Avengers Academy #22

A comic review article by: Ray Tate

Jocasta's out of action, though perhaps not dead. Hank Pym detects an unusual electromagnetic energy trace emanating from her carapace. So, he calls in an expert. Hint, he's on the cover. Without a doubt this issue of Avengers Academy is stronger than the last, but the majority of the tale is for X-Men and/or Quicksilver fans.

The artwork is once again the best part of Avengers Academy. Sean Chen and Scott Hanna bestow the illusion of speed to Quicksilver, perhaps better than any other artists. We see Pietro's typical velocitous effects but also a display of athleticism combined with intense hustle in a solo tennis game.

Anyone for Tennis?

Jeromy Cox swathes tawny shades over a sinewy, gorgeous Tigra sculpted by Chen and Hanna. Also, Cox contributes a kaleidoscope of courtside colors for costumed Cadets. 

The Game's Afoot

That said, the artists must have received a garbled memo about Hawkeye. He should look like this:

Instead, Hawkeye looks like this:

That said, writer Christos Gage generates some amusement with Hawkeye not trusting Magneto, good for him, and believing everybody will soon be under Emma Frost's thrall. Gage also spices the proceedings with a hilarious partially one-sided bond between Emma Frost and Tigra.

Even Emma Loves Tigra

Gage's plotting, which deals little with the "mystery," is technically good, but I don't follow the X-Men titles, nor do I peruse the other Avengers books. I'm aware of the Big Stupid Events mentioned, but obviously I was never invested in them. 

All the continuity spoken between Magneto and son are just words to me. Marvel Zombies may feel different. The conflict just may mean more. For me, Magneto's just a reformed loony with a bucket on his head, and Pietro's always been mercurial, prejudicial and difficult to like. Who do I root for?


Ray Tate's first online work appeared in 1994 for Knotted. He has had a short story, "Spider Without a Web," published in 1995 for the magazine evernight and earned a degree in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh. Since 1995, Ray self-published The Pick of the Brown Bag on various usenet groups, where he reviewed comic books, Doctor Who novels, movies and occasionally music. Circa 2000, he contributed his reviews to Silver Bullet Comic Books (later Comics Bulletin) and became its senior reviewer. Ray Tate would like to think that he's young at heart. Of course, we all know better.

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