Avengers World #21
Written by: Frank J. Barbiere
Art by: Marco Checchetto
Cover by: Jeff Dekal
Released: May 20, 2014
The focus on Odinson was an interesting choice because ever since losing his hammer he has been quite all over the place. All over the place as in it is hard to get a read on where he is at emotionally. Sometimes he seems okay, other times distant as we see in this issue. Though for Avengers World which is closer to present, it is easier to take this Odinson as the actual state he is in. One that is important to explore because for those who read all of Hickman’s run of Avengers, Odinson and Hyperion are both dead. Both going down in a glorious battle that Odinson could only have been motivated for through the progress of this issue which addresses his loss of motivation. It was the perfect way to put Odinson in the right mindset he needed to be in while also swiftly closing out the subplot surrounding Roberto finalizing his takeover of A.I.M.
Namor’s story continues to be one that you sympathize with. You sympathize with what he has to deal with knowing the Cabal are out of control, and there is nothing he can do against such powerhouses. Though that is not to say you forget that Namor put himself in this position. Nonetheless this is a change in the story leaning towards redemption, and that is what you want to see from Namor when we reach our end. At this point it is easy to tell how much Barbiere has favored writing Namor and it shows as this is the most genuine we have seen of his character since first starting this crusade with the Cabal across the Multiverse. We’ve gotten little by little of how things have been going wrong, and that difference between his reaction and those like Namor means everything. Just the way Blackswan mocks Namor is where you draw that line in the sand between what is right and what is just senseless violence. In all I would rate this issue a 7.2/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling.
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