I had written a review a while back on The Mighty Avengers, a comic that caused a lot of uproar by a ton of liberal race-baiters who were claiming that it’s poor pre-sales were because comic shop owners were all a bunch of racists. I actually liked it but it never really sold that well and it relaunched after issue #14 as Captain America & the Mighty Avengers.
Has it changed? Let’s find out as I review the first arc of this new version.
Following the end of Red Skull’s World War Hate, the Mighty Avengers are reformed under the command of the new Captain America. However, all is not well with the Mighty Avengers, some of them have changed and not in a good way. Luke Cage, Iron Man, Medusa, Wasp, Thor and Cap have been altered to be inverted versions of themselves, dark and almost evil. Meanwhile, working behind the scenes is Jason Quantrell, CEO of Cortex, who is trying to gain control of the Mighty Avengers and with Luke Cage not quite in his right mind, he just might get it.
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t all that impressed at the beginning, Captain America was a complete dick and Luke Cage was right behind him. Yes, I know that following the end of Axis, which I didn’t care for, things changed and not really for the better. Still, these were not characters I wanted to read about, even if I knew that sooner or later they’d get back to normal. It took two Avengers teams squaring off against each other to snap Cap and Cage out of their inversity (inverseness?) and by that time, Cage had already agreed to sell the rights to Heroes for Hire and the Mighty Avengers to Quantrell. Of course, She-Hulk, who wrote up the legal contracts, had made sure nobody could do that and this disappointed Quantrell, but Luke continued to pretend so that he could find out what Cortex really wanted with a super-team.
Unlike my original impression though, this wasn’t really a dark book, the heroes were quipping and having a good time, although I think there’s a really painful scene with Spider-Man where he’s just acting like an idiot with verbal diarrhea. This series has a lot of potential, especially if they can get away from that awful Axis crap.
One thing I will say is that I don’t see Captain America adding anything to the team. I’d argue that they should go back to just being Mighty Avengers except a) it didn’t sell well, sales for the first issue were barely over 60k and by issue #4, it had fallen from #17 to #83 with just over 25k issues and b) everything is ending in May with Secret Wars anyhow. That being the case, I have no clue why they bothered rebooting a book in November that will almost certainly end six months later. Marvel books are becoming mini-series, rebooting every 15 or 20 issues and frankly, I don’t like it. They started renumbering Fantastic Four recently, going back to their old numbering with 642 for some reason, probably because it feels like they’re going to get rid of the Fantastic Four altogether to punish Fox for keeping the movie license. I like comics that have high numbers, it gives them a feeling of continuity. Having a new #1 every couple of months feels cheesy the way Marvel is doing it.
It started out a little rough, it has the potential to get better but it has very little time to actually accomplish this goal. If you’re interested, this might want to wait for the trades, it’s kind of depressing to read a book that’s almost beyond it’s expiration date.