The GeeksverseAvengers Academy #7

Avengers Academy #7
Published on Thursday, December 16, 2010 by

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Christos Gage
Penciled by: Tom Raney
Inked by: Dave Meikis & Scott Hanna
Colored by: Jeromy Cox & Andrew Crossley
Lettered by: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Asst. Editors: Rachel Pinnelas & John Denning
Editor: Bill Rosemann
Covers: A- Mike McKone; B- Ed McGuinness w/ Dexter Vines & Morry Hollowell; C- Brandon Peterson (Tron variant)

Couple things right off the bat…

When did Tigra have her kid? When was she even shown as pregnant? The timing makes sense. It’s been awhile since she got pregnant by the Skrull-Pym back in Avengers: Initiative. But it just seems weird as we never saw her really pregnant in any issues of Avengers Academy and it was only mentioned once or twice. Odd.

This is a look at Pym. How he sees himself as a hero, confronting the reasons why he chose the various identities he’s had through the years, including the wasp one. Its introspection through action. Confronting the Absorbing Man makes Pym confront himself, making him realize which identity he was always the most comfortable in. All others were him trying to please someone else or prove something to someone else.

The last page took me awhile to understand the significance of Veil’s actions. But the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. Pym is holding the Wasp together in another dimension, and for Veil this represents possible salvation.

The issue, for all the good with Pym’s introspection, seemed off for the rest of it. Tigra’s reactions were weird. From one extreme to the other. Not wanting Pym to help her raise the child, even though genetically it is Pyms, but wanting him to raise the kid if something happens to her. That didn’t make much sense.

I love me some Tom Raney art. I’ve been a huge fan of his ever since his Stormwatch days. Prior to that he was a decent fill-in artist but on Stormwatch he stepped up and his work has been stellar since. It was nice to see him do this issue. He draws a great Tigra. His style is similar to McKones so it wasn’t a jarring difference in style, but different enough so you knew it wasn’t McKone.

Avengers Academy #7 receives
4 out of 5

A good issue but the appearance of Tigra’s kid is pretty jarring.

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