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Avengers: The Initiative #4

July 16, 2007

Quick Rating: Very Good
Title: Green Zone (A World War Hulk tie-in)
Rating: T+

When the Hulk invades, can the Initiative kids just stand by and watch?

Writer: Dan Slott
Art: Stefano Caselli
Colors: Daniele Rudoni
Letters: Joe Caramagna
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Cover Art: Jim Cheung
Publisher: Marvel Comics

As Hardball carries out his top-secret assignment, Justice takes Cloud 9 on a trip to find some peace. What they find instead is something terrifying – but before they have time to deal with it they’ve got to move. The Hulk has invaded New York.

This is the kind of crossover issue that works for me. It advances many of the ongoing storylines of this title, but still fits perfectly within the framework of the World War Hulk storyline. Watching the Initiative recruits stuck on crowd control really helps demonstrate each of their personalities. It’s also nice to see Rage point out that, um, yeah, he actually was an Avenger. He may be young, but he’s not exactly a rookie. Some of the others who haven’t gotten much of a spotlight get a little more play here, and we’re given a missing piece to the Hulk/Iron Man fight from World War Hulk #1.

This issue seems to hover in time between the first and second issues of the main crossover, making me wonder when the next issue will come out and fill in some of these blanks (it’s this week, right?). Regardless of that, this is a strong issue that has significance both for this title and for the overall crossover, and it’s well worth reading.

Rating: 8/10

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