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Avengers #21: Review

Jan 2012
Brian Michael Bendis, Renato Guedes

Story Name:

(no title given)

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Avengers #21 Review by (March 14, 2012)
This is part 4 of the Avengers' Shattered Heroes arc. Storm is the centre of the cover, and the publisher's blurb proudly announces that "Storm is now an Avenger". Which doesn't really match up with the facts that she joined 2 issues ago, and in this issue she's unconscious in her only 2 pages. Because I've done these issues out of order, I've already covered Spider-Woman's tangled history with Hydra and Madame Hydra in the next issue. Quake is the only team member not in this issue. She's off tracking down Norman Osborn, as we'll see next issue.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers #21 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
The Avengers have split up to try to track down Norman Osborn and his allies.

Hawkeye and Spider-Woman are in Thunderbolts Mountain, menaced by Hulk-like Hydra agents with Spider-powers. Jessica KO's Clint and tries to persuade the Hulks that she is the daughter of Madame Hydra and still a Hydra agent embedded in the Avengers. But the Hulks have been warned to expect this ploy, and quickly subdue her.

At OsCorp Industries Red Hulk and Storm have been attacked by ant-sized HAMMER agents who invade their heads through various orifices. Storm is already down, and Red Hulk follows shortly.

Iron Man and Protector were investigating an old AIM base when Stark's armour was taken over, and he started attacking Noh-Varr. Protector evades Iron Man and slaps an override device on the side of his head. But whoever's controlling the armour makes it blast Protector, crush the override, and jet off with his unconscious teammate.

Maria Hill is piloting a quinjet with Captain America and Vision. They are being attacked by a giant HAMMER agent who can float but also hit. Ie a combination of Giant-Man/Goliath and Vision powers. The real Vision exits the craft to fight off the giant. Both plummet to the ground, but not before the quinjet goes into a nosedive.

More HAMMER giants attack the jet. Cap bails out with Maria Hill. But the giants capture the parachuting pair.



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Renato Guedes
Jose Wilson Magalhaes
Jason Keith
Daniel Acuna (Cover Penciler)
Daniel Acuna (Cover Inker)
Letterer: Cory Petit.
Editor: Tom Brevoort.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Hawkeye
Hawkeye

(Clint Barton)
Hulk
Hulk

(Bruce Banner)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Red Hulk
Red Hulk

(Thunderbolt Ross)

Plus: A.I.M., H.A.M.M.E.R., Protector (Noh-Varr), Quake (Daisy Johnson).