The GeeksverseAvengers Academy #23

Avengers Academy #23
Published on Thursday, December 15, 2011 by

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Christos Gage
Penciled by: Tom Raney
Inked by: Scott Hanna
Colored by: Chris Sotomayor
Lettered by: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Art: Rodin Esquejo
Assistant Editor: Jake Thomas
Editor: Bill Rosemann

There’s alot that goes on in this issue: X-23 joining the team, Striker’s coming out to Lightspeed, future Reptil causing trouble. And a pretty interesting scene from the future. Gage does a good job managing all of it. Each gets it’s moment.

Future Reptil narrates the story. Which on one hand is interesting because he drops hints about what’s coming and why he has to let it happen, which the last pages help show. But on the other hand it’s kind of annoying because we know some of what is coming. When have a development like Strikers and X-23 joining the team, it would have been nice to not have any foreshadowing about what the events mean. I could have done without knowing that X-23 being on the team would have disastrous results. I would have wanted to go awhile thinking that this could end up being good for her.

I like that the Academy is getting more students, since the beginning I’ve felt that this group is too isolated. Seeing them in the future doesn’t help any. They’re still isolated. There are tight knit groups, but this feels like a forced togetherness. It’s too early too tell, but I hope that Lightspeed, White Tiger and X-23 help change that dynamic.

The biggest event of this issue is Striker’s coming out. And I know in an interview that Gage said he had laid the groundwork for this previously, but it doesn’t feel that way. It still feels out of left field. I still can’t help but wonder if this is a reaction to DC’s new Teen Titan, Bunker?

Gage cites the time when Veil showed up at his door ready to go and Striker just talked with her as the example of showing that he was always meant to be gay. Looking back you can interpret that scene that way, but at the time (and I still think this) it came across more as Striker decided to be a nice guy. For him it was about the conquest, getting the woman to come to him on his terms. When Veil showed up it was obviously because she was hurting. Striker was a dog, a pig, not a complete ass.

His coming out just feels out of character, out of left field. It’s like when Northstar first came out, there had never been any evidence of it prior and it felt forced.

The rest of the issue works though. Gage has a good handle on X-23 and I hope she gets used and becomes a main cast member. Lightspeed and White Tiger don’t feel like part of the cast, they feel added on. Hopefully that will change.

I’m a Tom Raney fan and this was not his best work. It felt rushed. The lack of backgrounds was noticable. Looked obviously missing. And what was up with Finesse’s domino mask?

Avengers Academy #23 receives
3.5 out of 5

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