AVENGERS A.I. #1
Written by Sam Humphries
Art by Andre Lima Araujo
Release Date: July 3, 2013
Out of the gate, Humphries does a great job giving Avengers A.I. a very unique voice amongst the Avengers titles. This comic is much more than “Avengers with robots” as Pym and his crew deal with some of the lasting ramifications of the Age of Ultron. Humphries’ dialogue is energetic and entertaining, stripping the robotic nature from these characters and giving them very distinguishable personalities. Hank Pym is almost manic in his renewed desire to do better in the world, and the Vision takes on a different role than we’ve seen before that is a very interesting step for the character. There is also a particular Doombot that steals the show, and is probably the breakout character of the month in the Marvel Universe. This new character really differentiates this comic from others on the shelf and shows that Humphries has a lot of directions he can go with this title. With the characterizations of the Doombot, Pym, Vision and Victor Mancha, I was pleasantly surprised at how much heart this comic already has considering the team is comprised mainly of machines. Humphries does a great job of making this series approachable from the outset, and anyone looking for an Avengers book that is different can find what they are looking for with Avengers A.I.
Andre Araujo’s art is consistent throughout the issue, with a style that suits the characters well. His pencils for the android characters leap off the page, with Vision in particular looking the best he has in years. Vision does some very interesting things in this issue and Araujo makes them soar. His action sequences are fantastic throughout the issue and his style matches the tone of Humphries’ script very well. His facial work for the human characters does lack some expression, but this is a minor complaint in the grand scheme of the issue as it may be a conscious choice to pencil Monica Chang in this manner.
Avengers A.I. #1 is a very entertaining read with a lot of energy, humour, and a huge amount of potential. This is unlike any other team book Marvel is putting out and I highly recommend any Hank Pym or Vision fans diving into this book head first, you won’t be disappointed.