August 19, 2013 - Unexpected foes
Avengers wins handily.
And I really liked the way the comic shifted its own perspective about halfway through. Amazing to tell a story from one character - and then almost seamlessly - shift it from a 'second person' perspective back to our hero, Turok. The shift made it effective. Not that the telling it entirely from Turok perspective would have been better - just that the shift enabled the storytelling first from a narration - and then from the heart of the action and back again.
The story was okay, though. Certainly nowhere near as good as the last one. The disguised dinos seemed hokey, but these android people attacking Turok were downright silly. I also didn't envy the challenger picking the thing - that seemed crazy to have all of that setup. And, frankly, why wouldn't the loser just challenge BACK again? But reading the comic was good. Fun, just unmemorable. It's too bad. The last one had me.
Betrayed by JARVIS?
Okay. We are getting into some of the best tales in all of the Avengeres comics right before your eyes in the flickering screen of a device. THIS is where the history develops. And it's a rollicking one. Great to see Jarvis as a part of the action, here. He's an intergral fellow - and I loved reading the old Avengers 298 with his 'solo' story in it. But this one - betraying the Avengers (we know...) to get inside the Masters of Evil. Bonus points in the story for Black Knight appearing - and making the decision to jump across the line and join the team - or at least to try and warn them.
The comic also features the first appearance of Ultron - in a cameo sense, certainly. He doesn't even get a name here. And then pinning it back on Jarvis at the end was an interesting way to put this bad boy to bed. Cool issue. ICONIC.
Forgot the whole Masters of Evil rebuilding, too! These are a great selection of characters to bring back into the fold of characters in the comic. Nice variety - and I also liked the fact that each battle seemed to last a different length - with each character defeating his or her foe at a different rate. Great book.