Posted November 19, 2011 by Earl Maghirang in Comics

COMIC BOOK REVIEW: Avengers # 19

The Flipgeeks team reviews Avengers # 19 by Brian Michael Bendis and Daniel Acuna.

Earl’s Take:

The book picks up where we left off as the recruitment drive continues for the new Avengers roster after the devastating events of Fear Itself. Captain America ponders on who will be the best picks for his team and this issue finally reveals the identity of these individuals.


- Daniel Acuna’s art is definitely stunning. The artist is definitely bringing his A-Game on the book. The facial expressions of the characters are excellent. I was actually rereading the book a few times after the initial read. I totally loved how he drew guys and gals like Storm and Daisy Johnson.

- Brian Michael Bendis. This might come as a surprise to you but there are two character moments that truly made me like this book after the mediocre output from the title. One was the class act dialogue between Hawkeye (now sporting his new costume) and Spider Woman. The other was a two-panel character driven dialogue between Luke Cage and Jessica Jones Cage.

- The plot. I’m actually split in two on this. On a positive note the book focuses on the slow building of the Norman Osborn’s new Dark Avengers team. While we don’t see any of the bad guys in the book, when he comes out its pretty obvious that Osborn will be resuming his “media war” on the heroes.

-No stupid gimiks. We don’t see the interview style storytelling from Fear Itself and they’ve also done away with the oral history of the Avengers. Finally, the comic book gods answered readers’ request.


- The whole issue was short. I felt shortchanged by Marvel because the story was really good but the problem I saw was that it was too short. Way too short.

- The problem with Avengers # 19 was the fact that it had more previews rather than content. I was appalled when I saw that it included stuff from Marvel’s crossover between Marvel and Disney (Prep and Landing) plus a couple of pages of previews for Bendis’ Castle adaptation.

Overall, the book is a good buy. Move away from the

Earl Maghirang