With his first arc under his belt, Dan Slott puts the team through their paces this issue by having them face and solve many problems all over the world. Parts of the issue felt like they could also happen in any issue of the Fantastic Four, but I think that’s because Hank Pym, like Reed Richards, is one of the smartest people in the Marvel Universe and knows how to handle trouble. Hank, now using his dead wife’s superhero name Wasp, is quick on his feet, even when faced with the situation of Quicksilver, one of the fastest people in the Marvel Universe, and how insistent Magneto’s son is about being a member of the team. Unfortunately, while globetrotting and saving millions of people, H.A.M.M.E.R. is literally knocking on Hank’s door, but a solution presents itself that will help the Avengers in their mission.
One item of note from this issue is that the cracks are starting to show in the Cabal’s armor. And everyone is piling on poor, ol’ Norman. And one member of the Illuminaughty is taking full advantage of that. And for those keeping score, there is an appearance by the Young Avengers and a dig at Wolverine.
As mentioned, this issue is written by Slott who has no problem working this group to the bone. The action is non-stop so if you find the quiet moments Brian Michael Bendis writes in New Avengers leaves you wanting, this is right up your alley. Rafa Sandoval and Roger Bonet Martinez – as penciler and inker, respectively – offer a smooth line, and the action and characters are clear and defined.
This is another title from Marvel where I’m going to get a kick out of following this team and see them overcome the obstacles put in their way. If you weren’t sure about The Mighty Avengers when the new direction started, give this issue a shot. Not only is it a lot of fun, but I feel you’re gonna get your money’s worth.
The Mighty Avengers “Chasing Ghosts”
Writer: Dan Slott
Penciler: Rafa Sandoval
Inker: Roger Bonet Martinez
Colors: John Rauch
Letters: Dave Lanphear
Cover: Pham and Miki
Editor: Tom Brevoort
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