Avengers Assemble took a turn for the Awesome when Kelly Sue DeConnick took over the writing in the book’s second arc. After what started out as a bit of a lark to find the missing Professor Sorokin, Iron Man, Hulk, Spiderwoman and Thor were in Antarctica, investigating some mysterious deaths at an outpost when Dr. Banner drank some very bad juju. Iron Man whisked Banner away to the Helicarrier (and judging from #11’s cover, they don’t make it) as Captains America and Marvel traced what they think is the source of the threat. Outfoxed by Yun Guang Han & forced to retreat, the Captains are rejoining the other Avengers to deal with a bilious green infected Hulk. Anyway, that’s where issue 10 left me hangin’.
#11 was waiting for me on my desk when I got home tonight (my lovely wife put it there for me, ain’t she great?). Tonight’s reading has been determined!
1.26.2013 Post-Read Update with ~~~SPOILERS~~~
Well, leave it to great cover art to make me mis-remember a storyline! Hulk was already in his cage aboard the Helicarrier at the end of issue 10 of course, and Spiderwoman had been tasked with injecting him with the antibiotic.
So, on to issue 11….too much too fast! I know this title was released to coincide with the movie, and that it’s targeting a younger audience, but the team wrapped this one up way too quickly! In just a couple of pages the bacterial threat was contained, Yun Guang Han was neutralized and the Team was back in NYC for 3 pages of yukkity yuk bet settling. I thought this arc was going to spread out over a few issues of high drama! What’s the rush? This was a great story, ended too early.