September 4, 2013 - Surprised it took this long.
I lean to the Avengers - but not by much.
The comic is uneven.
It does a pretty good job really hiding a connection from the 'villain' to Aram right up until the end of the comic. Perhaps instead of hiding behind the truth of only twice, she could have said something more ambiguous, or even said only once - throwing his brother under the bus.
The relationship between Aram and his former lover - especially over the lost child - is a powerful one. Even before the comic was really finding its niche around that story, I felt myself connecting with her as a character - and I don't often feel much of anything for most female characters in comics.
The rest of the comic is very uneven. I think this suffers from adding so many characters throughout the book, and focusing on sideline characters instead of the focal ones. Give me Archer, Armstrong, Timewalker, and Eternal Warrior. Make the otehr characters outside of the scope - and don't tell the stories from that perspective!
A tale of the Golden Ages
A quick re-telling of the Captain's origin - and specifically surrounding Bucky's death is told in these pages. A little stunned that it happened in the pages of the Avengers - and not Captain America. But of course, how could he have traveled back in time without the Wasp turning the dials on the machine. I mean, who could have turned the dials lazily and then fallen asleep?
I actually believed it was some fiendish plot of some villain - and not just the fact that she was written as some pathetic girl. Yikes.
The story is a good one. Thank goodness for Rama-Tut, right? That guy has been used a THOUSAND times. Black Panther gets mad props in the issue - giving a real parallel to Cap - and then taking a step or two beyond the scope, too. Nice work, TC. But most of the story is filler - a brief intro to the Annual approaching, and to hold off the Vision until after the arrival of the annual. Not a bad one, just unnecessary.