REVIEW: Avengers #4 By Brian Michael Bendis And John Romita Jr.

Avengers #4
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by John Romita Jr.

You know what I watched the other night? The pirates episode of South Park, Fatbeard. And throughout the issue Cartman keeps saying one phrase over and over again. Why is this relevant? Because I kept saying it over and over again while reading this book.

“Da fuck?!”

That’s all I can think of as I read this issue. What the fuck is happening? And not in the way I try to defend usually, no, this is part four of six and I still have no fucking clue what is going on and it’s only getting more confusing. I get that this is Bendis’s first real excuse to do a balls to the wall Avengers story but did he even finish writing it before they went into print? Does anybody know where this is going?

New characters, random time periods, time randomly getting worse, and you know what’s worse than any of it? Romita’s blatant rush job. Sure, the panel of Thor and Galactus looks awesome, but the giant war that Cap and Iron Man see? I couldn’t even tell you who it was against! If a character didn’t have name value they are literally a blur. Things happen and people exist quite literally just for the sake of it and it doesn’t further the story.

The entire book is a mess, and I’m done trying to defend it. Maybe the second arc will be better, I don’t know, but I’m just about checked out on this title. I shouldn’t have to read an issue twice just to realize that no, I didn’t miss anything, the book is just that vague with the plot. I like time travel stories, I do, but I can’t really find much of anything good to say about this issue.

Da fuck, Bendis? Da fuck?!


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