The heavy hitters are here from the future to bail out the Avengers as multiple fronts escalate at once for the cast of Avengers World.
It’s all hitting the fan at once in Nick Spencer’s big picture Avengers book, and after a huge issue #10, Spencer attempts to keep the adrenaline running high through issue 11. His script is not a bad one, by any means, but it is heavily undermined at many points by some subpar art, especially for this series. Spencer continues to write these characters well, their personalities consistent and there are some entertaining moments with the “help” that are what readers know well from Spencer, but at every turn his writing is undermined by lacklustre artwork. Some of Spencer’s dialogue featuring the “Next Avengers” falls flat due to the artwork not fitting what he is writing, and by the end of the issue I felt it was a shame to see such a script effectively go to waste. There are intriguing aspects to this story, and readers who have been keeping up on Avengers World will definitely want to read this issue to see where the plot is going, but they will be in for a shock after reading 10 issues that have been superior thus far.
The artwork by Raffaele Ienco is, as mentioned, very inconsistent and borderline poor at times. Readers have been spoiled in this series by some fantastic artwork from Stefano Caselli and Marco Checchetto, and it was disappointing to see an issue go so far off base. From start to finish the artwork appears to be very rushed, with characters looking stiff, lifeless and awkward throughout the issue. At times, characters eyes do not even appear to be looking in the same direction and awkward angles and poses kill the flow of the issue. Much of Spencer’s dialogue refers to the age of the Next Avengers, which all falls flat due to the fact that these “kids” look like they are in their twenties. Maria Hill, who is making the cracks about their age, looks to be exactly the same age as the “kids” to the point where the script almost doesn’t make sense at points with the artwork that is presented. I’ve seen better from Ienco, and readers have certainly seen better in Avengers World.
Issue #11 fizzles out from the start due to some very inconsistent artwork that does not reflect the script well. While the story is arguably essential reading for people looking to keep up with the series, it’s hard not to wonder how this comic would have looked with Caselli at the helm. Here’s hoping #12 is stronger, as this series will falter fast if plagued with these kinds of inconsistencies.
The Verdict: 5.0/10