AvengersNow that Thanos’ mission has been revealed, The Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers are after the Mad Titan, his army of Badoon soldiers, and the government-created Cosmic Cube in this new issue of ‘Avengers Assemble’.

I’m glad that they finally addressed the other Avengers in this book. I understand that they wanted to use the team from the movie, but since this series takes place in the mainstream comic book universe, it’s unrealistic to mention the hundreds of other Avengers who would most likely be involved if this were any other Avengers title.

One of my favorite parts about this book is that the heroes are fallible. For example, the Guardians just rush into battle and end up stepping on Iron Man’s toes while he’s trying to execute a plan. Later, there’s a moment where Hawkeye makes a pretty big miscalculation. For the most part, we don’t get to see these heroes fail, but Bendis makes it clear in this issue that his heroes are human too (even though some of them are aliens). That’s one reason why I dislike characters like Superman or John Cena because they’re designed not to fail. When our heroes are vulnerable, we root for them more, so kudos to Bendis for doing that here.

Overall, this was a great issue. I’ve really been enjoying the series as a whole. I’m sure that this is already in the works with the movie in development, but this story arc seems to be a great opportunity for the Guardians to spinoff into their own title again. When that happens, I’ll definitely be picking that up.

 

Verdict: Buy

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #5

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art by MARK BAGLEY, DANNY MIKI, and PAUL MOUNTS