Monday 30 September 2013

Avengers #20 Review

Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Leinil Francis Yu

Infinity has amazes me on so many levels so far, as although it's not the best event that I've ever read, it is the best in recent years, and has the potential to even become one of the best of all time. The Avengers and New Avengers tie-ins have also been amazing, and sometimes better with the series flowing through all three series perfectly.


Having currently won a battle against the Builders the Avengers head to rescue their captured members and plan their next move.


This was a brilliant issue, and yet another solid issue in this fabulous event. Jonathan Hickman has done a fantastic job of continuing from the Avengers victory in Infinity #3 as although this wasn't as exciting as that issue, it was still very dramatic setting up the next part brilliantly. The issue also had plenty of other development points throughout, as although there were some parts that I was slightly disappointed about it was still overall a very enjoyable read, and I am glad that the event has managed to keep up this consistent level of quality. I also loved how Hickman handled the dialogue in this issue as it managed to keep the story interesting, adding little bits of excitement here and there.

I was actually slightly disappointed with the artwork in this issue, as although it was overall brilliant it wan't as good as Leinil Francis Yu usually produces. Overall however Yu did do a great job, and continues to bring the perfect style for this story. The only problem that I had with his artwork was that there were quite a few imperfections in his artwork, with not quite as much detail as he usually gives. He did however once again produce some amazing layouts, that were very dramatic, adding a lot of depth to the issue. Yu also once again did a great job of adding excitement, as although once again there wasn't much action, there were still some sequences that were quite intense, having plenty of emotion to them.

The last issue of Infinity would see the Avengers get a victory over the Builders. Due to this they are able to go and free the captured Avengers in this issue. I personally felt that this sequence was very exciting and interesting, as although it wasn't what I quite how I expected the captured Avengers to be free, it was still very interesting, being a very explosive sequence. I also loved the interaction between characters throughout the sequence, and especially the interaction between the captured Avengers just prior to being rescued, as it added a bit of humour to the issue.

The other development for the Avengers in this issue would see them plan their next move against the Builders. Now I won't go into any details as to avoid spoilers, but this was yet another interesting sequence, and unlike the previous planning sequences this one was also slightly exciting, having a lot of tension between the characters involved. I also really enjoyed how emotional this sequence was, as you could see the passion in some of the characters, which was brilliant, and along with the amazing dialogue that made this sequence a little more impressive.

They wouldn't be the only developments in this issue, as with the issue being full of developments we would also see some from the Builders, as well as the Ex Nihili's. Now again I won't go into any details over the plot in this but the sequence that featured the Ex Nihili's was very interesting, as although nothing too exciting happened in this issue, it would cause a very interesting development that I look forward to seeing expanded on.

Final Verdict

This was a fantastic issue, and although the Avengers series is still not standing out as much as the other two series, it is still very consistent, not being that far behind the other two. The issue itself also had plenty of developments, making me extremely interested in what happens next. Due to all this I would highly recommend this issue, as well as the rest of the Avengers tie-ins, the New Avengers tie-ins, and of course Infinity itself.

Rating: 8/10

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