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Avengers World #10: Review

Jul 2014
Nick Spencer, Marco Checchetto

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4 stars

Avengers World #10 Review by (August 9, 2014)
The alternating artists schedule continues with Marco Checchetto back for another even-numbered issue. This issue mainly lays out the state-of-play in this series' story so far, with the only new elements being Andrew Forson's television interview and AIM's attack on the White House. Euroforce were introduced in #8, which I haven't synopsised. Apart from Black Knight they're all new characters (Baby Killer, Sliver, Swordswoman, Tiger and Tumult). But Swordswoman is daughter of the original Swordsman. In #8 Dane Whitman explained that he was in temporary charge of Euroforce because his Ebony Blade is needed against Morgan and her forces. This issue BK complains that Captain America ignored his request to rejoin the Avengers. And an editorial comment mentions his recent mental difficulties relating to his evil sword (as seen in Original Sins #2). BK has been an on/off Avenger since his debut in Av#47. Recently he's been a free agent, but he spent some time in Captain Britain and MI13 where his problems with his sword resurfaced. (Not to be confused by the fact that for part of that time he had a clever forgery that was also evil.)


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers World #10 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
The Avengers and SHIELD have been dealing with 3 problems simultaneously since this series began. Gorgon has raised a giant dragon from the Earth, and the island of Madripoor is on its head. Morgan Le Fay has raised zombies from the Cities of the Dead beneath some European cities. And AIM Island has exploded with futuristic technology.

Steve Rogers and Bruce Banner are advising Maria Hill, Director of SHIELD, on helicarrier Iliad. She decides to concentrate on AIM first, but is beaten to the punch when Andrew Forson their Scientist Supreme gives a television interview at a scientific symposium.

Forson fields the opening question of the extreme weather in the US allegedly caused by by Barbuda island's sudden expansion. His people are investigating, and if it's true AIM will take responsibility. In the meantime they are sending humanitarian aid anyway. Personally he thinks it's more to do with America's pollution, and on that point he promises an AIM breakthrough in renewable energy.

Next Hill gets a call from Xian Zheng Director of SPEAR, the just-revealed Chinese equivalent of SHIELD. Their flying HQ, the Circle, is trying to stop the dragon from attacking Shanghai. His superhero troop the Ascendant aided by Avenger Falcon are fighting Hand warriors on smaller dragons. The rest of the Avengers team (Black Widow, Shang-Chi and Wolverine) sent to Madripoor is onboard the Circle. But suddenly transmission is cut off as the big dragon attacks them.

Bruce Banner contacts Tony Stark to suggest he confronts Forson at the symposium. (But both scientists can't help speculating what AIM's renewable energy solution will be.) Iron Man flies there at top speed.

Maria Hill contacts the Avengers Hawkeye and Spider-Woman they sent to the initial trouble-spot in Velletri, Italy. (Starbrand wandered off in #4, and Nightmask isn't visible this issue either.) They have been joined by a new team Euroforce led by Black Knight in fighting the 1st zombie outbreak.

Iron Man smashes his way into the television studio. He and the Scientist Supreme exchange insults about them both having initially made their money from selling arms. But Forson also gets in cracks about the Superhero Civil War and Stark 'allowing' Norman Osborn to take over the country in Dark Reign.

But Forson claims that now AIM is a force for good. They've got a source of tech from the future, and they're willing to share it with mankind. But obviously Iron Man and the forces he represents don't want that to happen.

Then 'Forson' kills the transmission and reveals himself to be a robot with a built-in bomb.

Back on the Iliad Maria Hill abandons her post to check on another strand of her defence. Cannonball and Sunspot return from the future where they were sent to investigate AIM's source of tech. She's expecting the robot Jocasta to be with them, but instead they've brought back the Next Avengers, children of the current Avengers (who Hill already knew about).

Sunspot tells Hill that Jocasta let them in on 1 of Maria's secrets, that she had a team of Secret Avengers who agreed to have their memories wiped after every mission. But Hill utters the codeword 'Reverie', and the Avenger duo immediately forget where they've been.

The final pages show the continuing problems, now including AIM forces descending on the White House.

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Marco Checchetto
Marco Checchetto
Andres Mossa
Simone Bianchi (Cover Penciler)
Simone Bianchi (Cover Inker)
Simone Bianchi (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Joe Caramagna.
Editor: Wil Moss.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Knight
Black Knight

(Dane Whitman)
Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Sam Wilson)

(Clint Barton)

(Bruce Banner)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

(Jessica Drew)

(James Howlett)

Plus: Ascendant, Cannonball, Euroforce, Next Avengers, S.P.E.A.R..

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