Monday, June 5, 2017

U.S. Avengers #1 Review

"U.S. Avengers" #1 from Marvel Comics -

    Roberto Da Costa, AKA Sunspot, is many things - mutant, hero, philanthropist - but most of all, he is a patriot. He used his wealth to turn A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics) into a mighty science-based force for good, and now he is about to go even further: as the shadow of the threat of The Secret Empire soars toward the Californian coast, Da Costa calls up his newest team of fellow patriots to stand against the looming threat. Squirrel Girl, Cannonball, Enigma, and the all-new Iron Patriot and Red Hulk are joining forces under Da Costa (Codename: Citizen V) to meet the Secret Empire's helicarrier head-on before it reaches American shores. Will Roberto's rag-tag bunch of true believers be enough to stop the impending doom barreling down on California at breakneck speed, or will the American Dream become a nightmare? And who is the new Captain America getting all up in Da Costa's Kool-Aid? The U.S. Avengers are...ASSEMBLED!

    Al Ewing pens this IMMENSELY fun, action-packed first issue of "U.S. Avengers!" Ewing's writing is on-point. His dialogue is fun, and often times quite inspiringly patriotic without seeming cheesy, nor jingoistic. With Ewing, Roberto Da Costa takes a Captain-America-like turn of character, and it is awesome. If this weren't enough, Ewing managed to masterfully squeeze in several characters' backstories while moving the actual main story forward at a perfect pace. And these U.S. Avengers are diverse - different backgrounds, different nations of origin - all coming together to fight for America. Diverse people working together is part of what makes America great, and it definitely is part of what makes the U.S. Avengers magnificent.

   And don't let ANYONE sell you snake-oil, and tell you differently.

    "U.S. Avengers" #1 is fast-paced, slick and populated by likable characters with whom I really want to journey - I mean, I even kinda liked Squirrel Girl (bleargh - I think I threw up in my mouth a little bit). These Avengers talk like superheroes used to, and I love it. Add in Paco Medina's superb pencils and slick paneling choices with Jesus Aburtov's well-done colors, and you've got a comic that looks and reads wonderfully. "U.S. Avengers" #1 is just hella fun.

RATING: 10 out of 10. Marvel. You REALLY got this one right.

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