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Marvel Adventures Avengers #34

Posted: Saturday, March 21, 2009
By: Ray Tate

Paul Tobin
Matteo Loli, Christian Vecchia (i), Sotocolor (c)
Marvel Comics
"Sgt. Fury and the Howling Commandos"

Wow! I'm nuts about good time travel stories, and I'm nuts about Tigra. It's as if Paul Tobin and Matteo Loli wrote and drew this issue of Marvel Adventures Avengers especially for me.

The Avengers meet Sgt. Fury and the Howling Commandos on the first page, and Tobin proceeds to explain how this encounter took place. The narrative twists and turns like an eddy in the time stream. Various unusual events take place as the Avengers and the Howling Commandos decipher the mystery, and each one makes sense as the tale unfolds. For instance, how does a Wooly Mammoth play a part in the tale?

In addition to the integral moments of temporal displacement, Tobin takes advantage of the ever changing shifts of environment to bring about some fun sight gags that slip the Avengers into historical settings. Their interactions with a certain President and painter are my favorites. Loli, Vecchia and Sotocolor in these gags do justice to their subjects, and it's this care to the characters, making them not the butt of jokes but genuinely humorous combined with the accuracy in the historical figures that gives the moments their visual charm.

Tobin places Tigra on the roster for this adventure for a good reason, and she in addition serves as the double-act partner to Spidey's snappy patter. She cracks jokes of her own. She works out strategies, and she just looks fantastic thanks to Matteo Loli, Christian Vecchia and Sotocolor.

Tigra fans cannot pass up this issue of Marvel Adventures Avengers. Those simply interested in a good stand alone adventure involving recognizable heroes dealing with the ramifications of time travel will enjoy it as well.



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