Captain America and the Mighty Avengers 2: Last Days

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2.0 Overall Score
Story: 1/10
Art: 7/10

Ok art

Not even a coherent collection of stories, feels thrown together

Comic Info

Comic Name:  Captain America and the Mighty Avengers/Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders/Avengers Assemble

Publisher:  Marvel Comics

Writer:  Al Ewing

Artist:  Luke Ross/Alan Davis/Butch Guice

# of Issues:  5

Release Date:  2015

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Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #9

Reprints Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #8-9, Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders #1-2, and Avengers Assemble #15 (July 2013-October 2015).  The world is ending and the Mighty Avengers have a choice…kill other worlds to survive or allow all of reality to fall?  When the plan goes awry and an amalgam of realities are formed on a planet called Battleworld, the Mighty Avengers find themselves transformed into the Mighty Defenders in a no-hold-bars throwdown to protect their little piece of the world.

Written by Al Ewing, Captain America and the Mighty Avengers Volume 2:  Last Days is the second and final volume of the short lived series.  Following Captain America and the Mighty Avengers Volume 1:  Open for Business, the comic features the last two issues of Captain America and the Mighty Avengers which crosses over with Secret Wars and also includes the two issue limited Secret Wars:  Warzones series Captain Britain and the Mighty Avengers in addition to an Age of Ultron crossover in Avengers Assemble #15 (July 2013).  The final two issues of the series were also contained in Secret Wars:  Last Days of the Marvel Universe.

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Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders #1

Captain America and the Mighty Avengers demonstrates a problem with the comic book industry today.  Before, comics were individually contained stories or possibly continued in a issue or two.  Later, multi-title storylines began to develop with crossovers.  Then the whole “Big Event” concept developed, and series would tie into the events (but generally were self-contained).  Writers started writing six issue arcs for trades but the trades generally told a story…here you see a trade that doesn’t tell a story and isn’t even coherent.  It feels like publishing for publishing’s sake.

Marvel always feel they need to relaunch series.  There is no history or nostalgia with comics, and comics like Captain America and the Mighty Avengers doesn’t seem to be the type of comic that a new reader would pick-up and enjoy but it also is not enjoyable for older readers who know the characters.  The two issues collected here along with the random issues from Secret Wars (which unless you read Secret Wars also make very little sense as well).  A lot of eyes were on Marvel at this point with Sam Wilson becoming Captain America…and Marvel doesn’t serve him very well.

Even with the Marvel Universe “relaunch” after Secret Wars, this series isn’t scheduled to resurface.  This is probably a good thing in that it isn’t very good.  It is unfortunate however that a book that has a lot of attention is written so poorly and a “showcase” for diversity in the Marvel Universe…the characters all deserve better along with the readers.

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