"The Big Payoff"
This was stupid. I am, like Paul Tobin, beginning to receive my tax forms in the mail, but basing a story on it--that's just stupid.
The IRS comes a calling on the Avengers. While most of the Avengers pay their taxes on time and their fair share, others like Wolverine do not. For some reason, Spider-Man is also on the IRS watch list. The solution is simple. Become defacto Treasury Agents and shake down some delinquent tax evaders.
First, I feel it important to remind Mr. Tobin that Wolverine is Canadian. He wouldn't pay American taxes. He's a "foreign national" who would pay Canadian taxes. Second, Spidey would pay his taxes as Peter Parker. He wouldn't pay them twice. Third, this is such a stupid story.
If not for Matteo Lolli and Christian Vecchia as well as a few scenes, this issue of Marvel Adventures: Avengers would have been an utter waste. Lolli and Vecchia animate Giant Girl in numerous scenarios that utilize her powers very wisely. She accomplishes a quick rescue, winks at Power Man who suddenly realizes what trouble he bought by making an embarrassing comment about his mother, peeks into a window thereby defusing a potentially damaging situation, steps on an old Avengers foe, peers down at the foe under foot and suffers an indignity that leaves her hopping. Sotocolor, unfortunately, makes the Hulk a lighter shade of green than I'm used to seeing, but Lolli's Hulk is a bemused giant, lovable and hilarious. Each character moves like they're in their own personal visual narrative.
Apart from the art, there's certainly some hilarity in Tobin's dialogue for Iron Man: "No one's above the law. Not you! Not me! Not even the President!" My, oh, my, this Iron Man is the antithesis of the Iron Douche from continuity. The conversation between Spidey and a monster is well reasoned and comedic, and I took an amazing amount of satisfaction from the scene in which the big bad Bullseye gets taken down about a million pegs by the Hulk. In the end though, the premise to Marvel Adventures: Avengers is just stupid and suitable only for the truly faithful fans of these characters.
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