The GeeksverseAvengers #27

Avengers #27
Published on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 by

Finally Noh Varr, The Protector, gets some face time in the Avengers. But is it too late?

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciled by: Walter Simonson
Inked by: Scott Hanna
Colored by: Jason Keith
Lettered by: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover by: Simonson w/ Hanna & Keith
Assistant Editor: John Denning
Associate Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
Editor: Tom Brevoort

Noh Varr, originally Marvel Boy from the Grant Morrison/J.G. Jones mini-series, started out as part of the Dark Avengers but once he realized they were uhm.. dark, he left and Bendis spent some time (an annual) setting Noh Varr up as the Kree’s protector of Earth and he took the name The Protector and joined the Avengers when Steve Rogers asked.

That was back at the start of this run of Avengers. Since then he’s been basically in the background. He hasn’t had many major roles, aside from some comments here and there about technology with Tony Stark. He’s been underused. What was the point of having him on the team?

Now comes Avengers vs X-Men and he’s part of the team that goes into space. What starts off in Secret Avengers gets finished in Avengers. For some reason, that gets completely ignored in the AvX event book, the Phoenix goes to Hala the homeworld of the Kree and this causes Noh Varr to betray the Avengers at the order of the Supreme Intelligence. And yet again, it looks like Noh Varr followed the wrong leader (first Osborn and now the Intelligence). This time it cost him the Avengers and Earth and his girlfriend.

That’s fine, and it could have made a good story if Noh Varr was a character that we were invested in. But Bendis spent so little time on him in the prior 25 issues that he was nothing more then background, the supporting character that was only there to sprout off some one-liners and move on.

His time on the Avengers was wasted.

So I have to ask why he was there?

I’m not sure what the point of the Kree aspects of AvX are either. It feels like just an excuse to get Noh Varr off Earth and out of the Avengers before Bendis leaves the book. Honestly, I would have liked to have seen what the incoming writer could have done with The Protector. If it is Jonathan Hickman, as I’m hoping, he would have been able to do great things with the character.

I’m counting down the months until Bendis is off this book.

I’ve always liked Simonson’s art. It’s unique, stands out and has it’s own charm. That being said, I don’t think Hanna is the right inker for him.

Avengers #27 receives
2.5 out of 5

5 Responses
    • One of the problems with team books is trying to give each team member his own face time. Given that Bendis didn’t create the Protector perhaps he didn’t really know what to do with him. Was Bendis working on the book when Steve Rogers asked Protector to be a part of the team? 

      • Yeah.  Bendis was the one that brought him on board, named him the Protector and brought him out of the corners of the MU in the pages of Dark Avengers.  Bendis definately wanted to do something with him.

    • If he has had very little page time why is he getting a minimate?
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