Varsity vs JV (Avengers #672 Comic Review)

Avengers #672 Review

Writer: Mark Waid
Penciler: Jesus Saiz
Cover: Alex Ross
Publisher: Marvel Comics

What you need to know: There is a threat coming from counter Earth that Nova and Spider-Man (Peter Parker) attempt to warn their respective teams of. The Avengers and the Champions show up at the same destination to stop the threat and end up working together to do so. But there is more to it than both teams realize and they split up into smaller teams together to combat the multiple emergencies.

What you’ll find out: At the start Vision and his daughter Viv are helping with an out of control inferno in a building. Viv disobeys her father and when Vision attempts to lecture her. Viv resents it and leaves. By this time, at the Champions headquarters, Nova is convincing the totally awesome Hulk of counter earth and a threat coming. While Spider-Man (Parker) does the same at Avengers headquarters with the new Wasp. Eventually Nova and Spider-Man are proven right and the two teams mobilize.
A meteor pops up from seemingly nowhere headed towards earth and the two teams arrive to stop it. The older more experienced Avengers immediately “step on the toes” of the younger team and though frustrated by the treatment, the Champions do their part.
The meteor is stopped by a concerted team effort but then things get worse. Multiple locations in different high rise buildings vibrate at the same frequency of the meteor threatening the lives of those in the buildings and area. The Avengers and Champions split into smaller teams to head to those locations. And then things get worse as a creature emerges from the meteor.

Pros: Waid, who is writer on both Avengers and Champions pulls the two teams together perfectly. Using Vision and Viv as the common connecting piece as father and daughter. Using that relationship to establish the more experienced Avengers as the parental figures. And the Champions as the younger, eager to prove they can do just as well as the old guard. Which is perfect since Champions is about the younger generation being better heroes than the often older heroes. Who seem to be fighting each other over one issue or another in “civil wars” way too often. Waid literally brings these two worlds together just right and does a great job of setting up what’s to come.
The art is beautiful and bold and lends to just how awe inspiring super heroes should be. Saiz has great detail and can capture moments and facial expressions just right. And the colors and textures are just amazing. Each scene is unique as nothing is taken for granted. From the shadowing of the flames in the beginning to the bright sunny day the meteor comes. There is even a beautiful Alex Ross cover for those, like me, who’re Ross fans.
It’s a great starting point that fits along perfectly with the return of the older numbering system. Avengers #672 is a nice round number or anything like that but it’s very welcomed return to for long time collectors.

Cons: The only thing that takes away from the issue for me is the lack of a defining threat. Is it the High Evolutionary since it’s coming from his world? Or is it something else? An event like this which feels important just lacks an important defining foe. And considering this is the start of the Legacy era for Marvel, a great villain to look forward to is definitely needed.

Final Thoughts: A great start to a new era and something that has been a long time coming since the start of Champions. Ever since Ms. Marvel, Nova, and Spider-Man (Miles Morales) left the Avengers and started their new team. And this didn’t disappoint as the older generation and younger are on display perfectly in attitude and tone. It’s a good issue to start with that leads into Champions and since written by Waid as well should be another good lead in for the series of new readers. This is just good quality super hero fun and gives a solid story on a classic tale of the veterans meeting the newbies. I think this should easily appeal to new readers and older fans as well.

Rating: 9/10

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