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I Am an Avenger #2: Review

Oct 2010
Greg Rucka, Michael Lark

Story Name:

Post Mortem

Review & Comments

5 stars

I Am an Avenger #2 Review by (November 23, 2021)

Review: The first tale is a very moving tribute to America’s fallen soldiers and Captain America’s commitment to honoring them and their sacrifices. Second story is set apart by its realistic art as well as being the only multi-part tale in this series. I wasn’t very familiar with the two principals and had no investment in their relationship, but someone must have, likely the writer as he’s the one who put so much into it. And it works, giving a deep poignant tone to the usual soap opera hijinks. The Jarvis tale is very nice, a thank you (and a you’re welcome in return) to the Avengers’ indefatigable manservant. The last story is another amusing little thing, but with a lot of smaller gags hidden in the crowded art, such as Thor playing croquet with Mjolnir for a mallet and Hawkeye spitting watermelon seeds at Iron Man.

Comments: First story won an Eisner Award for Best Short Story (2011). Third story has cameos by Tigra, Valkyrie, Spider-Man, Black Widow, Spider-Woman, Hawkeye, Dr. Strange, Victoria Hand, and Thor. Fourth story has cameos by dozens of Avengers, too many to list; Spider-Man, Steve Rogers, Jarvis, and Luke Cage stand out. 


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

I Am an Avenger #2 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

One soldier was killed in the action at Broxton (seen in the SIEGE event): Private Donald Horodowsky of Memphis, Tennessee. Steve Rogers asks Maria Hill for funeral details so he can attend. Steve visits the wake and talks with the escort then stands by at the funeral ceremony. Afterwards he goes to speak to the widow who is angry that her husband died and the military doesn’t know or care who he was. So Steve asks her to tell him about Don so he can remember with her. Afterwards, Steve asks for Don’s dog tags which he adds to his collection of fallen comrades….

“Closure Part 1” 4/5
Writer: Sean McKeever. Art: Mike Mayhew. Colors: Rain Beredo.
Synopsis: On their day off, Justice, Speedball, and Nova, in their civilian identities, are having a night out at a bar. At the same time, Firestar is there with her pals Hellcat and Photon, likewise out of uniform. Then Robbie spies the women and he brings Angel (Firestar’s secret identity, Angelica Jones, not the X-Man with wings) over to say hello to Rich but things have been cool between her and Vance since their breakup. This leads to gossip within the two groups that doesn’t please Angel and Vance. And then, suddenly, everyone vanishes except for Vance and Angel. Changing into their uniforms, Firestar and Justice fly around the city and see no one. Then Angel is blasted from the sky; the two look up and see…younger versions of themselves, with mayhem on their minds….

“The Journal of Edwin Jarvis” 4/5
Writer: Paul Tobin. Pencils: David Lopez. Inks: Alvaro Lopez. Colors: Nathan Fairbrairn.
Synopsis: Wolverine is searching the Mansion for Jarvis, trailing him from Avenger to Avenger as the butler delivers customized meals to each hero. Finally, Logan catches up with Jarvis and invites him out for beer and bratwurst to thank him for his service to the team. Jarvis notes in his journal that he does all this because he is a butler…and they are his friends.

“Pie of the Tiger” 4/5
Writer: Jacob Chabot. Art: Jacob Chabot. Colors: Jacob Chabot.
Synopsis: At the Avengers picnic, D-Man enters the pie-eating contest against Valkyrie, Protector (Noh-Varr), and the current champion, Thing. When the dust (and dough) clears, D-Man has beaten Thing by one mouthful. The two go and get sick together.

Michael Lark
Stefano Gaudiano
Matt Hollingsworth
Greg Land (Cover Penciler)
Greg Land (Cover Inker)
Frank D'Armata (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Patsy Walker)

(Edwin Jarvis)

(Ben Grimm)


(James Howlett)

Plus: D-Man (Demolition Man), Firestar (Angel Jones), Justice (Vance Astrovik), Nova (Richard Rider), Photon (Monica Rambeau), Protector (Noh-Varr), Speedball.

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