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on 22 January 2009
Ok, I haven't actually got this graphic novel, but I do have the comics books that are in it (issues 1 to 4).
I knew nothing about any of the characters before I read this (other than a quick skim through wikipedia, and the appearance of Spitfire in the Captain America Omnibus) but really enjoyed them anyway. It doesn't really get confusing, though you do have to accept that all the characters have a past and just pick it up as you go along. Paul Cornell gives you all the relevant information (eg Black Knight was in the Avengers and his sword is evil - all I know or need to know) so it is perfectly accessable to new readers like myself.
The storyline itself is great. Really exciting and with plenty of twists. The team isn't active at the beginning of the storyline, and their formation flows really well out of the story. They have to do something to stop the Skrulls that justifies the team being in existence even after the skrulls have gone. There is a very magical/fantasy backdrop as oppossed to the more common sci-fi backdrop that is in most super-hero books. I wasn't sure if I would like that, but I have enjoyed it so don't let that put you off.
The artwork is really good. I can't complain about anything in it really. Obviously Kirk isn't one of marvel's superstar artists but I can't think of anyone I would rather have on the book The tone would fit someone like Bryan Hitch or John Cassaday, and either of them would be good choices but I think like Kirk. It looks great. Sometimes the backgrounds can be very full in fight/action scenes and that makes it a little difficult to tell exactly what is going on at a glance, but you can linger on those panels. And anyway, a fight scene should be a little confusing with lots going on.
The only minor criticism I have is that the story is so fast paced that it can be a little hard to keep track of everything first time through. This is the first arc of an ongoing series so it needs to be exciting to pull people in.
There are loads of great reviews for the individual issues on the net so have a read through them for other people's opinions. If you are unsure about getting it I would highly recommend just trying it. The panini edition is very cheap compared to ones produced by marvel and it is well worth at least trying out. Besides, it is nice to have a series focusing on Britain.
Edit: I deleted this from a five star review and reposted it as a four star. I have decided to be more discerning in my ratings and only rate as five star things I think are essential purchases.