hickman’s dense and serious Infinity narrative then this may be the book for you.

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Rating: 3 out of 5

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