Review: ‘Avengers #39’ Chatty But Worth the Read

There are a number of good things that Jonathan Hickman accomplishes with this last “Avengers” book, but the Reed Richards version of the “Art of War” strategies as he transcribes them to Valeria is among the best portrayals of the character that Hickman has done. It’s an innovative way of doing the typical comic book voice-over, but giving it more purpose than an internal dialogue. It’s interesting to see the different ways that Reed and Victor Von Doom interpret Valeria’s message and so far I’m a fan of Reed’s version of “not losing.”

This book also does a great job of incorporating so many characters and motivations into it without feeling too busy. Steve’s frustration and resentment of the Illuminati is still tangible. We see for the first time how the War Machine Drone program works, basically with Rhodes stretching himself to unhealthy levels. The battle scenes are done extremely well too, having Captain Britain, T’Challa and The Hulk dismantling the drones at a break-neck pace.

Mike Deodato comes in for this book and the art is so on point. His action scenes really shine, especially the characterizations and the individual fight scenes, especially between Captain Marvel and The Hulk. He does a really great job with scale and action set pieces.

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