COMICS REVIEW: "Avengers: Edge of Infinity #1"

One small misstep for Marvel, one giant leap for comic kind.

Normally, I’d start by discussing the story and then work my way over to the art. However, seeing as how I feel that the art is the best part of this book, I'll be starting with that.

As I have just stated, the art is the standout aspect of this book. It is simultaneously crisp and highly detailed. All of the characters are extremely well-detailed. Line work is fantastic.

Panel to panel everything flows quite well. The action is clear and easy to understand. The faces are consistent in addition to having great expressions. I particularly enjoyed its use of color. The book gives off an early 2000’s feel with its color style. It’s a style that I find to be nostalgic, as the early 2000’s were when I was most active in consuming comics.

Sadly, the writing is not up to the same standards as the art. Dialogue is generic and clunky. They call out their attacks like they are in a Saturday morning cartoon. I realize that such a thing is for informing new readers, but it can be done so much better. As it is, they repeat such phrases as "widow’s sting”, “repulsers”, and other miscellaneous things. They all stand out like a sore thumb. Heck, most of the these are even lettered in bold for good measure.

If there is one redeeming aspect of the story, that would be the focus on teamwork, which one would think is stranding in a “team” book. Not gonna spoil it, but towards the end there is an incident that requires each Avenger to use their individual skills for the greater team to accomplish their task. I found the way they utilized each member to be quite creative. Perhaps things will get better as the issue come and go. Time will only tell.

Overall, I can’t say I enjoyed my time reading this book. It felt rather generic. It’s not bad by any stretch of the imagination. Just, not good. The art is well above average and in some cases simply stellar. If you are a fan of comics, the characters, or just Marvel in general you are sure to enjoy the book. Seeing as how this is a first issue, some allowances need to be given. I hope that future issues will display better storytelling. Honestly, I don’t see why it won’t. The best is still yet to come.

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