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Spinning directly out of Avengers & X-Men: AXIS! Sam Wilson is Captain America, and when he assembles the Mighty Avengers, he has a whole new mission in mind for Earth's Mightiest Heroes. But the events of AXIS already spell doom for the team's new direction! Why is Luke Cage meeting with the head of the notorious Cortex corporation? Once, Luke was a hero for anyone who nee Spinning directly out of Avengers & X-Men: AXIS! Sam Wilson is Captain America, and when he assembles the Mighty Avengers, he has a whole new mission in mind for Earth's Mightiest Heroes. But the events of AXIS already spell doom for the team's new direction! Why is Luke Cage meeting with the head of the notorious Cortex corporation? Once, Luke was a hero for anyone who needed help -but now, the only one Luke' helping is himself! Will Luke' marriage survive his inversion? As Spider-Man tries to rejoin the group, Captain America gets fed up with the team he re-formed -and alongside Iron Man, declares war on the Mighty Avengers! Meanwhile, as AXIS tears the team apart, Power Man and White Tiger investigate the brutal murder of Gideon Mace! Collecting: Captain America & The Mighty Avengers 1-7


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Spinning directly out of Avengers & X-Men: AXIS! Sam Wilson is Captain America, and when he assembles the Mighty Avengers, he has a whole new mission in mind for Earth's Mightiest Heroes. But the events of AXIS already spell doom for the team's new direction! Why is Luke Cage meeting with the head of the notorious Cortex corporation? Once, Luke was a hero for anyone who nee Spinning directly out of Avengers & X-Men: AXIS! Sam Wilson is Captain America, and when he assembles the Mighty Avengers, he has a whole new mission in mind for Earth's Mightiest Heroes. But the events of AXIS already spell doom for the team's new direction! Why is Luke Cage meeting with the head of the notorious Cortex corporation? Once, Luke was a hero for anyone who needed help -but now, the only one Luke' helping is himself! Will Luke' marriage survive his inversion? As Spider-Man tries to rejoin the group, Captain America gets fed up with the team he re-formed -and alongside Iron Man, declares war on the Mighty Avengers! Meanwhile, as AXIS tears the team apart, Power Man and White Tiger investigate the brutal murder of Gideon Mace! Collecting: Captain America & The Mighty Avengers 1-7

30 review for Captain America and the Mighty Avengers, Volume 1: Open for Business

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    The original concept behind the Mighty Avengers was to have a grass roots super hero group that could meet the needs of the common Joe - the Storefront Avengers. - Whiny, mewling cat’s up a tree? We can handle it, She-Hulk will grab the cat and toss it half way across the state. - Ex-boyfriend’s a creeper? Power Man’ll break a limb (or two). - Latte doesn’t taste right? White Tiger will gut the barista. Okay, if I was calling the shots, then yes, this would be ideal, but Luke Cage wanted the Ave The original concept behind the Mighty Avengers was to have a grass roots super hero group that could meet the needs of the common Joe - the Storefront Avengers. - Whiny, mewling cat’s up a tree? We can handle it, She-Hulk will grab the cat and toss it half way across the state. - Ex-boyfriend’s a creeper? Power Man’ll break a limb (or two). - Latte doesn’t taste right? White Tiger will gut the barista. Okay, if I was calling the shots, then yes, this would be ideal, but Luke Cage wanted the Avengers to be available to the people…that is until he ran into the buzz saw that was the Axis storyline. To summarize Axis: Heroes go up against a super-powered Red Skull and have a tough go of it. Enter a collection of villains to “help”. Some weird “reversal” hoo-doo goes down and now the villains are doing good works and the heroes aren’t exactly evil, but their outlook on life is a little skewed: Yikes and this isn't a Punisher book. Not all the heroes transformed, but those that did include Captain America and Luke Cage and both want to re-write the Mighty Avengers mission statement to read: Screw you, New York! We’re cashing in! The Avengers name is worth some big bucks and Tony Stark (the Superior Iron Man), doesn’t want to share the name with the Mighty Avengers. So the Douchebag Avengers, led by Tony Stark pay a visit to our heroes to talk (read: kick the crap out of them). Let the chatting commence: The other story contained in this volume is generic, except for some fine moments from Monica Rambeau, aka Spectrum. Bottom Line: Of the volumes I’ve read of Ewing’s Mighty Avengers, both have been the back-drop for Marvel crossover events (Infinity, Inhumanity, Axis) and Ewing has managed at times to make his stories more compelling than the event they’re connected to.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    The tag line for this volume excitedly proclaims 'Spinning out of Axis!' aaaannnnd that pretty much sums up why the first couple of issues collected here suck harder than a hooker with a gun to her head. I'm not going to get into this again but Crossover Event + ongoing series = unpleasant derailment. ENOUGH already, Marvel! Fortunately for the readers, once the crossover crap is out of the way, the rest of this volume is excellent. Great superhero stuff with the added bonus of it tying into Nextw The tag line for this volume excitedly proclaims 'Spinning out of Axis!' aaaannnnd that pretty much sums up why the first couple of issues collected here suck harder than a hooker with a gun to her head. I'm not going to get into this again but Crossover Event + ongoing series = unpleasant derailment. ENOUGH already, Marvel! Fortunately for the readers, once the crossover crap is out of the way, the rest of this volume is excellent. Great superhero stuff with the added bonus of it tying into Nextwave. As a huge fan of Monica Rambeau, this brought a big, goofy smile to my face. Have we really got time for another volume of this book before Secret Wars hits? Apparently so. Bring it on!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    There are some really good things about this volume, and most of them are Monica Rambeau. But the awful Axis crap takes over half the volume, and the rest is just bland, despite callbacks to the fantastic Nextwave, Agents of H.A.T.E.. The characters are too good for this story. There are some really good things about this volume, and most of them are Monica Rambeau. But the awful Axis crap takes over half the volume, and the rest is just bland, despite callbacks to the fantastic Nextwave, Agents of H.A.T.E.. The characters are too good for this story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    This was pretty meh. Glad to see how much Ewing Improved. This is just the mighty avengers who dealing with the fallout of Axis but nothing is very interesting. A 2 out of 5.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    Marvel do love to relaunch their books at the least excuse these days, but Al Ewing's Mighty Avengers run suffered one of the most ill-thought-through of all. It goes like this: because of some plot in other, less good books, Steve Rogers has been replaced as Captain America, again. This time, the shield has gone to his long-time comrade Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon. Marvel made big mainstream media announcements about the fact that the new Captain America is black. But - because of some other plot Marvel do love to relaunch their books at the least excuse these days, but Al Ewing's Mighty Avengers run suffered one of the most ill-thought-through of all. It goes like this: because of some plot in other, less good books, Steve Rogers has been replaced as Captain America, again. This time, the shield has gone to his long-time comrade Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon. Marvel made big mainstream media announcements about the fact that the new Captain America is black. But - because of some other plot, in an even less good other book, loads of Marvel's heroes and villains have had their personalities inverted. Generally, this is even more stupid than it sounds, but in broad terms the nice have turned nasty and the nasty, nice. The combined result being that anyone who's seen about this new black Cap, and decides to check him out, is introduced to him as a Judge Dredd-style violent, borderline-fascist bad cop. Oh yeah, and Luke Cage - one of Marvel's longest-standing black heroes, also a star of this series - got inverted too. He's no longer concerned with helping those in need (this series' original hook); now he's all about the money. As volume 4 of Mighty Avengers, this would have been a great story; Ewing handles the inversions much more subtly and plausibly than most of Marvel's writers managed. As a nice shiny #1 aimed at people who saw those news stories about Capt being African-American now, it's an offensively bad and utterly counter-productive idea from the marketing and editorial teams. Anyway. Once all of that is out of the way we get back to evil corporations, mad science and a gratuitous but utterly joyful drive to reinsert Nextwave firmly back into Marvel continuity. Much less stressful.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ian Mathers

    Holy shit this was wonderful. At this point, Al Ewing is right up there with Kieron Gillen as my favourite superhero comic book writer, and between this and Loki: Agent of Asgard he's maybe the best writer right now at not just threading the story he wants to tell through the crossover convolutions enforced by writing for one of the Big Two but actually using those limitations to make his stories even better; more emotional, more consequential, more exciting (G. Willow Wilson did a pretty good j Holy shit this was wonderful. At this point, Al Ewing is right up there with Kieron Gillen as my favourite superhero comic book writer, and between this and Loki: Agent of Asgard he's maybe the best writer right now at not just threading the story he wants to tell through the crossover convolutions enforced by writing for one of the Big Two but actually using those limitations to make his stories even better; more emotional, more consequential, more exciting (G. Willow Wilson did a pretty good job with this on Ms. Marvel, too). If everyone could write like this, I'd look forward to big company-wide events with a lot less dread. In terms of this title specifically, the way Ewing handles the evil flip storyline and then the death of the universe storyline is really great. The team he's got is interesting (and generally underused!) enough that it's hard not to wish he had more time to just do "normal" stories with them first, but during this truncated run he does really great work with them, and the Battleworld followup (Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders) is really wonderfully in the spirit of this run. Luke Ross does solid work throughout; it's one of those books where the art while not particularly radical is clear and distinct and personal enough that when one of these characters shows up elsewhere for a second I'm going "wait, that's not what they look like..." After the reboot it looks like Ewing's Ultimates run is going to have the closest thing to a version of this team (Black Panther, Monica Rambeau, Blue Marvel, Miss America, Captain Marvel, and Galactus), and his New Avengers should be interesting too (Sunspot, Squirrel Girl, Hawkeye, Songbird, Hulking and Wiccan). Sad to see this series go but it was damn good while it lasted.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    This wasn't a bad read, but really throughout the entire volume it felt like you were only getting part of the story. The first half deals with AXIS event, and since the major happenings occurred in that series, we only get a glimpse into things, then its over, and from reading this volume you have no clue how it was resolved. Then we get another storyline that tied into happenings in other books as well. I probably would have enjoyed this more if I had read the myriad other titles this tied int This wasn't a bad read, but really throughout the entire volume it felt like you were only getting part of the story. The first half deals with AXIS event, and since the major happenings occurred in that series, we only get a glimpse into things, then its over, and from reading this volume you have no clue how it was resolved. Then we get another storyline that tied into happenings in other books as well. I probably would have enjoyed this more if I had read the myriad other titles this tied into, but I am in the middle of reading a Captain America run which brought me here, so I was at least a little lost through most of it. That being said, it was still a decent story from what I could gather and the art is decent as well. If you decide to read this just keep in mind this isn't what I'd call a stand alone read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte (Buried in Books)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I hadn't read the Axis storyline, but the blurb at the front explained what had happened. It took a bit of getting used to (a bad Iron man etc), plus I hadn't really read much with Luke Cage/Jessica Jones. But I loved the artwork and story resolved itself quite nicely. I hadn't read the Axis storyline, but the blurb at the front explained what had happened. It took a bit of getting used to (a bad Iron man etc), plus I hadn't really read much with Luke Cage/Jessica Jones. But I loved the artwork and story resolved itself quite nicely.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    The first half of this volume gets pretty totally derailed by the Inversion of AXIS. Suddenly everyone's acting evil, then there's a big Avengers fight, then we don't get the end of the story at all, but instead everyone's good again. It's crossoverism at its worst, though Ewing tries his best to make sure that the crossover has repercussions in the main story. Meanwhile, we get the slow, meandering tale of two subplots: Gideon Mace and the Cortex Corp. The Mace plot has good roots, but turns int The first half of this volume gets pretty totally derailed by the Inversion of AXIS. Suddenly everyone's acting evil, then there's a big Avengers fight, then we don't get the end of the story at all, but instead everyone's good again. It's crossoverism at its worst, though Ewing tries his best to make sure that the crossover has repercussions in the main story. Meanwhile, we get the slow, meandering tale of two subplots: Gideon Mace and the Cortex Corp. The Mace plot has good roots, but turns into a really dull fight. Meanwhile, the Cortex plot dovetails pretty amazingly into both the Blue Marvel's plot and Monica's otherwise neglected NextWAVE plot. (But isn't it weird that is uses the Beyonders without comment just as they were being used in Time Runs Out!?)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sonic

    Though I really dig most of Al Ewing's fun work in Mighty Avengers, this just did not hold up. Art-wise or all together wise, though how much of that can be blamed on the art, I am not sure, ... Though I really dig most of Al Ewing's fun work in Mighty Avengers, this just did not hold up. Art-wise or all together wise, though how much of that can be blamed on the art, I am not sure, ...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Travis Berketa

    I always liked the various teams of Avengers that have been created, so I decided to have a read of Captain America and the Mighty Avengers: Open for Business (Vol. 1) . I wasn't sure what was happening at the start, what with some of the Avengers acting in the opposite way they would usually act (Inverted Avengers, which comes from another storyline); however once I got my head around what was happening, it turned out to be a great read. Moving on to Captain America and the Mighty Avenger I always liked the various teams of Avengers that have been created, so I decided to have a read of Captain America and the Mighty Avengers: Open for Business (Vol. 1) . I wasn't sure what was happening at the start, what with some of the Avengers acting in the opposite way they would usually act (Inverted Avengers, which comes from another storyline); however once I got my head around what was happening, it turned out to be a great read. Moving on to Captain America and the Mighty Avengers: Last Days (Vol. 2) to see how things turn out.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Villain E

    This should not have been a new number one issue. It was weird having a first issue where everyone was out of character because of Axis. And, after the crossover issues, the plot from the previous books continued. This is the least approachable first issue one can find. I like Al Ewing's character work. I'm not as big a fan of his plots. The crossover's don't help, of course. The art was not good. Pretty sure Luke Ross swiped images from other artists. This would have been a meh volume 4. It was a This should not have been a new number one issue. It was weird having a first issue where everyone was out of character because of Axis. And, after the crossover issues, the plot from the previous books continued. This is the least approachable first issue one can find. I like Al Ewing's character work. I'm not as big a fan of his plots. The crossover's don't help, of course. The art was not good. Pretty sure Luke Ross swiped images from other artists. This would have been a meh volume 4. It was a failure of a volume 1.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    This book starts with a boring tie in to a Marvel event, Axis where some characters have their morality flipped, not a good start to a book. But after that ends it moves into much more interesting space story wise, strong finish has me interested in how this series ends in its next volume. Art was pretty solid throughout, the Luke Ross issues looked very nice, the Iban Coello ones were pleasant to look at as well.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sean

    You add Axis to a "new" series and you get a twenty car pileup of terrible. First off, this is billed as a new series but its a continuation of Mighty Avengers. New readers will be lost. Then on top of it the tie-in to Axis which was awful. The Axis parts here were incredibly lame and I can't imagine who would have enjoyed them. The many villains are all throwaways. The art by Luke Ross was very good though. Overall, a dismal beginning which really isn't. You add Axis to a "new" series and you get a twenty car pileup of terrible. First off, this is billed as a new series but its a continuation of Mighty Avengers. New readers will be lost. Then on top of it the tie-in to Axis which was awful. The Axis parts here were incredibly lame and I can't imagine who would have enjoyed them. The many villains are all throwaways. The art by Luke Ross was very good though. Overall, a dismal beginning which really isn't.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Judah Radd

    3.5. I rounded up. This is decent. On think I liked is that it’s an unofficial sequel to Nextwave, which is cool. Monica Rambeau is really fun to watch here. On the down side, half the collection is paying lip service to the atrocious Axis event. Much of it seems unbalanced. I wasn’t crazy with the pacing and exposition. It seemed hasty and jumbled, as if Ewing just wanted to get to the climax without earning it. The art truly was rad though. It’s a decent read, but hardly great.

  16. 5 out of 5

    John

    Spun out of Inversion/Axis its a bit of a detour from Ewings Mighty Avengers run. But ita extremely optimisitc and I enjoy the tone. Few writers write solidly enjoyable superhero yarns that aren't spun out of angst, deconstruction, etc Ewing and Gillen and Aaron are the few Marvel writers that Ive enjoyed outside of Coates Spun out of Inversion/Axis its a bit of a detour from Ewings Mighty Avengers run. But ita extremely optimisitc and I enjoy the tone. Few writers write solidly enjoyable superhero yarns that aren't spun out of angst, deconstruction, etc Ewing and Gillen and Aaron are the few Marvel writers that Ive enjoyed outside of Coates

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sleepseeker

    The first half deals with the event Axis, which is fine if your reading that Event. I gave 3 star because it was an easy read and I'm exciting to see what happens with this team. I don't know the other characters as well but I love Luke Cage and hope to see more of him and his family. The first half deals with the event Axis, which is fine if your reading that Event. I gave 3 star because it was an easy read and I'm exciting to see what happens with this team. I don't know the other characters as well but I love Luke Cage and hope to see more of him and his family.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Casey Taylor

    Barely digestible. Apparently tied in to other stories not in this collection, so you finish an issue with a Big Problem, and Big Problem is resolved in some other series. Also, who are all these new heroes?

  19. 4 out of 5

    James

    Captain America and the Mighty Avengers Vol. 1 is pretty good, the artwork and color uses were great. Like the stories, the good vs the good/bad Avengers. Then everyone works together to defeat evil. Works every time.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Casey

    I didn't enjoy this comic as much as other comics. It referenced so many other comics that it became confusing. The part with the Beyond Corporation was also a little odd. I didn't enjoy this comic as much as other comics. It referenced so many other comics that it became confusing. The part with the Beyond Corporation was also a little odd.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Frans Kempe

    Two stories with the falcon as Cap America. One during the Axis story and directly afterwards fighting the Beyond Corporation

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jdetrick

    The magic of the original series is somewhat lost here, probablky because these issues are forced to crossover with the Axis event.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Issues 1-4 were good. 5 onwards we’re not, couldn’t finish half of issue 5

  24. 5 out of 5

    Fizzgig76

    Reprints Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #1-7 (January 2015-June 2015). The Avengers and Mighty Avengers are at war and Sam Wilson, the new Captain America, is caught in the middle. As Sam fights himself, the Mighty Avengers seek to stop their leader Luke Cage from turning on them by selling out to the Cortex Corporation. What is Cage planning and what evil from Spectrum’s past has returned? Written by Al Ewing, Captain America and the Mighty Avengers replaced Might Avengers (Volume 2). T Reprints Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #1-7 (January 2015-June 2015). The Avengers and Mighty Avengers are at war and Sam Wilson, the new Captain America, is caught in the middle. As Sam fights himself, the Mighty Avengers seek to stop their leader Luke Cage from turning on them by selling out to the Cortex Corporation. What is Cage planning and what evil from Spectrum’s past has returned? Written by Al Ewing, Captain America and the Mighty Avengers replaced Might Avengers (Volume 2). The series featured art by Luke Ross and Iban Coello. Captain America and the Mighty Avengers is indicative of Marvel Comics right now. I grew up loving the Avengers. With the X-Men, they were a great superhuman team that often put fun characters in the mix. The Mighty Avengers got the fun characters, but ruined the mix by having a story that lacks direction and is almost nonsensical to readers. Random things just happen in the series. I didn’t read the last few years of Avengers leading up to the series and thought I’d try reading this series. Marvel always relaunches their series to woo new readers, but this series does nothing to clear up what is going on. If I were a new reader, I would probably quit and just watch the movies. This is a big problem. There is a quick little summary at the beginning of the collection, but it doesn’t explain much of the story. The characters are all so out of character. In the course of the story, Captain America switches sides but his behavior really isn’t explained. This segues into Beyonders story which does slightly improve the comic, but it largely remains unbalanced and unreadable. What does work in the comic is the fun inclusion of Nextwave. Nextwave was written out of continuity essentially, but in this volume it is revealed that it really did happen. I love Captain Marvel aka Photon aka Pulsar aka Spectrum and it was fun to see her Nextwave incarnation return. Captain America and the Mighty Avengers 1: Open for Business isn’t a very good read and it shows a major problem for comics right now. The stories aren’t compelling and even as a veteran reader, I find them confusing and disjointed. I imagine trying to be someone just getting into comic books and picking up the first issue. As a kid, I used to be excited just to get the chance to get a comic, and if I had to spend the money comics ask you to pony up now and got Captain America and the Mighty Avengers, I would have been disappointed. Captain America and the Mighty Avengers 1: Open for Business was followed by the final volume Captain America and the Mighty Avengers 2: Last Days.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ed

    Al Ewing's Mighty Avengers and Captain America & the Might Avengers really got run over by the crossover train. That first series, though, did a better job of shaking off the tendrils of Infinity/Inhumanity that birthed it and then making the most of the premise of Original Sin when that crossover crossed over. Captain America & the Mighty Avengers, though, starts off on the wrong track due to AXIS. Ewing does his best with the concept (heroes turned evil) and does a good job of explaining what Al Ewing's Mighty Avengers and Captain America & the Might Avengers really got run over by the crossover train. That first series, though, did a better job of shaking off the tendrils of Infinity/Inhumanity that birthed it and then making the most of the premise of Original Sin when that crossover crossed over. Captain America & the Mighty Avengers, though, starts off on the wrong track due to AXIS. Ewing does his best with the concept (heroes turned evil) and does a good job of explaining what happened, but the whole thing sends the comic in the wrong direction. Luke Cage being temporarily evil really derails whatever momentum the story had. Sam "Captain America" Wilson being temporarily evil entirely negates his name in the title. And Ewing just doesn't have space to explore the "Mighty" part of the Mighty Avengers; the team spends three issues battling other Avengers rather than actually pushing forward any of the interesting concepts Ewing set up in the first series. Once Axis wraps up and the team is back to normal, the story actually gets started. It's pretty fun stuff that does a nice job of lightly tying in the Beyond Corporation to the Beyonders, but it still feels pretty rushed. And it mostly feels like it's setting up later stories, but then those are totally derailed by Secret Wars in the next collection.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    Half the Mighty Avengers have been inverted and are now the baddies, while some of the villains are now being evil for good, leading to some confusion from regular civilians. Because nothing says "let's introduce the world to Sam Wilson as Captain America!" like having him severely injure people in the name of good? This was so confusing. It started after the inverting, without giving any idea of the Axis plot that led to it, set up tensions between the two halves of Mighty Avengers and then had Half the Mighty Avengers have been inverted and are now the baddies, while some of the villains are now being evil for good, leading to some confusion from regular civilians. Because nothing says "let's introduce the world to Sam Wilson as Captain America!" like having him severely injure people in the name of good? This was so confusing. It started after the inverting, without giving any idea of the Axis plot that led to it, set up tensions between the two halves of Mighty Avengers and then had them all de-verted in the next issue! I get that this was a tie in, basically, but I've never seen a collection make so little sense. This wasn't its own series, it needed Axis issues to make a complete storyline. The captions were clever and fun, and I'd try reading something by this guy again, but this was a big ugh.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Wow so many things wrong with this series. But first the art for the most part is great. Luke Ross and Iban Coello did their best to save this mess. First of all, if it is Capital and the Mighty Avengers....feature Cap. Falcon cap really doesn't work. Also he is a minor player here. Second, "Mighty" to me does not a poor man's version of Doctor Druid, Tigra, Mr Terrific, some strange versions of Power man (not Luke Cage), a strange version of Luke Cage and She-Hulk and lord knows who else. Serio Wow so many things wrong with this series. But first the art for the most part is great. Luke Ross and Iban Coello did their best to save this mess. First of all, if it is Capital and the Mighty Avengers....feature Cap. Falcon cap really doesn't work. Also he is a minor player here. Second, "Mighty" to me does not a poor man's version of Doctor Druid, Tigra, Mr Terrific, some strange versions of Power man (not Luke Cage), a strange version of Luke Cage and She-Hulk and lord knows who else. Seriously where are the Great Lakes Avengers when you really need them. Third , when you do get the real Avengers to show up they are inverted by some stupid sounding story and they are the bad guys. What a mess!!! I wanted to give at least 2 stars just for the art, but after finishing the review is just can't.

  28. 4 out of 5

    B

    There were a lot of times reading this book I had a big grin on my face. Ewing does a deft job weaving Marvel continuity with humor and humanity and combining it with a real plot. The problem is that there are just too many characters. It feels like every two pages we jump to another part of the team, which has its own interpersonal arc to resolve. I wish there were fewer characters so more would get developed. (Example: The "Ronin" character that, to me, was kind of the central mystery of the pr There were a lot of times reading this book I had a big grin on my face. Ewing does a deft job weaving Marvel continuity with humor and humanity and combining it with a real plot. The problem is that there are just too many characters. It feels like every two pages we jump to another part of the team, which has its own interpersonal arc to resolve. I wish there were fewer characters so more would get developed. (Example: The "Ronin" character that, to me, was kind of the central mystery of the previous volume has seemingly vanished without trace or mention. Example: A series of individuals get transformed in a certain way, but Gideon Mace (who also gets transformed) gets transformed in a different way. For no real reason. Example: Man, oh, man, would I like to see more Blue Marvel. What is his deal?)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Scott Lee

    Choppy because of tie-ins, but with the addition of Sam Wilson as the "all-new" Captain America this book essentially continues with the feel and sensitivities of the first three volumes. Personally the chopped feeling because of tie-ins keeps the plot from being terribly effective--especially since major events hinted at or directly referenced here only happen off stage. And instead of having a complete story that is an addition to these or a reflection on their impact we get half stories that Choppy because of tie-ins, but with the addition of Sam Wilson as the "all-new" Captain America this book essentially continues with the feel and sensitivities of the first three volumes. Personally the chopped feeling because of tie-ins keeps the plot from being terribly effective--especially since major events hinted at or directly referenced here only happen off stage. And instead of having a complete story that is an addition to these or a reflection on their impact we get half stories that fit during or after Axis. The battle with the Beyond Corporation isn't much better, but at least Ewing makes it about who these characters are and not just how hard they can hit somebody. The characters and tone make the book worth reading. The actual "adventure" portion is a bit cliched and weak.

  30. 4 out of 5

    David

    Kind of meh. Though I'm glad to see more of the Blue Marvel and Monica Rambeau, whichever handle she's using these days. The story is over convoluted, and joyless. Why start this book with Cap in Evil mode post-Axis? Kind of sets a weird tone for the series. And super-weird if you've not read that x-over, cuz there's no de-brief to let you know why he starts off evil. White Tiger, is that her name ? She is a dull character. She has claws. She claws people. Yuck. Because all females are cat-like. Kind of meh. Though I'm glad to see more of the Blue Marvel and Monica Rambeau, whichever handle she's using these days. The story is over convoluted, and joyless. Why start this book with Cap in Evil mode post-Axis? Kind of sets a weird tone for the series. And super-weird if you've not read that x-over, cuz there's no de-brief to let you know why he starts off evil. White Tiger, is that her name ? She is a dull character. She has claws. She claws people. Yuck. Because all females are cat-like. And have long nails. And claws. Stupid! Should have stopped that shit at Tigra, Marvel's lamest character. Why repeat it again and again? Female cat-character after female cat-character. Dumb.

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