Renato Guedes does a superb job with the more intimate scenarios this issue offers up. The scene where Viper taunts and caresses Cap hits the perfect note of being sensual and unnerving. It is to his credit that he properly makes Viper appear her age and does not give her the standard comic book female face of a cover girl model. With such grounded visuals and excellent sense of character behavior, this issue looks top-notch where it counts. Read Full Review
The arc is still what I've been looking for as far as the Avengers facing a worthy foe, but I never thought I'd ever see the Avengers' public image get tarnished so easily and so completely that their real foe is the American people and not a madman threatening lives or the safety of those same people. To top that off, to have the President actually willing to “try to make it work” is flat out unacceptable. Read Full Review
Bendis' story is really filler. Why? All that is achieved is the government's decision in this issue how to respond to Osborn. The Avengers are simply an after thought to get us through to the end. While it does set up the next step in the series it comes at a dear price of slowing down the pace, which at this junture ought to be picking up. Read Full Review
Despite the inter-Avengers Norman Osborn crossover humming along nicely both here and in "New Avengers," "Avengers" #22 is a definite step backwards quality-wise. With the Avengers captured, the story is in a holding pattern until the escape or prison break from Osborn and H.A.M.M.E.R. It would be unearned and bad storytelling if the heroes were captured then immediately escaped, defeating their captors. It makes this issue necessary for pacing purposes -- but not much else. Read Full Review
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