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Review: Mighty Avengers #9 (Ewing and Land)

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Posted by: Byron Brewer, Contributing Editor
04/09/2014 - 10:52pm | Updated: 32 weeks 1 day Ago
Writer: 
Al Ewing,
Pencils: 
Greg Land,
Inks: 
Jay Leisten,
Colors: 
Frank D' Armata and Edgar Delgado,
Letterer: 
VC's Cory Petit,
Cover: 
Greg Land, Jay Leisten and Frank D' Armata,
Publisher: 
Marvel Comics
Price: 
$3.99
Release Date: 
April 9, 2014

Al Ewing has me riveted.

I was not much for the “Diverse Avengers” for diversity’s sake when this title was first announced. Too divisive, to PC for my taste.

Boy, has Ewing showed me (and all of the rest of fandom) how to do it! First step, ignore the races, creeds, religions, genders and treat these characters in the Mighty Marvel Manner (ie, as people). And that has been the key to this brief but very impressive addition to the Avengers franchise. The Mighty Avengers are people, individuals working as a team.

We have two bases of operations in Mighty Avengers #9:

A: On the island of Dr. Positron (in reality the son of Blue Marvel), we have a great history of this wonderful character who has finally found a writer to do something with him. Added to that is narration from Adam that is so heart-rending it has to be read to be felt.

B: At the safe house of Ronin, he adds fuel to the long-standing plot thread of the Deadwalkers in very mysterious, mystical form. I appreciate how this plot has been on front and back burners and is developing like Stan and Roy used to do it in the Silver Age. And Ewing’s use of continuity continues to impress, as we mention yet another plot device from before most readers (not me, but most) were born. Rama Tut, cool!

Welcome back to the book, artist Greg Land! Your vivid action scenes, facial expressions and panel arrangements bring Al’s script to life and you certainly help in establishing these characters as individuals. What Land’s art helps Ewing’s script do to the She-Hulk this issue …! I just hope this does not creep back to hurt Jen. With Ewing, you never know.

All in all, this is the one Avengers book I am most satisfied with and support fully. A permanent place on my pull list has just recently been awarded. Fun!