The first arc of Avengers World comes to a close as Nick Spencer wraps up his trio of missions across the globe in huge Avengers fashion, giving those who have been reading the series a lot to enjoy within these pages.
Nick Spencer draws the three theatres of battle to a close, showcasing the Avengers doing what the Avengers do best: saving the world. This issue is huge and features some large payoffs after 13 issues of buildup, and seeing the big, explosive finishes to these storylines is quite satisfying. Spencer has done a lot in the past 13 issues, introducing new S.H.I.E.L.D.-style organizations around the globe and pulling some old favourites back into service and the way he brings it all together in this comic is very entertaining. Spencer wraps things up so well that it feels like the finale of a series, and, just when you think the arc is going to be self-contained and begin anew with issue #15, Spencer drops a surprise in there that will most certainly have ramifications down the road.
Spencer’s dialogue is exceptionally strong in this comic, with his interactions between Maria Hill and the field teams stealing the show. Maria really drives this book forward and her interpretation of the character is great. He handles a huge cast in this one but manages to maintain their separate voices, which is not an easy thing to do. He’s a clever writer and it shows in every speech balloon in this comic, and his strong writing has solidified Avengers World as a top flight book featuring some of the best and brightest characters in the Avengers world (pun totally intended).
Spencer’s strong writing is matched by skilled artwork from Marco Checchetto. With the transition of Stefano Caselli to the main Avengers title, Checchetto has stepped into Avengers World and continued it’s tradition of rock solid artwork. Checchetto delivers sharp pencil work from start to finish, handling the huge cast and three battlefields very well. His style has the “epic” feel of the clashes that occur in this comic, with the three teams of Avengers dealing with extremely credible and capable threats and persevering and winning like Avengers do. He captures that “Avengers Assemble” energy well, showcasing these heroes as noble and right, and his skill isn’t just limited to the action sequences. Checchetto handles the dialogue heavy scenes well, using interesting angles to keep the visuals dynamic and he pencils a mean Maria Hill. She’s strong and capable, and Checchetto gives her the poise that a Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. would have.
Spencer and Checchetto close out this exceptionally long (yet great) arc with a strong, thundering issue that will please fans greatly. This creative pairing is very strong and, even though I once thought a book like Avengers World might be superfluous, I find myself happy to be proven wrong. 14 issues in, this is as strong as any book in the Avengers line and I can’t wait for more Avengers World.
The Verdict: 8.5/10