REVIEW: Avengers #10 – Landmark 700th Issue

AVENGERS #10 / Writer: Jason Aaron / Artists: David Marquez, Ed McGuinness, Frazer Irving, Adam Kubert, Andrea Sorrentino, Justin Ponsor, Eric Arciniega, Matthew Wilson, Giada Marchisio / Letterer: Cory Petit / Marvel Comics / November 11th, 2018

In this landmark 700th issue, Jason Aaron raises the stakes even higher to deliver his continuing epic with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. In this issue we see our heroes stretched thin as Namor’s Defenders of the Deep keep on causing trouble while new players join the game. The tension and action are raised tenfold as nations start arming themselves with super-teams in response to the Avengers electing T’Challa as their chairman.

Aaron also takes time in exploring the 1 000 000 BC Avengers and their link to the growing threat that Earth is about to face. Loki is being tortured for his crimes by the Celestials as we get more answers as to what his plan was, but the god of mischief is saved by a surprise player in this cosmic war that is brewing. Finally, we meet the Earth’s Mightiest newest member, but he might not be in a state to join us just yet. If you want to discover all the big surprises Aaron has in store go buy Avengers #10; I promise you it’s worth it.

Jason Aaron proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that his big plans for the Avengers are leading somewhere epic. The story is leading towards a global conflict where the Avengers will have to fight off many threats in order to protect the world from political players and cosmic dangers alike. The thing I really like about this double-sized issue is that each page was used to push the story forward. He’s truly pitting the Avengers at the center of this universe and this issue is the catalyst to that.

Previously, you had the feeling there was an attempt at making Avengers the book that influences the rest of the universe, but this issue confirms that fact. Jason Aaron is teeing up the Marvel Universe to be subject to major changes and Avengers will be the central piece in this endeavor.

The development of the story is well-paced. It introduces a ton of plot elements and uses action as a backdrop which makes for an effective use of time. The double-size allows Aaron a lot of breathing room to space out all these elements which come and tie the story he started telling in Marvel Legacy #1 with Avengers. At no point I felt like the issue was acting as an “info dump” because nothing was ever glossed over; every plot point was allowed a good amount of time to be explored before moving on to the next one. This gave us a loaded issue which opens the door of possibilities wide-open for what is to come with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

The book gives us a great mixture of the classic family atmosphere that makes the Avengers unique while giving great action and story development; there is something to enjoy for everyone in this issue. Unfortunately, there’s no way to dive into these deep plot points without spoiling the many “oh sh*t” moments I had this issue and I feel everyone should be allowed to have while reading. That being said, go read this issue, now!

In terms of art, this book contains a gauntlet of talent that is impressive. Each style is used in the best possible way and the strengths are exploited to give off an amazing flow that brings out the best of each sequence. David Marquez starts off the book and keeps providing the same quality of work I’ve been praising for the past two issues. The very heroic feel that is present within regular interaction is breathtaking every time. His calmer style also works amazingly to contrast the action sequence that follows it; he brings a sober tone which marries itself perfectly to these sequences that are related to the family aspects of the Avengers.

Ed McGuinness brings his bombastic comic book feel to the table in what is a dynamic action sequence. His expert paneling makes the fight come to life which creates an unequaled immersive experience. Frazer Irving’s unique style might not be for everyone, but it works perfectly for the more mystical sequence he draws. Following McGuiness’ style, it does come as a distinct break, but it acts as this clear scene changer which announces that both sequences are unrelated. He uses tremendous flexibility to perfectly sell this scene.

Adam Kubert takes the cosmic sequence of this issue and works with it beautifully to provide this false sense of security. Starting off with a more tamed sequence making us feel this is going to be a simple Loki moment to see where he lands with the Celestials. Kubert turns this around to showcase the epic scales of what is to come in this story announcing it through expert artistic skills. Finally, Andrea Sorrentino draws a short sequence announcing the newest member of the Avengers. Her rough style and use of deep shadows allow to hold the mystery as long as possible and sell the uniqueness of the situation amazingly.

The work of the many color artist: Justin Ponsor, Eric Arciniega, Matthew Wilson, Giada Marchisio, should also be highlighted. In their respective areas, they brought to life the pencil artists through a wide range of color. Cory Petit did an astounding job on lettering having a huge issue to work on. He adapted his text to the art superbly especially in the space sequence when certain panels were moving around. It helped sell the movement Kubert wanted to highlight. 

This comic book is a great experience for any Marvel fan and makes this run worth it. It offers great plotting and expert art to give off an epic that announces itself as the centerpiece to the future of the Marvel Universe. Aaron is planning big things and Avengers #700 is where it all begins. This is the kind of work that would make Stan Lee proud.

Verdict: 4.7 out of 5 Zombie Sharks

In the loving memory of Stan Lee whose passing leaves us empty on this New Comic Book Day. May he rest in peace. Excelsior.

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Vincent is Canadian and a raving Cyclops apologist and a lover of all things geek Marvel and Star Wars are his specialty. He is well versed in DC, Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings. He's always wanted to be a writer and Do You Even Comic Book? is his first foray into that adventure.

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