So I may have called Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opeña’s Avengers #3 schlocky over at today’s Newsarama Best Shots review column.
Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opeña’s Avengers #3 is less a conclusion of a storyline and more a wrap up of a prologue as the Avengers travel to Mars to rescue their teammates and fight the aliens who bombed the Earth from that distant planet. It sounds more like a schlocky sci-fi story than the sophisticated adventure story that Hickman and Opeña are trying to produce.
Yup. There it is. ”Schlocky.” I did write that. Everything about this comic is designed to shout “HEY, TAKE A LOOK AT ME!!! I’M IMPORTANT!” But that’s my feel of so much of Hickman’s writing since The Nightly News, which looked as cool as the story should have been. So far two of the main Avengers titles, this and Uncanny Avengers, have been incredibly underwhelming. I learned my lesson after staying with the Bendis Avengers titles for so long and dropping both of these books.