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Avengers #15: Review

Jul 2011
Brian Michael Bendis, Chris Bachalo

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4 stars

Avengers #15 Review by (January 23, 2013)
Captain America and Iron Man only appear in this issue as talking heads. The 3rd Fear Itself issue, and Chris Bachalo's once again making Ms Marvel's mask weird. This battle takes place during FI#3, and so it falls before last issue's Red Hulk battle. But the Previews information showed this issue as the Red Hulk one, so possibly their contents were switched. The Hawkeye/Spider-Woman romance takes a step forward, from flirting in #13 to kissing here. The talking heads refer to Jessica Drew being given Spider-Woman's powers in the womb by her parents who worked for Hydra. This is part of her revised origin in Spider-Woman: The Origin.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers #15 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
The events of this issue are again surrounded by talking heads. But at least they're all talking about this issue. This issue centres around Spider-Woman, and the chat is all about her too. She is insecure as an Avenger, and looking for a single heroic act to redeem her shady past. As with Red Hulk last issue, she'll get a chance to show her mettle here.

In Fear Itself #3 Steve Rogers sent Hawkeye, Ms Marvel, Protector and Spider-Woman to Brazil to face (someone he didn't know was) the Hulk, who had been transformed by one of the Worthy hammers into Nul, Breaker of Worlds in Fear Itself #2. Now we get to see that conflict.

Nul puts Ms Marvel and Protector out of the fight right from the start. Spider-Woman faces him alone, then with help from Hawkeye's blast arrows. Hawkeye is standing on their hovering quinjet, until Nul throws his hammer and destroys the quinjet from under him.

Ms Marvel and Protector rejoin the battle. Carol Danvers saves the falling Clint Barton, while Noh-Varr knocks Nul down with his blaster. But then Nul's hammer returns to him (like Thor's Mjolnir), knocking Protector over en route.

Now it's Ms Marvel's turn to face Nul with Hawkeye shooting arrows from the sideline. Spider-Woman helps the injured Protector from the battle-site, along with some sheltering children. She commandeers a truck, and picks Hawkeye up on the way out.

Ms Marvel flies Nul up into the air, and drops him in an exploding petrol tanker.

The Avengers and the children then hide, as Nul walks away in frustration. As the tension is released, Hawkeye kisses Spider-Woman.

Chris Bachalo
Mark Irwin
Chris Bachalo
Ed McGuinness (Cover Penciler)
Ed McGuinness (Cover Inker)
Morry Hollowell (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Cory Petit.
Editor: Tom Brevoort.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Clint Barton)

(Bruce Banner)
Ms. Marvel
Ms. Marvel

(Carol Danvers)
Red Hulk
Red Hulk

(Thunderbolt Ross)

(Jessica Drew)


Plus: Protector (Noh-Varr), Worthy.

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