The Mighty Avengers #14

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The Good:

We dive further into the Secret Invasion by exploring more in depth a scene that had occurred in a previous comic involving The Sentry. When the Skrull spacecraft landed in the Waste Lands and the Skrull impostors came out of the ship, one of the impostors appeared to look like The Vision. During an interaction while fighting with The Sentry, he told The Sentry that what was happening was his fault causing The Sentry to leave.

It’s been established by this point that The Sentry is not the most stable hero in the Marvel Universe. He’s schizophrenic and agoraphobic. While he comes across as a guy wanting to do the right thing, the fact that he has the power of multiple suns mixed with his mental issues keeps him one breakdown away from being a danger to everyone.

I liked how they established that The Sentry had a doppelganger that was his exact opposite called The Void. The Void IS The Sentry yet they manifest themselves as two separate beings. When a person has tremendous power what type of strain to their psyche do they go through in terms of deciding when to use that power or when not to? It is interesting to think about and for the most part a nice little tease for the character. I don’t really know much about The Sentry and the comic did a good job of piquing my interest.

I also dug how they established that the Skrull invasion had been going on for a while. The scenes showing Jarvis talking with Tony Stark about the recent breakdown of The Scarlet Witch and how, being that he saw he more than anyone and should have seen the signs of her mental breakdown, were well played especially with the reveal that Jarvis was in fact a Skrull invader. With Jarvis having the access to the personnel files of The Avengers, it would make sense for the invasion to occur as it has without anyone noticing. Jarvis can send the appropriate files to his Skrull masters in order to get his fellow invaders to act just like the people they are being sent to impersonate.

The art work was pretty solid. Drawn in the classic comic style, the characters were emotive. Their reactions based on the what was happening with them appeared real and made you care more for them. The locations had depth too which I liked. They felt like the action was taking place outside in a real location and not some small sound stage.

The Bad:

They skimmed over years of story to meet the 22 page goal here which was distracting. The core of the story is pretty interesting and something that could have been explored with a little more in depth storytelling but they chose to skim over a lot. It would have been great to explore a little more how the Skrull’s slowly invaded the planet, taking over the identity of Earth’s heroes as well as the blatant question that has not been asked yet. Where the hell are the actual heroes who’s identity has been stolen by the Skrulls? We’re going to get to that point I’m sure but a little heads up by now would have been nice. For all we know they’re dead. Being a comic that is not going to be the case because good will prevail over evil in the end but now we’re close to two hundred pages of story with no clue as to the whereabouts of the heroes of the story that have been kidnapped. It would be nice to know where they are.

The only real complaint I would have with the art is in regards to the fonts. Maybe it’s because I have a headache now but the overuse of large fonts to describe explosions or people yelling was just excessive and unneeded. It’s like when someone adds a ton of exclamation points in a text message to imply how serious what they are writing is. We get it. You want me to pick up milk from the grocery store. You don’t have to write the message like you’re telling me the President has been shot.

Bottom Line:

This was not a bad issue. I think Brian Bendis did a great job of making you interested in The Sentry. I certainly want to find out more about him after this issue. But I find myself disappointed that a story that could have been explored with a lot more detail was sped through like a kid in the 80’s speeding to his favorite scene on a VHS tape. The speed at which they flew through this story really killed my interest near the end and made my enjoyment suffer. For that, I have to give the story a 4.

The art work was pretty consistent. I don’t ask too much from my art in a comic book apart from the fact that the art should not distract me from the story. The artwork in a story should compliment the words. You could have the greatest artwork but if the story doesn’t rise to the level of the art, the entire piece suffers and vice versa. While not everything has to look like it’s ripped off from the pages of the golden age of comics, I do think that should be the default stance an artist should take unless they have the talent to do something else with that work. I think of the new Ms. Marvel comics with Kamala Khan. While that art is a bit sloppy it actually leads to what makes that comic great. You get the real sense that the comics are being drawn by the young lady the story is about. While this comic didn’t commit any real sins apart from too many large fonts in regards to the art, it also wasn’t memorable. That’s not a bad thing at all because not every comic can go down as the greatest ever. Some comics need to be the next step in the road to get you to the main focus of the story. This happens to be one of those issues. I give the art a 7.

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