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Avengers #67

Posted: Monday, June 2, 2003
By: Josh Stone

ďRed Zone Pt. 3: UnclassifiedĒ

Writer: Geoff Johns
Artists: Olivier Coipel (p), Andy Lanning (i)

Publisher: Marvel Comics

The Avengers have just discovered that the United States created the virus that has just been released. Meanwhile Tony Stark, who is in one of his labs (Iím guessing he has more then one lab) has just received information from both Black Panther and Ant-Man regarding the virus, and he and his team of scientist are trying to find a cure. As they soon find out, there is no cure for the virus that was originally created to kill any human who isnít of white skin color. Soon thereafter the United States government bursts into Starkís lab and arrests Stark and Black Panther, and to make matters worst, She-Hulk and the other Avengers were attacked by the terrorist group responsible for unleashing the virus. Though, the terrorists pretty much killed themselves, they did manage to seriously injure She-Hulk.

Itís been a long, long time since Iíve read an Avengers book, and just a few months ago I started up again. I saw that Johns was writing a new arc for the title, and decided that Iíd give it a try. At the time I just starting reading The Flash again and was really enjoying Johns work on that title. Iím really glad I did pick up the Avengers, the story thus far has been phenomenal. This has to be one of my favorite arcs going on right now. Itís got everything a good story should have, and then some.

Johns is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers, and Iím looking forward to his future projects. Like I said, itís been awhile since Iíve read an Avenger book, but now Iím hooked. Hopefully, when Johns leaves the title, the new writer will be just as good. I mean, I just got into the book, I donít want to have to drop it so soon. Back to Johns, his current arc is just great, itís stories like this that make me want to be a writer. Iíve never written a story involving a team, but I imagine it is very difficult, yet Johns makes it appear as though itís the easiest thing in the world. I think heís just trying to gloat, and I canít say I blame him.

Iíve never heard of Olivier Coipel before Avengers, and since Iím a hack, I havenít looked up anything about him yet. However, that doesnít mean I donít think heís good, on the contrary, I think his art is top-notch. His story-telling is very clear, and the characterís emotions are well illustrated. There are a lot of artist who seem to have a hard time conveying emotions and clearly showing what is happening in each panel, and isnít that the whole purpose of story-telling art? So, when an artist like Coipel comes along I get really excited, because no matter how good a story is, itís wasted if you canít tell whatís going on with the art. Before I forget, I donít know anything about the character Jack Of Hearts, but is it just me or does he look a lot like Gambit? The name even sounds like something Gambit would say. Sorry, just had to get that out.

Final Word:
The Avengers are ďEarthís Mightiest Heroes,Ē do you really need another reason to read this book? With a catch phrase like that, itís bound to be worth the couple bucks. Not every title can go around saying theyíre the mightiest, but the Avengers can, and if you donít believe them then read the book to see for yourself. The title is really good, and worth checking out, I say that like you donít already know that.

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