REVIEW: Avengers #28
Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Walt Simonson
It’s nice to see some actual character development in an Avengers book because it is mostly either just another fight book or it tries to focus on too many characters at once to where it doesn’t really accomplish much but when they do break it down it allows Bendis to do some good work.
Just like the latest issue of New Avengers made a change for the tie-in so does the other Avengers book with this one being a solo mission for the Red Hulk as he plans to take out the Phoenix Five but in particular their leader Cyclops. Apart from Captain America there is nobody that compares to Hulk’s military experience. So as he goes to plan the operation there is genuine sense that he knows what he is doing and has planned despite the variables.
There is a sense of freshness with the panel layout. There are a lot of panels where it is just showing what is happening with no dialogue included but then there are panels that are there solely to be Hulk’s internal monologue. Simonson manages to make a change with his art after the recent issues problem with making the character’s faces too goofy and off-putting.
With this one issue it makes The Hulk look like a threat to the X-Men and despite him possibly holding the only answer to stopping them the rest of the Avengers may not be so willing to co-operate. While I like the change of pace it wont surprise me that #29 will probably go back to the norm.