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Avengers n.1 #2: Review

Dec 2016
Mark Waid, Barry Kitson

Story Name:

(No title given)

Review & Comments

3.5 stars

Avengers n.1 #2 Review by (December 25, 2016)
Comments: Story takes place after the Stranger's debut in X-MEN #11. An interesting anachronism compared to the original 1960s adventure: Hawkeye makes a reference to THE SIMPSONS. Issue includes the letters page reprinted from AVENGERS #19 (August 1965).

Review: Wait, what happened to the Frightful Four from last issue? Are the bad guys off gloating somewhere after having humiliated the fledgling superhero team? Now that they have Cressida, are the Avengers planning to go back and kick their butts? Still waiting for this series to come together and reveal a point, which Waid must have, in view of his track record with earlier properties. For now, this is okay, no classic yet. Quicksilver narrates, but I can't see that this adds anything to the story. And Hawkeye is even more of a pain in the butt in his needling of Cap than in the original.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers n.1 #2 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The new Avengers team (Captain America, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver) is at the beach, battling a huge sea monster. As the beach crowd heckles them, they manage to defeat the creature by having Wanda rile up the waters surrounding it, presumably scaring it off. Pietro is exhausted and cannot carry them all back to the mansion so they have to take a bus, another embarrassing moment....

Tony Stark gives the new Avengers his latest jet-stream cruiser, though it is short on weapons. That night, both Pietro and Wanda have a nightmare that the Stranger is coming for them. Pietro wants to leave but Wanda insists on staying with the team. They fill in Cap and Hawkeye on the Stranger: he is a near-omnipotent alien being who was able to defeat the X-Men easily. Cap tells them all that it is their choice on whether to say and face the villain, and everyone elects to stay out of guilt. They fly over to consult the X-Men, resulting in an uneasy first meeting between the two teams. Professor X tells Cap that the X-Men will take care of the Stranger sometime soon but Cap insists on immediate action. The peeved Xavier sends the Avengers off in a trance with the coordinates of the Stranger's current location programmed into their jet. The Stranger is in Northern Thailand, approaching a possibly mutant woman named Cressida. The Avengers arrive and confront the villain who easily keeps them at bay. Then Cressida lets loose with some power and suddenly the four heroes are much more powerful than ever before. They overwhelm the Stranger who, deciding that Cressida is not a mutant, leaves. Cressida reveals she has the power to increase the abilities of anyone around her. They offer to make her part of the team and she flies off with the Avengers, intending to send word back to her people. What they don't realize is that her people are all dead, apparently the result of her use of her special ability....   

Barry Kitson
Mark Farmer
Jordan Boyd
Barry Kitson (Cover Penciler)
Barry Kitson (Cover Inker)
Jordan Boyd (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Clint Barton)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

(Pietro Maximoff)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)

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