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Imagination Centre Reviews: @Marvel Avengers, X-Men, Infinity, Battle of the Atom @JohnMcCubbin3


Here are today's Guest Reviews by John McCubbin from Imagination Centre for Marvel's; Avengers #20, Uncanny Avengers #12, Wolverine and the X-Men #36, and All-New X-Men #17. I have also added my rating after each review. If you have any questions about my rating or want to discuss anything just leave me a comment.


See the Review Rating Overview page for more information on how I rate each comic.


Avengers #20 - Avengers Universe III: The Offer


INFINITY TIE-IN - "AVENGERS UNIVERSE: III"

Unexpected overtures from the Builders.

A meeting of Ex Nihilos.

Total, unconditional surrender.

Preview



Parley


Infinity has amazes me on so many levels so far, as although it's not the best event that I've ever read, it is the best in recent years, and has the potential to even become one of the best of all time. The Avengers and New Avengers tie-ins have also been amazing, and sometimes better with the series flowing through all three series perfectly.

Plot

Having currently won a battle against the Builders the Avengers head to rescue their captured members and plan their next move.

Review

This was a brilliant issue, and yet another solid issue in this fabulous event. Jonathan Hickman has done a fantastic job of continuing from the Avengers victory in Infinity #3 as although this wasn't as exciting as that issue, it was still very dramatic setting up the next part brilliantly. The issue also had plenty of other development points throughout, as although there were some parts that I was slightly disappointed about it was still overall a very enjoyable read, and I am glad that the event has managed to keep up this consistent level of quality. I also loved how Hickman handled the dialogue in this issue as it managed to keep the story interesting, adding little bits of excitement here and there.

I was actually slightly disappointed with the artwork in this issue, as although it was overall brilliant it wan't as good as Leinil Francis Yu usually produces. Overall however Yu did do a great job, and continues to bring the perfect style for this story. The only problem that I had with his artwork was that there were quite a few imperfections in his artwork, with not quite as much detail as he usually gives. He did however once again produce some amazing layouts, that were very dramatic, adding a lot of depth to the issue. Yu also once again did a great job of adding excitement, as although once again there wasn't much action, there were still some sequences that were quite intense, having plenty of emotion to them.

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My Rating


Cover & Solicit - 3
Art, Colors & Inking - 4
Layout & Flow - 4
Story - 4
Verdict - 3.9 (8/10) - 
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Uncanny Avengers #12


The dark origin of the Apocalypse Twins!

Kang's true motives revealed.

A secret of pact between Ahab and The Red Skull that will bring horror to all mutants.

Bring on the bad guys!

Preview



Will the Scarlet Witch Join the Apocalypse Twins?


This has been an amazing series, and although it has been ever so slightly inconsistent over recent issues it has still been amazing, building up to something spectacular, with Rick Remender continuing the amazing saga he started in his Uncanny X-Force series brilliantly.

Plot

Scarlet Witch has seen what is to come if they don't act now, and tries to convince Wonder Man to help her and the Apocalypse Twins, Uriel and Eimin save mutants from a future hell.

Review

This was yet another very good issue, and although the series has struggled ever so slightly since the big revelation in issue 9, it continues to be very interesting and at times exciting, and Rick Remender shows that he knows what he's doing. At the same time this issue still didn't give much major development, as although there were some interesting developments they didn't have much affect till later on in the issue. Also the story is ever so slightly slow, and hasn't felt like a proper team book since the revelation. In saying that Remender has done a great job of showing the emotions of the characters, and how their decisions are far from easy, with the tone throughout being brilliant, adding a lot of depth.

The artwork on this issue was also very good, and Salvador Larroca did a fantastic job. Now I was slightly disappointed that Daniel Acuña wasn't working on this issue, but who better to take over for one issue than Larroca. The detail in Larroca's artwork was as usual amazing, with the characters facial reactions and emotions being brilliantly handled throughout, adding a lot of depth and tone to the issue. I also really liked Larroca's layouts as although the backgrounds were slightly plain at times it really helped the story to flow smoothly, also adding more depth to the story as well. There were however a couple of moments that I felt looked slightly awkward, but overall Larroca's artwork was simply amazing.

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My Rating



Cover & Solicit - 3
Art, Colors & Inking - 3
Layout & Flow - 4
Story - 4

Verdict - 3.6 (7/10) - (Buy Uncanny Avengers #12) SAVE 10%


Wolverine & the X-Men #36 - Battle of the Atom Chapter 5


BATTLE OF THE ATOM PART 5!

The end of the first month ends with a huge twist! NO SPOILERS!

The fate of the All-New X-Men is decided here!

Preview




Psychic Battle


I have really been enjoying Battle of the Atom so far, as although it has dropped slightly over the last few issues it has still been a very good story, being both exciting and interesting. This series has also been good as of late as although it has been very inconsistent over the thirty five issues prior to this, it is certainly starting to get better again.

Plot

As the future Jean Grey psychically battles her younger self, Emma Frost and the Stepford Cuckoos the other X-Men battle between each other over whether the younger X-Men should stay or go back to their own time.

Review

This was a very good issue, and although it isn't one of the better issues in this storyline so far it was still a brilliant issue, being slightly better than the last instalment. Jason Aaron does a good job of continuing the story in this issue, but for the most of the issue it felt slightly laggy as although it was very exciting and dramatic it didn't seem like a lot was going to happen for most of this issue. I also didn't really feel the Wolverine and the X-Men vibe in this issue as all the other issues managed to both follow the story whilst keep the same feel, and although we got to see Broo in this issue, it still didn't feel much like an WATX issue. It did however have brilliant suspense and a bit of mystery, and overall it was a very good issue.

The art in this issue was overall very good and Giuseppe Camuncoli did an amazing job. I was actually slightly dreading how his artwork would be, as although I've enjoyed it on Spider-Man and Batman stories in the past I've never been the biggest fan of his X-Men artwork. The detail in his artwork was simply brilliant, with it being very consistent throughout. I also really enjoyed the layout of Camuncoli's artwork, though I did feel that the backgrounds were a bit plain at times. The other thing that bugged me about the art (which is something that usually annoys me about Camuncoli's art) was the facial expressions which looked a bit awkward at times, as although it suited Wolverine, it didn't suit the other characters.

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My Rating


Cover & Solicit - 4
Art, Colors & Inking - 3
Layout & Flow - 5
Story - 5
Verdict - 4.3
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All-New X-Men #17 - Battle of the Atom Chapter 6


X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM, PART 6!

Magik and Young Beast have a special mission!

The X-Men and Future X-Men have Jean Grey and Cyclops and are going to send them back in time with the rest of the Original X-Men.

But who is opposing them and why?

Preview




Would the Real Future X-Men Please Stand Up?


I have been very excited about Battle of the Atom throughout the crossover so far, as although it has not had a great deal of progression over the first half, it showed plenty of promise at the end of the last instalment, renewing my excitement and having my hopes raised for the second half of this crossover.

Plot

Magik has taken the younger Beast and Iceman to the future to confront the real future X-Men. Also it is revealed the events that have caused the other future X-Men to come to the present.

Review

This was a brilliant issue and the series has finally returned to the high quality that it started with. Brian Michael Bendis managed to bring some life back to this crossover, as although it has been good throughout, it has been a little slow since part three, whereas now Bendis has turned it back into the exciting and entertaining crossover that it promised to be in the first two parts. The issue was also very dramatic, having some very mysterious moments that kept the story interesting. The dialogue throughout the issue was also very perfectly, being very dynamic and entertaining, having a brilliant tone throughout, and if it's this exciting for the rest of the crossover it could become something phenomenal.

The artwork on this issue was also fantastic, and Stuart Immonen did a fantastic job. The detail of his art was simply amazing, as although some minor imperfections, it was relatively consistent throughout. The layout of Immonen's artwork was also handled perfectly, being very dynamic and at times impactful, adding a lot of depth and drama to the issue. The character's facial expressions and emotions were also handled brilliantly, adding even more depth, as well as making the story more dramatic as well, also adding suspense at times. There would also be some rather extravagant sequences throughout this issue which Immonen handled fantastically, as they were extremely exciting and explosive.

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My Rating


Cover & Solicit - 4
Art, Colors & Inking - 5
Layout & Flow - 5
Story - 5
Verdict - 4.9 (10/10) 
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John McCubbin is a blogger at http://imaginationcentre.blogspot.co.uk/ and a comic book reviewer at Comic Vine. The use of this review has been authorized by the original author.

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