Review: AVENGERS #33

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
Release Date: November 7, 2012

Avengers #33 brings us one step closer to the end of the epic Bendis run on Avengers and the rotating-artist extravaganza brings a heavyweight team to the fun with Terry and Rachel Dodson.

In this issue, Bendis does a great job of boiling this story down to what I consider to be “Avengers basics”. We’ve got the “classic” Avengers diving head first into a situation to save one of their own (no, I won’t spoil who) and running into a whole new world we’ve not been introduced to before. Bendis knows these characters so well, and you can feel that he is saying farewell to these characters in these pages. He’s giving readers one last fantastic Avengers tale, focusing on the fundamentals of what makes the Avengers, and he is doing it extremely well. There are excellent moments between characters who are old friends, characters who have been through the wars (literally and figuratively) together, and have some of the strongest bonds in comics. There are some references to what these characters have gone through during some of Bendis’ larger stories that have occurred during the run, but this issue is by no means inaccessible and it was nice to see a shout out to the events Bendis has put these characters through. The focus of this issue is really on the heroes, as the villain introduced is rather one dimensional, but it is nice to have an arc really focusing on the core Avengers to round out this run. This issue’s script is entertaining, the dialogue is sharp, and there was a surprising amount of humour mixed into this book. If this pace continues, Bendis will be leaving Avengers on a very strong note.

Terry and Rachel Dodson bring their usual high quality art to Avengers #33, which features an extremely diverse cast of characters. There are some fantastic splash shots of these iconic characters in this issue, though Dodson’s work in some of the smaller panels comes across somewhat rushed and less tight than is typical. This is an extremely minor gripe, as a Dodson panel that is rushed is still sharper than many of the finished pencils in the industry, so do not be swayed by that small criticism. This art is solid, there is really no two ways about it, and Dodson gave me yet another issue to make me yearn for a monthly title penciled by him.

Avengers #33 is a fun comic in the middle of an arc rounding it’s way in to what could be an extremely interesting finish for Bendis. Avengers fans will find a lot to love in this book, and I am eagerly anticipating reading the next issue.

Verdict: 8.0/10


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