Posted January 19, 2014 by Mikael Angelo Francisco in Comics

COMIC BOOK REVIEW: A globetrotting assembly in Avengers World #1

Writer: Jonathan Hickman, Nick Spencer
Artist: Stefano Caselli
Cover: John Cassaday

While I would have preferred a more geographically diverse line-up that would live up to this book’s title, I’m certainly not complaining about what we got from Jonathan Hickman and Nick Spencer.

In Avengers World #1, the Avengers team is divided into small sub-teams and sent to different parts of the world to attend to natural disasters, mysterious occurrences, and violent happenings. The series carries over most of the main Avengers book’s roster, with Captain America taking charge and Bruce Banner serving as a consultant of sorts (at least for the first issue).  Captain Marvel, Hyperion, and Thor provide relief in disaster-stricken areas of the U.S. eastern seaboard; a riot in Madripoor is quickly investigated by Black Widow, Falcon, and Wolverine (while Shang-Chi slips away to discover the root of the problem); Hawkeye, Nightmask, Spider-Woman and Starbrand are sent to Velletai, Italy to look into a few mysterious disappearances; and Cannonball, Smasher, and Sunspot tackle A.I.M. Island (and reach the island just in time for a horrible surprise).

By simultaneously dealing with different threats across the globe, Avengers World creates an air of excitement and fast-paced action while succeeding in giving each team member (particularly the less prominent ones) their own time to shine. Additionally, the shifting scenes keep the book from becoming boring and stale. The art is certainly a visual treat, and the differences between each part of the world the book features are well-defined.

I’m expecting the roster to grow in the coming months, but for now, the first issue of Avengers World seems to promise epic adventures on a global scale, and it looks like the writing and art are more than enough to give this thing legs and ensure that it’ll succeed in doing what it has set out to do.


This review was sponsored by Druid’s Keep (third floor, Fort Strip Mall, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig). Join the group on Facebook (here) and pay the shop a visit – it’s an awesome place to hang out and play games.

Mikael Angelo Francisco