Written by Nick Spencer
Art by Stefano Caselli
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: July 16, 2014

Avengers World #9 checks in on Cannonball and Sunspot, two of the original members on the A.I.M island team, in what is probably the most fun-filled Avengers issue in a year or more.

Nick Spencer goes into full buddy mode with Cannonball and Sunspot, highlighting their relationship and what makes these two characters a lot of fun. There are elements of Superior Foes in this issue, with Spencer’s skill at writing humour on full display. The dialogue in this issue is absolutely hilarious, without sabotaging the depth of this plot. This is not an easy thing to accomplish, making a comic funny without making it a total joke-fest, but Spencer does it and I applaud him for it. The A.I.M. storyline is becoming more interesting and complex by the page and the back-and-forth banter between Cannonball and Sunspot does a great job of keeping this issue light while highlighting some very heavy pieces of information. The lighthearted attitudes of Cannonball and Sunspot juxtapose the situation brilliantly, and make this an entertaining issue from start to finish.

Spencer throws down some very intriguing information between the gags in this issue, and it will be very interesting to see if these are red herrings or plot points down the line. Either way, it is a lot of fun to read an issue with this many one-line teasers thrown in, and what they may or may not mean for this title down the line. Spencer is throwing down some of his best Big Two work ever in this book and even though the series is bouncing between a very large cast and several locales, the story is very cohesive and tight. This comic could easily be a train wreck, but Spencer is making it fly and it is routinely one of my favourite books of the week it comes out.

Stefano Caselli, what can I say about your fantastic art that hasn’t already been said? Caselli makes the humour in this issue work wonders with some excellent facial expressions and body language that makes the dialogue fit perfectly. Caselli handles humour, ominous aspects of the issue, and completely new races and locales with ease, delivering some of the best superhero work in comics today. His linework is absolutely fantastic, and his name should be near the top of any list involving the best superhero pencilers in comics today. Avengers World #9 is superhero artwork done right, and Caselli is at the top of his game.

Avengers World #9 is a riot that also manages to drive the story forward. Cannonball and Sunspot fans will adore this issue, and for readers who aren’t as familiar with the characters, especially as Avengers, this is a great intro. Spencer and Caselli are one of the strongest creative teams in comics right now, and Avengers World, while being one of a myriad of Avengers books, is one of the best team comics there is. I highly recommend this issue for anyone who was a fan of Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Avengers Assemble, and if you haven’t tried Avengers World, I have a feeling this one will hook you in.

The Verdict: 9.0/10


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