US Avengers #2
Written by: AL Ewing
Pencils by: Paco Medina
Ink by: Juan Vlasco
Color by: Jesus Aburtov
Publisher: Marvel Comics
By James Portis
A new threat has emerged from the future and it’s up to Roberto da Costa and his team of Avengers to put an end to this villains schemes. Can a warning from an alternate timeline and some snazzy suits make this a good read? Let’s take a look.
So the story picks right where we left off. The Captain America from the future, Danielle Cage daughter of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, has returned from her alternate future to tell Roberto da Costa the new Citizen V that the world is in danger from her arch enemy the Golden Skull. At seeing this character at the end of the first issue, I honestly didn’t know how to feel about him. All he seems bent on is greed. Literally, taking the world’s money by whatever means necessary. Even, if he has to screw over the entire world to get it. He has all manners of weapons at his disposal robots, grunts who will work for him, because he’s promising world domination but all he cares about is stripping the entire world of money. In a way it’s a nice change to just have a money grubbing villain because of every other fiend and scoundrel heroes usually face is so hardcore destroy life as we know it. So it’s a welcomed change.
Prior to explaining the origins of The Golden Skull, the book itself actually begins with Captain America explaining why everything is so cataclysmic in her future. But the weird thing about this is, all of this is null and void for two reasons,
- The events were stopped in the “New Avengers” which came before U.S. Avengers. Therefore, Danielle even says they already prevented it. She and Golden Skull come from a parallel timeline.
- After this plotline is resolved, I’m not completely sure where Danielle is going to go. They could just make up some dumb reason why she can stay in the time period. This entirely makes me wish they would have just left the book as New Avengers instead of relaunching it. That’s not to say this book won’t do well, but if this gimmick just goes by the wayside and achieves nothing more than what a New Avengers book could have, I will be very disappointed.
From here we cut to Golden Skull who is fast at work. Recruiting and conniving to enviably burn all the people working under him. The only reason he really came to this time period was because the money had run dry. So he found a way to send himself to the past so he could begin his empire sooner, which, all things considered, is not a bad plan.
After learning all he can about the enemy from enemy, Roberto da Costa, he gathers the team and they set off in style. Attending a fundraising event, everyone is in fancy tuxedos…even the woman…eh gender equality exists so why not? After a little bit witty banter from both Squirrel Girl, wishing for nuts in her wine, and da Costa chatting up the socialites, the book ends with these socialites appearing to not be who they appear to be as Golden Skull watches from a camera and flips a trigger.
U.S. Avengers is a lot of exposition with a little bit of humor. It goes in depth about the villain and where he and this futuristic Captain America come from and builds well making him a pretty good new low class enemy with a somewhat larger scheme. The art by Paco Medina is very stylized. Much like Brett Booth, penciler for DC’s Titans, I love when artists don’t try to hard and give me comics that have a stylized touch that lets you know they’re drawn characters but aren’t trying too hard to simulate real life or so animated that it feels too much like a television show. Wish all this in mind I deem US Avengers #2 a very good read. Catch you guys next time and God bless the USA.