Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Sara Pichelli
Inks by Sara Pichelli and Elisabetta D’Amico
Colors by Justin Ponsor
Letters by Cory Petit
A million years ago BC, a young boy finds himself living in a cave with the rest of his clan and being burdened with the fact that he is becoming smarter than anyone he knows. When a stranger appears and takes over leadership of the clan, he discovers that the stranger is as smart as he is. The moment the young boy starts to feel less alone in the world, the stranger slaughters the entire clan, leaving the boy alive and alone with a challenge to find him.
Years later, the boy finds himself traveling across the ice when the elements begin to overtake him. At that moment, a snake like creature offers him a very familiar deal. Desperate and dying, the boy accepts and becomes the spirit of vengeance. After emerging with his new powers, the Ghost Rider decides to go on the hunt for the creature that slaughtered his clan and when the two of them meet, we discover another familiar face from the Marvel universe.
The new issue of Avengers has some really interesting and well written story in it courtesy of Jason Aaron. The story has a distinct feel to it and it moves effortlessly from moment to moment and point to point. This is both a good thing and a bad thing in relation to this issue. The story itself is told really well. I was engaged with the characters and satisfied with the reveals, especially the one at the end. The only flaw I really had with the issue is that the pacing of the story made it feel too short. I got to the end of the issue and felt like I skipped something because it seemed to end abruptly. It felt like I was reading the extended introduction.
Sara Pichelli’s art is amazing and there are moments that mix both beauty and brutality in a way that makes the reader appreciate all the details in the art itself. I was blown away with the visuals in this issue and could feel the cold and isolation in many of the panels based on how the characters were rendered. Great art.