Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Ed McGuinness
Colors by David Curiel
Inks by Mark Morales and Jay Leisten
The Avengers are assembling. With the threat of the Final Host looming and dead Celestials raining from the sky, Captain America, Iron Man and Thor race into battle and they are not alone. Black Panther and Doctor Strange are in a fierce battle beneath the Earth. Captain Marvel is trying to divert the falling Celestials away from the city and Ghost Rider has entered the fray. All of this is amusing the individual responsible for starting all this; Loki.
The first thing I enjoyed about this issue is Loki recognizing that he is just playing his part. His voice over is well written and he is able to put forth information without it being heavy handed exposition. The transition back to the fight looks great and there is the sense of the legacy of these characters are Cap, Tony and Thor banter with each other. You feel the sense of history is how they interact with each other and it comes across in this issue. Even when Carol shows up, the sense of this team starting to coalesce is palpable. The same can’t be said for some of the other potential members and I like how that part is handled.
Hulk is practically thrown at Ghost Rider and their interaction goes as smoothly as one would expect. The finale of this issue puts the team on track to face the biggest threat they ever have and there is an exciting level of tension in this book out of the gate. There are a lot of great questions being asked and mysteries beginning to take shape as the Avengers realize the limits of their powers as well as who is behind the threat itself. Both the writing and art are fantastic. McGuiness has drawn some beautiful panels in this issue and the inks and colors make them pop, especially in the action scenes. Aaron is crafting a really fun and inventive story for these classic characters and I really want to see how it plays out.