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AVENGERS WORLD #4
JONATHAN HICKMAN & NICK SPENCER
STEFANO CASELLI (A)
Cover by MIKE DEODATO
• The City of The Dead will rise.
• StarBrand must confront the ghosts of his past.
Marvel’s last Avengers Event, Infinity, was a really big deal. So much so that Jonathan Hickman added character after character to the Avengers roster, and it was getting hard to keep up. Sure, when you’re fighting an intergalactic war with an event pacing like a Michael Bay Summer Blockbuster, it’s easy to spotlight a character here and a character there. We really don’t care that much about them during the event. But, what do you do with that big of a roster AFTER the event ends? Well, if you’re Marvel, you just publish another book and fill it full of all of those new Avengers. And that’s exactly what Avengers World has been throughout it’s first three issues, and ish #4 was no different. Although this issue kept to spotlighting individual members in each single issue that has made the title fun, I just don’t personally care for the character spotlighted in this issue.
Avengers World has taken a portion of a storyline created by the widely imaginative, if not a bit overly spirited, Jonathan Hickman, full of all sorts of amazing characters, and, in the hands of equally amazing, yet equally different, writer Nick Spencer, Avengers World has given a broad and diverse group of characters a stage on which to show their stuff. These characters could have easily been left to the wayside in the wake of Infinity‘s ending, but it’s been a fun ride to see them getting the love they deserve. Even better is that Spencer is going to eventually tie all of these different storylines together into something that could be very special indeed. This issue takes readers to the underground City of the Dead located beneath Vellitri, Italy to investigate some disappearances. While the rest of the team is attacked by ghostly images, Starbrand is haunted by images of his past, and the destruction of his high school on the day he received his Starbrand powers. Sebastian Druid is introduced as yet another member of this grand team, but the inclusion of some magical character is really nice, especially given the great timing of the whole City of the Dead curse, and by the end of the book we get a Morgan Le Fay reveal! I love Marvel Magic! Stefano Casselli is brilliant on art, and his pacing, character depictions, and consistency and all top-notch. The emotions on Starbrand’s face are spot-on, and it gave an otherwise boring character some appeal.
I just don’t like Starbrand! I was a big fan of the New Universe and New Universal stuff, but I was a bit worried about Hickman bringing those characters into the standard 616-Universe. I totally see how bringing Starbrand and the rest of those characters into continuity works within Hickman’s multiverse shattering epoch, but I was afraid these characters would be ignored in lieu of ALL the other characters that have been thrown into the mix. And that’s exactly what has happened. The one thing (The only thing!) we knew about Starbrand’s past was his terribly tragic, and horribly derivative, origin story, but it wasn’t something that really needed to be addressed again. We already knew the kid was messed up, and there was no reason to tell us again. And his origin is the same one used for all Starbrands, and I’m just not sure there’s anything more there to explore, and this particular issue explored no new ground at all about Starbrand while spending most of its time focused on that character. It seemed like a waste.
Not all was lost in this issue, however, as the addition of new Avenger Sebastian Druid to the mix, the addition of some magic badguys showing up in the midst of all the other supernatural things going on in the overall title, and some amazing art make Avengers World #4 a pretty good read. I love that they’re keeping the focus of each issue on a single character, and building up to a bigger story in the process, but this ish focusing on Starbrand without giving us any real new information or insight about the character, or exploring any new facet of his origin story. I admit, though, that origin story has been quite played out, so I can’t for the life of me figure out why they’d choose to put any sort of focus on Starbrand at all. He didn’t need half the book to show off the power magic has over him, and I felt a bit cheated.
Writing: 3 Out of 5
Art: 4.5 Out of 5
Overall: 4 Out of 5