The GeeksverseAvengers #7

Avengers #7
Published on Thursday, December 30, 2010 by

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciled by: John Romita Jr.
Inked by: Klaus Janson
Colored by: Dean White w/ Paul Mounts
Lettered by: VC’s Cory Petit
Associate Editor Lauren Sankovitch
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Cover: Romita Jr. w/ Janson

The return of the Illuminati, the Marvel Univers version at least, the group of characters that would meet in secret and try to guide the Marvel Universe. We find out that they had the Infinity Gems and were hiding them. Except this isn’t the same group. They don’t seem to have the same mystique as they did when first introduced. Cyclops has “usurped” Professor X and Namor. Cyclops is now the leader of the mutants, not Xavier. Namor is still the King of Atlantis, but he “serves” under Cyclops in the X-Men. Black Bolt is dead and Medusa doesn’t know whats going on. Doctor Strange is no long sorceror supreme and Iron Man is no longer the top man in charge.

Bendis script is decent, not up to his normal standards. There’s some decent banter between members of the illuminati but most of this issue is taken up by a wordless fight between the Red Hulk (who really needs a new name) and The Hood, who has 2 of the Infinity Gems. The story lags in a couple of spots.

We find out the first gem found was Black Bolts and the King of the Inhumans left it behind when they launched Attilan into space.

Really? That doesn’t sound like something Black Bolt would do. Sure the gem might be endangered in space, but then it would be away from the rest of the gems. Instead he lives it unguarded on Earth.

And Iron Man saying that he has to check his files when he leaves Avengers Tower to gather the Illuminati?

Honestly? That was sad. Very sad. It just didn’t read well at all.

This issue doesn’t do anything except get the Illuminati together again and have them discover two gems are missing. That’s it. Besides the big fight nothing else happens. Next issue promises to be more of the same with Rogers discovering the existence of the Illuminati.

Romita’s Art has been okay to bad in this series. This issue it’s actually decent. The best he’s done on this book.

His Lockjaw is really good.

The fight scene is well done and looks good. He’s still not who I would want on this title on a regular basis, but it’s better then it’s been so far.

Avengers #7 receives
3.5 out of 5

Not bad. Decent but nothing special. The Illuminati should have stayed buried.

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