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Comic Review: Avengers #7

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Buckle your seatbelts, kids, because we’re going cosmic with Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers #7, drawn this time by artist Dustin Weaver. Light on action, heavy on unfamiliar territory and heady throughout, Hickman’s Avengers #7 continues to stack the Jenga blocks higher while promising to sort it all out over the long haul.

As teased at the end of issue #6, we’re done with the character issues and on to the next event: The White Event.

The White Event.

The White Event.

I just spoiled 25% of the dialogue for you.

Kidding aside, Hickman continues to build this story outward and upward with bigger and more galactic implications at every turn. This isn’t an Avengers jaunt to Mars; it’s becoming a pan-universal story, and Captain Universe remains the tipping point.

Much of the story takes place in Avengers Tower, and the vibe to this issue is near identical to the last one. There’s lots of talking – even the new alien Nightmask can talk now – and not a lot of doing.

Nightmask is the exception. He’s got some swirly energy and shadow clothing, an affinity for remaking machines, and despite being only a few weeks old, he – along with Captain Universe – knows exactly what’s going on, and knows what needs to be done.

Things are broken in the universe, as we see in a watchtower-like facility at the cosmic hub of space. Something has gone wrong – it’s not quite clear what – but universes are being destroyed, and the Marvel 616 is going to have to do its part to save everything.

Part of that task involves the cosmic selection of an ambassador of sorts, called a Starbrand, and that’s where this issue leads, once all the talking is done.

It’s tough to critique Weaver’s art on this issue because he apes the previous artists so well, without going big at any point, that you almost don’t notice it at all. He’s serviceable, and he doesn’t drop the ball at any point. However, there’s no wow factor to anything you’re going to see.

The same could be said for the story, as it adds to the narrative without a whole lot of payoff. If you like slow burn, intricate cosmic narratives, this is right up your alley.

If you need a reason to care about these mostly unfamiliar characters, you’re quickly going to feel like Sonic the Hedgehog, tapping your foot and waiting for the action to start.

7 out of 10

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