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Avengers #27: Review

Jun 2012
Brian Michael Bendis, Walt Simonson

Story Name:

(no title given)

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Avengers #27 Review by (June 16, 2012)
I'm still not sure how this series interfaces with the same team of Avengers in Secret Avengers, but I've changed my opinion. The end of this issue indicates that it and the 2nd half of last issue must happen after Protector's appearances in SAv#27-28. (As indeed last issue claimed.) The betrayal by Protector and Ms Marvel there is separate from Noh-Varr's betrayal here. But it doesn't count because they are being mind-controlled by Supremor. The Supremor's desire to control the Phoenix Force here is also presumably separate from his attempt to use the Force to affect Kree evolution then. The end of this issue still doesn't tie in with Thor crashing on the Moon in AvsX#4. But maybe things will become clearer when the delayed SAv#28 comes out next week. Next issue we're back with the Avengers on Earth (or at the very least, judging by cover and publisher's blurb, with Red Hulk).

This is and Avengers vs X-Men tie-in, continuing the adventures of the outer space team of Avengers. Despite the cover, Captain America and Iron Man aren't in this issue. Neither is Red Hulk, so this issue will only go in the Thor library. The first time we met a Kree Accuser, it was Ronan the (Supreme) Accuser in #65 of the original Fantastic Four series. An Accuser is like prosecutor, judge and executioner rolled into one. Ronan is the Kree's top Accuser, and has occasionally taken over running the empire from the Supreme Intelligence. Multiple Accusers have been seen in some recent FF issues, initially FF (not an abbreviation) #6. The first time we met a Kree Sentry (nothing to do with the hero who died in Siege) #459 was 1 issue earlier in Fantastic Four #64. These are robots that the Kree seem to leave lying around on planets they've visited. Other Kree Sentries have cropped up individually. I think we saw Sentries en masse in the Annihilation stories. Noh-Varr's Nega-Bands are quite different from those that Captain Marvel used to wear. They were given him by the Supremor in Dark Avengers Annual #1, when he became Protector. Noh-Varr without his helmet has been getting more young-looking! In his Marvel Boy debut he was portrayed as young but experienced. In #2 of this series he looked like someone who was celebrating puberty by growing a tiny beard. This time beardless he looks something like 11!



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers #27 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Thor wakes up in the Avengers spaceship to find that Protector has left them falling into the sun of the Kree homeworld Hala.

Protector himself arrives on Hala with the piece of the Phoenix Force Thor extracted last issue. He is greeted by a group of Kree Accusers led by Sinta, who takes him to the Supreme Intelligence. The Supremor thanks him, and says that this will enable the Kree to figure out how to capture the whole Phoenix Force. They can then use the Force for their own benefit.

Protector asks if Supremor will use the Phoenix fragment to save Earth from the Force. Supremor says not. Noh-Varr complains that Supremor had declared Earth under the protection of the Kree empire, and had appointed him specifically to protect Earth. Supremor counters that he was really there to keep Earth out of the hands of the Kree's enemies. But now that the Phoenix Force has targeted Earth, there's no helping them. The best that can be hoped for is that while the Force is busy with Earth it will give the Kree time to prepare their own defence.

And so it turns out that Protector wasn't quite the traitor he appeared in the last 2 issues. he was following Supremor's orders, but he believed Supremor had the Earth's best interests at heart.

Back on the spaceship the other Avengers (Beast, Captain Britain, Ms Marvel, Valkyrie, Vision and War Machine) have also woken up. Beast tries to get the ship to use solar power to break free of the sun's gravity, but it isn't enough. Thor goes outside the ship to add his power, and that of his hammer, to pushing the ship. (Cue Walt Simonson cosmic visuals.) But it still doesn't seem to be enough.

Protector continues to try to convince Supremor to help Earth. But Supremor claims (rightly) that Earthlings have proved to be a danger to the empire, and so he'll allow the Phoenix Force to put them out of their misery.

So Noh-Varr uses his Nega-Bands to attack the Supreme Intelligence. He blasts his way through Accusers and Kree Sentries to retrieve the Phoenix fragment.

It is at this point that the other Avengers arrive. (Thor's efforts obviously were enough.) They find him holding the piece of the Force, and attack him to get it back. They leave with it, but not before telling him never to come back to Earth.

Of course, now an even bigger army of Accusers and Sentries start chasing him. And the Supremor teleports away his gift of the Nega-Bands. Relatively unarmed, Protector steals a spaceship and flees Hala. (But not before turning round for a strafing run.)

On Earth Noh-Varr's girlfriend Annie sees the keepsake he left her float glowing in the air. She thinks it's a sign that he's come back to her. But he isn't there.


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Walt Simonson
Scott Hanna
Jason Keith
Walt Simonson (Cover Penciler)
Walt Simonson (Cover Inker)
Letterer: Cory Petit.
Editor: Tom Brevoort.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Beast
Beast

(Hank McCoy)
Ms. Marvel
Ms. Marvel

(Carol Danvers)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)

Plus: Captain Britain, Hildegarde (Hildegarde), Kree, Protector (Noh-Varr), War Machine (James Rhodes).