The Mighty Avengers has been better since Slott took over the scripting reins. The downside is that some of his stories have not been his best work. This issue begins a crossover with the Fantastic Four.
Writer: Dan Slott
Pencils: Stephen Segovia
Inks: Noah Salonga
Art Rating: 5 Night Girls out of 10
Story Rating: 6 Night Girls out of 10
Overall Rating: 5.5 Night Girls out of 10
Synopsis: At the end of last issue, the Mighty Avengers were trapped in Hank’s lab (the Pym Pocket) and were drifting away from their home world.
This month, we find Hank contacting Reed Richards for help. The doorways that the Avengers use to travel back to the 616 Earth are breaking down.
Reed has a device that Hank needs to fix their problem. The device is capable of travelling through time and dimensions. The device was built by Bill Foster using Hank’s Pym Particles.
Because it is Hank, Reed does not want to give Hank the device. Reed is afraid that Hank will go insane again and use the device as a weapon. Hank looses his temper and decides to take out the Fantastic Four and take the device.
Hank is able to send some of the Avengers to China to meet up with their contact from the Global Reaction Agency. The Agency believes that the Inhumans are forging an alliance with China. They want Quicksilver to help them.
The Good: I like that Slott has the Agency wanting Quicksilver to help them with the Inhumans. Based on Quicksilver’s past association with the Inhumans, this does make sense and should provide for some quality drama.
I liked how Slott has Quicksilver pretending to like the other Avengers. Quicksilver is obsessed with finding his sister and is merely putting up a front that he enjoys his Avengers teammates and that he likes being a part of the team. I am curious what will happen when Quicksilver finds out that the Scarlet Witch is really Loki.
The exchange of ideas between Bill Foster and Hank Pym was well written. Their collaboration is a natural connection. A lot of the super scientists in the 616 universe should have working relations with others in their respective fields. Unfortunately, Bill is no longer alive. (At least for now, this is a comic book and resurrections are a dime a dozen).
Hank’s idea of using the image inducers in battle was a neat idea. This could be a big advantage over an opponent. How many times does a character loose a fight because their opponent finds a weak spot? The image inducers would make this a lot harder.
The Bad: I was not thrilled with the art. I thought I was looking at an old Image comic. The drawing style and cheese cake poses ruined it for me.
Rokk: I had to chime in here with Jim. I love “good girl” artwork and have no problem with sexy looking characters. And there are times when I like my cheesecake.
But, sexy art has to work within the context of the story and never pull the reader out of the story. And that is where the art failed in this issue. The women stand around with their butts awkwardly shoved out like they are going to break into a booty dance. And this one girl’s super powers evidently include her boobs being able to defy the laws of gravity.
If Hank is able to send people to China and the Baxter Building, why couldn’t he transport the lab to another location? Hank seemed more obsessed with a grudge match against Reed than with saving the lab.
Would Reed Richards refuse to help Hank because he was not sure about Hank’s mental stability? What about the rest of the people trapped with Hank? Even if Reed did not want to help, I can not believe that Sue would stand for this.
Overall: Mighty Avengers #25 was a disappointing issue. I expect better out of Dan Slott. This was a poor excuse for a Fantastic Four/Avengers fight.