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Mighty Avengers #3

May 15, 2007

Quick Rating: Good
Rating: A

The Sentry tries to match his mettle against Ultron.

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Frank Cho
Colors: Jason Keith
Letters: Dave Lanphear
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Cover Art: Frank Cho
Publisher: Marvel Comics

As the Avengers’ most powerful member takes aim at the new Ultron, a couple of old members are called up to the front lines. As much as I liked the first issue of this series – for the first time since Geoff Johns left the book, it felt like I was actually reading The Avengers again – the story is starting to wear thin. Here we are, three issues in, and we’re still on the same fight scene as issue one. What’s more, I can’t really recall what happened in issue two – the first page of this issue could just as easily have followed the end of issue one.

The big selling point here is the Sentry’s fight with Ultron, which isn’t a bad fight. It still has that sense that the writer is trying to sell us on the Sentry being the big gun he (until now) has never actually proven himself to be, no matter how much the characters claim he is. The trick with the thought bubbles was fun at first, but it’s starting to wear thin too – it’s the same joke over and over again, and it’s not particularly enlightening.

Those of you who have been upset about Frank Cho’s cheesecake art… um… don’t get this issue. Ultron, the Wasp, Ms. Marvel and the Black Widow all get displayed this issue, and the addition of Tigra to the cast just elevates the situation. Still, if you’ve enjoyed the artwork, it’s as good as ever.

This book, for me, is really coasting on good artwork and what is definitely an interesting cliffhanger (although nobody will actually believe the announcement). It has promise, but it’s falling into some old traps.

Rating: 7/10

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