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emerick man

Subj: Avengers Academy #36...
Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 at 02:37:59 pm EDT (Viewed 22 times)

Avengers Academy #36

Wanted to start the week with the guaranteed great read that has been this run. Unfortunately this issue slipped up some.

Not crazy about (the ramifications) of every powerful magic item having a sentience embedded in them. And if not every one then it was too odd that coinicdentally the 2 artifacts of White Tiger and Reptil both had a (soon to be?) Handbook entity powering, if not imbued in, their gems. It doesn't necessarily feel... wrong, it just feels unnecessary especially if that will be the case if creative teams decide to empower established (all) magic trinkets by a life force. Most known mystic items should be known by now if they are simply magically-charged objects or more artifact in nature (by either precident or the likes of Dr.Strange's Eye of Agamotto - which was established to be an extension of Agamotto early on). It seems clear that, say, the Malice gem has a life tied to it - where is she/it by the way? But is it clear, say, that the Moonstone gem may arbitrarily have a powerful being added to the established Lifestone's origins as a story device? Even the nature of the heart-shaped HERB of the Panther God seems to have been recently retconned as a speed dial to the deity. This element of the story was a bit of a turn off - at lest today. Not to mention that the Tiger and the Hag seemed a bit too simultaneously fickle and lax with handing out their tokens.

Also a bit bothersome was the redundant "RUN OVER" zinger so soon after the clever "ROADKILL" similar wordplay.

Also repetitive was 'the kiss'. It was a great scene but they JUST DID the same creative moment the issue before. Something different might have been uniquely inspiring. Not to say that Mettle was well spoken in the moment.

Disappointing that Coat of Arms seems much more evil than the mini had her - just like The Hood became less appealing after his mini. Fine, on the one hand she gives an plausible excuse for that. On the other, it's because of that bargaining with beings in unrevealed artifact(s) she keeps in her pockets. (Didn't realize she had a Slapstick thing going on there.)

Julie was unappealing with her mix of bravery and revulsion. And X-23 was unconvincing with her sustained consciousness followed by the instanteous cure.

But other than all that, this penultimate chapter was was -the same as Alchemist's security precautions- just good not great.

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