Avengers #5

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Avengers5Sticking to its reasonably straightforward revelation as to “the startling secret of the Progenitor”, Jason Aaron’s script for Issue Five of “Avengers” must have provided many within its 55,850 strong audience with a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience, which not only parades the increasingly irritating Loki trussed up like a chicken inside the trunk of Ghost Rider’s modified 1969 Dodge Charger. But also staunchly shows an entrapped Captain America bravely blindsiding the God of Mischief with an eye-watering head-butt and boot to the jaw despite being held captive some leagues beneath the icy waters of the North Pole; “You really love to hear yourself talk, don’t you? But who’ll be around to listen once we’ve all been fed to space bugs?”

Delightfully, it isn’t just the star-spangled World War Two veteran who provides “The Secret Origin Of The Marvel Universe” with plenty of punch either, as the Alabama-born author pens plenty of entertaining moments for Flag-head’s team-mates too, most notably Roberto Reyes, whose ability to resurrect a fallen celestial as a giant-sized fiery “All-New, All-Different” incarnation of Eli Morrow’s spirit really helps bring this publication to a jaw-droppingly good cliff-hanger. Indeed, the Inkpot Award-winner manages to imbue his narrative with several such stand-out scenes, like She-Hulk amusingly admitting that Thor and her were busy “smashing and kissing”, Ghost Rider’s human alter-ego having doubts as to whether he’s “more than a car”, Doctor Strange confronting Loki as “the [true] Sorcerer Supreme”, and Tony Stark demonstrating his vast wealth by summoning “the Godkiller Mark II” from where he keeps it “parked on Mars for eventualities such as this.”

Of course, none of these scenes would be anywhere near as fun or impactive if it wasn’t for the vibrantly dynamic artwork of Paco Medina and Ed McGuinness, whose intermingled storyboards are all superbly brought together into a beautifully blended feast for the eyes by David Curiel’s colours. Certainly, it’s hard to imagine a more moving death scene than that of “the first Celestial to ever set foot on the Earth” as the “omnipotent space god”, overcome by a “nasty infection”, pitifully sinks to its knees in its death throes and spews out a disgusting, oil-slick like substance from its maw, only to then have its submerged, partially decayed corpse be revisited four billion years later by Steve Rogers…

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For the past forty or so years I have been collecting American comics… To begin with they were predominantly black and white British reprints of “Marvel Comics Group” titles such as “Spider-Man Comics Weekly”, “The Mighty World of Marvel” and “Star Wars Weekly”; all six to ten pence editions I could store away under my bed in a large cardboard box. As a result though I was introduced to the teenage angst of Peter Parker, the discovery of a frozen Captain America by Earth's Mightiest Heroes, witnessed the dreadful rage of Doctor Bruce Banner, and even travelled to a galaxy far far away... Later I would be able to afford actual America colour comic books and supplemented my collection of “Marvel” titles such as “Conan the Barbarian”, “Howard the Duck” and “Captain America” with some “DC Comics” issues of “Batman”, “Green Lantern” and “Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew”. There would even be time for Independent publications such as “Wildcats”, “Spawn” and “The Authority”. These days however I must admit to yearning back to the simpler times of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, back to when both artwork and storylines were straightforward, easy to follow and super-heroes were just starting out on their adventures. A time when no-one had yet to be resurrected from the dead for the fourth time. I've written over seven hundred comic book reviews on my blog over the past few years, with them usually following my latest purchases, all wrapped up in a large brown paper bag, as well as occasional ‘flashbacks’ to some of the classic "Golden Age" issues I already own…

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