Brian Michael Bendis’ final Avengers storyline ‘End Times’ continues in this issue of ‘Avengers’. With Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, and Giant Man reunited with the Wasp, who was thought to be dead after the events of ‘Secret Invasion’. The team must now find a way to escape the Microverse and the clutches of Lord Gouzar, an unruly inhabitant of this tiny world within our own that sees the Avengers as trespassers in his land.
There was a great amount of action in this book, but what made it all the more interesting was the rules of the Microverse. Not like the ones that governed the inhabitants, but like the physics of the world that didn’t allow Janet, Tony or Hank’s powers to work properly. In any other situation, this team could’ve been in and out really quickly, but Bendis managed to find something that would cripple the team.
However, I’m having a bit of trouble finding Lord Gouzar intimidating. Other than being an armored centaur who commands a large army and is carrying a big gun, there’s not much to his bad guy shtick. Hopefully he’s not the only threat to the Avengers in this arc because if it was just him and the only thing to come out of this final story is the return of Janet Van Dyne, I think I’d be pretty disappointed. Not that I’m not stoked to have her back, but it would just be a little disappointing if that’s all BMS accomplishes with this farewell story.
That being said, I am interested in how this story is unfolding. This particular issue is just a bit weaker than the other two in the story because there wasn’t much plot progression. Hopefully things start to pick up in the next issue.
THE AVENGERS #33
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art by TERRY DODSON, RACHEL DODSON, and JASON KEITH
Cover by BRANDON PETERSON