April 17, 2013 - Comes crashing down.
I understand what the cover is trying to do.
And I also understand the importance of these comics coming to a close here. It's tough to wrap up on something that either you worked hard - or were forced to work hard. But really? This is the place where he loses it?
The comic is just trying WAY too hard. Slow down - and remember those things that the comic USED to do well. Instead of blending the characters, flashback to those memories - and use them as a way to build into the story. All of this jumping, running, and sweating? Geez. It's the Eternal Warrior. He's gonna be okay here. But the reveal of Clay at the end - in the face of the nastiness. Was welcome.
From whence you came!
One of the biggest weaknesses of the early Silver Age were the continuing stories bound by the level of science fiction within the stories. It's from another era, and the two don't clash well together. While it's convenient - and well within allegory - to suggest some connection to space creatures, it really doesn't work.
The same could work in this tale. It's not a train wreck, I mean it could have been downright terrible - and it's only kinda bad. Too many aliens, alien connection, disguised intruders and the like.
But I did like when Hawkeye posed the question with the arrow posed. It really cut a line between some of the idealistic Avengers and a realistic one (and reminder that he is a former villain, too!)