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House of M: Avengers #2

December 4, 2007

Quick Rating: Fair
Rating: T+

Cage’s crew faces Shang-Chi.

Writer: Christos N. Gage
Pencils: Mike Perkins
Inks: Drew Hennessy & Mike Perkins
Colors: Raul Trevino
Letters: Rus Wooton
Editor: Bill Rosemann & Tom Brevoort
Cover Art: Mike Perkins
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Luke Cage’s crew, planning a subtle revolution against the House of M, tries to forge an alliance with Shang-Chi’s gang, but Shang wants nothing of it. Meanwhile, an ex-Marine named Frank Castle is about to go on the most disastrous picnic of his life.

I give Gage a lot of credit for finding a different way to handle the Punisher than the obvious route, although what happens to him afterwards isn’t really too engaging to me. The broad strokes of this series as a whole aren’t really that well defined – other than a general sense that the Sapiens are fighting the mutants (speaking of which, since when is Taskmaster a mutant?) I don’t feel a real direction here. The smaller bits, the character beats, are considerably stronger – Cage’s explanation for his “Christmas!” exclamation, for example. I don’t know if that’s something Gage pulled from canon or if it’s a new beat he came up with, but either way, it helps rationalize a rather annoying character trait from the past.

Mike Perkins’s art is pretty strong. He’s got a good feel for street-level fighting, and Raul Trevino’s colors help. The daytime scenes aren’t quite as strong as nighttime, though, with a color palette a bit too yellow, giving the comic a washed out feeling.

This isn’t a bad book, but Gage is fighting an uphill battle, at least with me. It’s not bad, but it’s not good enough to get my interest.

Rating: 6/10

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