Artist: Jerome Opena
This series started off very good, with a brilliant first issue, but unfortunately this issue isn't has good as the first. Jonathan Hickman has however done a decent job of introducing his sci-fi style to this series, and I expect that this slower issue will have a purpose later in the series.
This issue sees most of the Avengers trapped on Mars at the mercy of Ex Nihilo. The issue also shows how Captain America and Iron Man discuss expanding the Avengers, and that other superheroes, and past Avengers including Hyperion, Captain Universe, Smasher, Cannonball, and others should be considered for the team in case anything happens to the bigger members.
This was a decent issue, but after what happened in the previous issue I expected more answers than showing how the Avengers were expanded. Don't get me wrong I like the idea of expanding the Avengers, but it could have been done in the first issue, although I'll talk more about that later. Hickman did however do a decent job on this issue, and although it was nowhere near as good as the previous issue I am still very interested in what's about to happen, which is a good thing. I'm still not entirely sure if Hickman's style will suit the Avengers, but I hope it does, and with him also writing New Avengers, which is out this week it will be interesting to see if they are similar, and if they'll ever interlink. I do however hope that the next issue drives the story further on, and that it doesn't continue to drag, like this issue did.
The art is phenomenal, and Jerome Opena continues to amaze me. I've always liked Opena's art, and mainly since Uncanny X-Force. There aren't many artist's the now that put as much detail in their artwork as Opena does, and no matter what he's drawing, he always makes it look amazing, beautiful, and realistic. The only thing artistic wise I'm not to sure if I like in this series is the title page at the front, as it reminds me too much of Hickman's FF series, and although it's a good idea to make the connection, I personally think it would have been better to make the series look more unique. This however is a very small detail, and doesn't take anything away from my overall opinion of the art in this series, so far. He also get's the emotions spot on, and it's easy to tell whether a character is curious, smug, shocked, happy, or infatuated.
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A decent issue, but not as good as the previous. I would still recommend this issue, but mainly to Avengers or Hickman fans. Otherwise I would recommend waiting to see reviews for the remainder of the story before buying, and either getting back copies, or the collected trade paperback, if you think it's for you.