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Mighty Avengers #27

Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2009
By: Shawn Hill

Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage
Khoi Pham (p), Allan Martinez (i)
Marvel Comics
Editor's Note: Mighty Avengers #27 arrives in stores tomorrow, July 15.

"The Unspoken: Part one"

Plot: We find out what USAgent and Quicksilver have been up to in China, while the new status quo for the Mighty Avengers is mind-blowing.

Comments: Be careful what you wish for. I've got just what I've always wanted: the Inhumans are all over Marvel since the Skrull Invasion. Horribly infiltrated on the moon like the earth below, the Inhumans dealt a decisive blow back at their invaders. Or, more accurately, the Royal Family did, and now they've taken their righteous cause to space, leading the Kree Empire that used to subjugate them, and getting into conflicts with the Shi'ar and other space powers.

The imperiled community of refugees, too fragile and too alien to be safe in the larger world that debuted decades ago in The Fantastic Four, are no more; these siblings and cousins are hawks, not doves, and we learn this issue that they began their dominating reign as children. Shortly after being exposed to terrigenesis (which worked out pretty well for most of the Royal Family, lucky them), they deposed a leader we never knew they had. And apparently for the crime of protecting his people rather than encouraging them to go warmongering and starting their empire early. A lot will hinge on who was right in this policy issue regarding a deadly Kree weapon.

While I'm happy to see Medusa, Crystal, Black Bolt, et al featured so heavily, the tone taken with them since Civil War has been one of antagonism and alienation, with almost everyone else in the universe. So when the Unspoken King (the newly introduced foe who was banished but not killed) makes his return, he too will have a righteous cause.

Not sure what's so great about him, as his ability to create instant terrigenesis isn't showcased much, especially as his powers fail him just when he needs them most against his teenage usurpers (who are drawn to rather comical effect by Pham). Our sense of his uniqueness rests on two factors: he's nice to the Alpha Primitives, and Quicksilver fears him. We're going to need more than that.

Back in the new Avengers Infinite Mansion, science whiz Pym has dreamed up a sort of Tardis-like homebase that could be full of surprises, though they don't all come off clearly in this issue. It's a neat idea that will hinge on how the team uses it, but with the humor of the last few issues nearly gone, and the subplots from those issues also on hold (will the team ever learn their Wanda is really Loki?), the exciting pace of Slott's characterization slows somewhat. While I'm not against the Inhumans playing a role in this title, I'd prefer it be more than a hatchet job on their reputations.







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