Avengers (2018-) #8
Writing - 8.8/10
Art - 10/10
Overall - 9.2/10
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: David Marquez
Colorist: Justin Ponsor
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release: September 19, 2018
The Avengers are back together and it is time to set up a new base and time to appoint a new leader
New and Old Avengers Come Together in The Avengers #8
“The Final Host” and Loki have been defeated! The team of Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, She-Hulk and Doctor Strange prevailed. Now in The Avengers #8, it is time to make the team official. New members, a new headquarters that is a dead Celestials body in the North Pole and the appointing of a new leader! It is time for the Avengers to assemble in The Avengers #8.
It has taken eight issues but it feels like Jason Aaron has caught the “voice” of his Avengers team. The Avengers #8 is more of a “walking and talking” type issue than anything else and it works great. It sets up the team, where everyone stands and where they are going from here. I think taking eight issue to get to this point has hurt Aarons overall run, but I am looking forward to seeing what he does from here.
I like his writing of all the characters. Obviously, he has been writing Thor since 2012 so he has a pretty good handle on that character. He does some fun things with him and makes Thor a great comedic relief in this issue. I am super happy to see Robbie Reyes “Ghost Rider” get the spotlight a little in this series. He has been a favorite character of mine since being introduced and it is nice to see somebody else doing something with him. I love his role as the “new recruit” and the training sequence between him and Captain America was a delight in this issue.
Aaron does a good job in The Avengers #8 of giving each character enough page time to set them up. It lets the reader get a grasp on all of their attitudes about being on the team and gets you familiar with characters you may not have read much on. Aaron also does a good job of giving each of them a unique voice which is not an easy task for an ensemble cast.
So, can David Marquez and Justin Ponsor just stay on this series forever? I loved them on the recent The Defenders series and they bring their talents to the “heavy-hitters” in The Avengers #8. I was not the biggest fan of Ed McGuinness’s art style; it didn’t feel like it fit this series tone. Marquez’s smoother, less animated style seems to fit perfectly with what Jason Aaron is going for.
I cannot gush enough about how beautiful The Avengers #8 looks. Marquez’s rendering of Captain America is near perfect, Cap’s shield has never looked better flying through the air. I am not sure how Marquez does it but each character is superbly well done. He gets little details in all of them and brings out their characteristics with extraordinary facial expressions and body posture. There is a great scene of Cap’s shield hitting Robbie Reyes in the gut. The way Robbie is thrown back, his jacket crumples is all just wonderfully laid out in one panel.
Justin Ponsor’s colors are phenomenal as well in The Avengers #8. The little metallic sheen he puts on Caps shield is a great touch. I love the little details he puts into T’Challa’s and Tony Starks suits as well. Ponsor uses a great toned down, almost flat color palette. It doesn’t seem as bright as what he was using in The Defenders series and it works extremely well in The Avengers #8.
I enjoyed The Avengers #8, it is very much a “set up” issue and there is a lot of walking and talking. So, I can see some people having some complaints story wise. For me, I like it for that aspect. It slows everything down it lets Aaron set up his Avengers team, the new headquarters and the status quo going forward. The only downside is I know how great Marquez can structure fight scenes and we don’t get to see much of that. The art team of Marquez and Ponsor is fantastic as always and I am super excited to see what they do with issue #9. The Avengers #8 also serves as a great jumping on point for new readers as well. If you haven’t been read The Avengers I highly recommend jumping on now with this issue!
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