After a few disappointing issues of ‘Avengers’, Brian Michael Bendis and Walter Simonson have delivered a very impressive display of the comic book medium with issue #28. I’ve never seen a book laid out like this ever! I enjoyed the unorthodox style that gave us a glimpse into the mind of General Thunderbolt Ross AKA The Red Hulk.
As far as the story goes, I never thought I’d be into a Red Hulk story. I’ve never been much of a fan of Thunderbolt Ross because of his history with Bruce Banner, but this story put him in sort of Punisher-esque light where he was trying to do what needed to be done. Rather than waiting around, Rulk took the initiative and broke away from Captain America to try to make some big moves, and regardless of how successful he was, it was an interesting ride to go on with him. Bendis returned to form here and engaged me from page one.
However, the story doesn’t get all of the spotlight. The fabulous artwork needs some recognition. Because of the unique layout of the panels, Simonson was given the opportunity to play and show off. I especially enjoyed the panel where Ross hulked out against Emma Frost.
Business is picking up in ‘Avengers’. Hopefully it keeps on rolling in the issues to come.
THE AVENGERS #28
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art by WALTER SIMONSON, SCOTT HANNA, & JASON KEITH