Written by: Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub
Art by: Pepe Larraz, David Curiel, Cory Petit
Published by: Marvel Comics
What it’s all about…
NO SURRENDER Part 1. AVENGERS goes WEEKLY for the stunning sixteen-part saga that will write the end of an era! The Earth has been STOLEN! The sky burns while mysterious cosmic objects crash down from above, wreaking havoc across the world! The Avengers are the last line of defense between Earth and the mysterious forces threatening to tear it apart. It’s time to ASSEMBLE! The teams you know and love from AVENGERS, UNCANNY AVENGERS, U.S.AVENGERS and OCCUPY AVENGERS come together to face a threat beyond any they’ve faced before in a weekly epic adventure that will define the future of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! less
What I thought about it…
The “No Surrender” saga brings together the various and Avengers titles over the course of the next sixteen weeks for a story that will change everything! Gee, haven’t heard that one before. And I seriously doubt Marvel will deliver on the weekly promise. But that’s another story.
Anyways, I enjoyed most, but not all, of Avengers #675. The writing crew of Mark Waid (Avengers and Champions), Al Ewing (U.S. Avengers and Ultimates), and Jim Zub (Uncanny Avengers) packed a lot into one issue that moves quickly but never lets up. That’s quite a feat for a comic featuring so many characters, but all the teams get their fair share of the spotlight which was nice.
The writers did a nice job in giving each of the Avengers’ squads their own part of the action. But they also managed to give readers who haven’t been following the Avengers line a sense of what each team is like. So my hat off to the writing team!
My biggest complaint about Avengers #675 is the art by Pepe Larraz. Things start off great with the undercover Lightning sequence, and there are some great action moments that jump off the page. But more often than now, some of the art in this issue looks rushed and loose. The faces of some characters look the same regardless of whether they’re male or female.
Don’t get me wrong, there are points in this comic where the art is gorgeous, but it’s not consistent throughout the issue. I don’t know if Pepe Larraz is going to be the only artist for all sixteen parts of “No Surrender,” but if he is, I hope Marvel doesn’t rush him too much.
Avengers #675 isn’t a home run, but there is promise here. For now, this is a solid start to what could either be a modern Avengers classic, or just another forgotten storyline of the decade. With a weekly schedule, we’ll know soon enough.
Avengers #675 score: B