Somewhere in the outer reaches of space, Silver Surfer, Terrax, and Firelord - the three most prominent former heralds of Galactus - convene to discuss the current situation with the new Starbrand.
Meanwhile, aboard the downed ship the Avengers came to the wreckage of the Shi'ar prison galaxy in, Thor - infected by the Brood and quickly losing his humanity - finally succumbs to his conversion and attacks Captain America! But Cap isn't without options...
With Thor at least temporarily in check, the Avengers are able to free their ship and resume their search for the new Starbrand. But they aren't alone...
Elsewhere, Ghost Rider, Black Widow and Blade - separated from the rest of the team - are dealing with problems of their own! Silver Surfer is on the attack - but Robbie Reyes has a few tricks up his sleeve!
There’s a lot of things happening in Avengers #28, and a lot of fan service to go along with them. With Thor in full-on Brood mode, Captain America gets a chance to wield Mjolnir. Ghost Rider snags a ride on Silver Surfer’s board (at least temporarily). Three of Galactus’ most famous heralds form a glee club. Lots of fun little story beats meant to get readers excited, but ultimately fall flat due to one thing and one thing only:
The art in this issue is arguably the worst of Ed McGuinness’ career.
Everything is so rushed, so detail-free, so devoid of anything resembling the artist’s usual care for his craft, it almost looks like Marvel brought in a look-alike artist instead of hiring the real deal. I’m not sure what in tarnation happened here – maybe McGuinness was up against a tight deadline? – but the end result saps the story of any sense of urgency or danger. Interestingly, though… it does go very well with the story. So there’s that.
Jason Aaron’s story, though, does have a lot of strong elements going for it. Thor’s battle for control against his Brood infection is fun, if over-simplified (fans of Chris Claremont’s original Brood Saga in Uncanny X-Men will almost certainly feel slighted). Cap slugging Brood-Thor with Mjolnir is a fun moment. Ghost Rider stealing Silver Surfer’s board… you get the idea. But where, among all these moments, is the plot? There isn’t much of one, really – it’s just a load of scenes strung together to help move the overall story forward. And in that, Aaron succeeds – but this isn’t going to be anyone’s idea of a good jumping-on point. The issue as a whole is bogged down with middle chapter syndrome. Neither a beginning nor and ending – just a means of getting from Point A to Point B. Almost the definition of filler… but, like a good filling dessert, you enjoy it even though you know it’s not good for you.
Hampered by weak art, Avengers #28 provides a lot of fan service thrills but is ultimately a filler issue to get from one story chapter to the next. It isn't terrible or unreadable, but almost certainly will be forgotten soon after reading.
Avengers #28: Oh Crap, Thor’s a Brood Now
Writing - 5/105/10
Storyline - 4/104/10
Art - 3/103/10
Color - 6/106/10
Cover Art - 6/106/10
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