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4.0 out of 5 stars Even more Cosmic Avengers Assemble!, 27 Dec 2013
No More Mr. Mice Guy (London, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Avengers Vol.3: Infinity Prologue (Paperback)
The story running through issues #12-17 of Avengers (volume 5) is collected as Avengers Volume 3 (Marvel Now): Infinity Prelude (Avengers (Marvel Hardcover)). This continues the `cosmic' story from the previous two collection of this volume of the Avengers, and you can probably guess what the next volume will be titled. This once again is more cosmicy stuff featuring the Avengers at full throttle, with little or no `personal' - i.e. out of costume, or even masks-off - interaction; even in the Savage Land, where they are watching over the alien/evolved `children', they mainly remain in costume - apart from Hawkguy and Spider-Woman, who take advantage of the sunshine...

The High Evolutionary comes calling, hoping to use some of the children in his evolutionary work, unleashing a Terminus when the Avengers come to rescue his prisoners; AIM continue to poke at their Seed with bigger and bigger sticks, until something responds... and the other Seeds start triggering cataclysmic events also. Captain Universe requires the Avengers to get bigger in order to face the oncoming storm, and Adam and Starbrand are enrolled, the Hulk has an episode in the middle of a crisis, and Ex Nihilo and his sister are finally invited to join the team.

This is still an excellent storyline, with a good mix of cosmic and character scenes, and also a good mix of old and new characters, but I do miss the personal stuff from previous Avenger series. This is too much `Justice League' and not enough Stan and Jack for my liking.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Game of chess, anyone?, 28 Oct 2013
Culleton (Winchester, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Avengers Vol.3: Infinity Prologue (Paperback)
There may be spoilers ahead...

Jonathan Hickman continues to weave and connect some of the dots that began in Avengers Volume 1 in this third volume of his work since he took the helm following the Marvel NOW! commencement.

Previously we discovered that extra-terrestrial beings were taking an interest in Planet Earth (not for the first time), but these fellas actually have a big part to play in creating worlds, and life on worlds.

After volumes 1 and 2, some of that new life is now under the protection of the Avengers. Out in the Savage Land, these alien children are taught various moral lessons by Spiderman, Thor, Hawkeye, Spiderwoman and Hyperion, but when the children are taken from them, our heroes must face the threats from the High Evolutionary whilst attempting to rescue their new charges.

Then we discover the purpose of the "Origin Bombs" that were sent to Earth in Volume 1, as signals are being sent into space that disrupts 90% of the world's electrical grids. Whilst we see the Avengers dealing with various catastrophes and threats around the world caused by these signals, A.I.M. become involved, harbouring a threat of their own, but not before that threat wipes the floor with some of the Avengers team.

S.H.I.E.L.D., S.W.O.R.D., A.I.M., the Avengers, Builders, Creators, - all are involved as the pieces start to come together as the slightly confusing storyline that began in issue 1 starts to make sense.

And once those signals are received...

Jonathan Hickman's story has been brewing slowly but has been building momentum ready for this year's big event; INFINITY. All my favourite Avengers are contained here; with a big roster that includes some new faces that I'm beginning to like. Hickman has clearly known from issue 1 what will happen when it's all over, but he's been keeping the reader (or maybe just me) puzzled for the better part of 17 issues.

Now I'm starting to enjoy it more. I gave volumes 1 and 2, 3 stars each. I'm going up to 4 for Volume 3, mostly because he's finally given me the connection I needed in the earlier volumes, but also because there's some great scenes contained here; the moral lessons for the alien children were both funny and touching at the same time, the Avengers taking a beating, and the schemes of A.I.M. were particular highlights for me.

The artwork and colouring is spectacular throughout, with artist duties being split between Mike Deodato, Stefano Caselli, Marco Rudy and Marco Checchetto.

Volumes 1 and 2 were slow burners. Now we're picking up pace and I thoroughly look forward to what comes next...INFINITY.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great service, 19 May 2014
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This review is from: Avengers Vol.3: Infinity Prologue (Paperback)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Infinity and not Infamy., 4 July 2014
This review is from: Avengers Vol.3: Infinity Prologue (Paperback)
Infinity and not Infamy.
As with the last two trades, this is better than I expected and it does continue to have warmth for it's characters within the cosmos-spanning set-up which it moves along towards the Infinity crossover.
There are some interesting developments in the lives of the newer and more cosmic Avengers we have met recently although the mystery of the `broken' Captain Universe is still annoyingly mysterious.
This should be too highbrow, too galactic in scope and difficult to empathise with or keep an interest in - but it is not - it is how the `Kree-Skrull-War' would be done if it was being done now.
Infinity has it's critics and I was prepared to avoid it - but I cannot wait to dive in now.
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