Thursday, 16 January 2014

Avengers World #1 Review

Writers: Jonathan Hickman and Nick Spencer
Artist: Stefano Caselli

Will Avengers World be a worthy addition or does it just prove that there’s too many Avengers titles out the now? Read on to find out.

The official description from Marvel:

Earth's Mightiest Heroes have returned from the stars-- but on the world they left behind, new threats have emerged, and The Avengers will be tested like never before. In one cataclysmic day, the face of the Marvel Universe will change forever-- and the fight for Earth's future will begin. A globe-spanning epic of empires and armies, and the brave few who stand between them and us.

The big question that I keep asking is: do we really need more Avengers series’? The answer is no, but like most Avengers fans it’s hard not to get as many as you can, especially when they’re written by the likes of Jonathan Hickman and Nick Spencer. In saying that it is still not necessary to have three main Avengers series’, with over five other Avengers related series and the quality of this opening issue further proved that.

Hickman and Spencer did a great job of introducing us to the new series, which has a very interesting concept behind it. I did however feel that they tried to do a little too much too soon in this issue, as despite the argument that it’s necessary, the amount of different side plots could have been diluted down a bit. Or started over two issues instead of one. Hickman and Spencer did however give us a lot of suspense in this issue, with the mysterious nature behind the threat being extremely intriguing. I do however kind of wish that they’d use a different roster than the one from the main Avengers series though.

Stefano Caselli did a phenomenal job of the art in this issue, much like he did in his short stint on the main Avengers series. The detail in Caselli’s art never fails to impress, with every page and every panel being simply beautiful. The layout of Caselli’s art also helps with the story’s flow, as well as giving a lot of tone and atmosphere, with some sequences looking simply awesome. There is also a lot of tension and emotion shown throughout the characters facial expressions, and despite them feeling ever so slightly stiff and awkward at times, this gave a lot of realism as well as a serious tone to the story.

Avengers Word may take a few issues to get off the ground, but this is a decent start. It does however feel a little unnecessary so far as they could have easily saved this story for the main Avengers series. I do however still recommend giving this a try, and especially if you’re a fan of the main series.

Rating: 7/10