Avengers Volume 3: Prelude to Infinity (Marvel Now) (Anglais) Relié – 5 novembre 2013
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- Épisodes 12 & 13 - Une équipe d'Avengers s'est rendue en Terre Sauvage pour s'occuper de la bombe envoyée par Ex Nihilo, bombe génétique qui a donné naissance à des créatures anthropomorphes encore enfants, dotées de la capacité de s'auto-suffire (= aucun besoin de nourriture ou de respiration). L'équipe se compose de Thor, Hyperion (Marcus), Superior Spider-Man, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Spider-Woman et Captain Universe.Lire la suite ›
Ce que j'ai toujours aimé chez Bendis, c'est cette virtuosité qu'il avait dans la simplicité. Ce que je déteste chez Hickman c'est sa complexité totalement artificielle. On imagine une grande symphonie jouer en toile de fond, un air de Wagner ou encore Carmina Burana, histoire de donner l’impression au lecteur qu’il touche au fin du fin, au sublime, quoi. C’est prétentieux au possible et tellement lourd.
Le gros "les Avengers n'ont absolument aucune chance d'empêcher l'univers de s'effondrer dans ce cataclysme cosmique à la grandeur galactique inégalée jusqu'alors" joue à plein ici. Ça ne les empêchera probablement pas de l’emporter dans la suite du récit (« Infinity » : urk ! ça promet !)
Le problème, à force d'en faire trop, c'est qu'on ne peut plus y croire, et c'est exactement ce qui arrive ici. Hickman veut faire original, à tout prix, et ça se sent. Pourtant il joue sur des cordes qu’il a déjà utilisées. Et puis quand on pense à l’enjeu final justement, « sauver l’univers », c’est l’idée la plus éculée qui soit dans le monde des super-héros.
« Bref », comme dirait les critikakouatiques de l’Atlantique, « c’est toc ».
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Jonathan Hickman continues to weave his magic and connect some of the dots that began in Avengers Volume 1 in this third volume of his work since he took the helm following the Marvel NOW! commencement.
Previously we discovered that extra-terrestrial beings were taking an interest in Planet Earth (not for the first time), but these fellas actually have a big part to play in creating worlds, and life on worlds.
After volumes 1 and 2, some of that new life is now under the protection of the Avengers. Out in the Savage Land, these alien children are taught various moral lessons by Spiderman, Thor, Hawkeye, Spiderwoman and Hyperion, but when the children are taken from them, our heroes must face the threats from the High Evolutionary whilst attempting to rescue their new charges.
Then we discover the purpose of the "Origin Bombs" that were sent to Earth in Volume 1, as signals are being sent into space that disrupts 90% of the world's electrical grids. Whilst we see the Avengers dealing with various catastrophes and threats around the world caused by these signals, A.I.M. become involved, harbouring a threat of their own, but not before that threat wipes the floor with some of the Avengers team.
S.H.I.E.L.D., S.W.O.R.D., A.I.M., the Avengers, Builders, Creators, - all are involved as the pieces start to come together as the slightly confusing storyline that began in issue 1 starts to make sense.
And once those signals are received...
Jonathan Hickman's story has been brewing slowly but has been building momentum as the chess pieces move around ready for this year's big event; INFINITY. All my favourite Avengers are contained here; with a big roster that includes some new faces that I'm beginning to like. Hickman has clearly known from issue 1 what will happen when it's all over, but he's been keeping the reader (or maybe just me) puzzled for the better part of 12 issues.
Now I'm starting to enjoy it more. I gave volumes 1 and 2, 3 stars each. I'm going up to 4 for Volume 3, mostly because he's finally given me the connection I needed in the earlier volumes, but also because there's some great scenes contained here; the moral lessons for the alien children were both funny and touching at the same time, the Avengers taking a beating, and the schemes of A.I.M. were particular highlights for me.
The artwork and colouring is spectacular throughout, with artist duties being split between Mike Deodato, Stefano Caselli, Marco Rudy and Marco Checchetto.
Volumes 1 and 2 were slow burners. Now we're picking up pace and I thoroughly look forward to what comes next...INFINITY.
Spoiler-free review: This is still an enjoyable read, but every volume has been less enjoyable since Marvel NOW! started. It becomes clear by the end of this book that this is all set up for "Infinity," the huge Marvel event of 2013.
Issue Twelve: Some kids were born in the Savage Lands due to Ex Nihilo’s origin bomb, and they are highly advanced humanoids. They don’t need to eat or breath to stay alive. Some of the Avengers try to teach them, but while that is happening, the High Evolutionary kidnaps them.
Issue Thirteen: They save the kids in this one. Hyperion is featured.
Issue Fourteen: Issue opens with mayhem around the world and every single Avenger is trying to help stop the madness. All these events are due to the changing evolution of Earth because of Ex Nihilo’s origin bombs.
Issue Fifteen: More fighting. And something is happening in space. S.W.O.R.D. detects something menacing. Captain Universe speaks in more riddles about the beginning of the end as someone big heads towards the Avengers.
Issue Sixteen: I was happy to see Starbrand and Nightmask back in the story in this issue. Nightmask tells Starbrand that they could have left their cell in the Dyson Sphere (see New Avengers vol. 1) anytime, but Kevin is still learning to be a Starbrand. He is no longer a man. Men have many limits, and Kevin now has very few.
In other news, that thing that was heading towards the Avengers completely took them out. A.I.M. is trying to get it back because they were previously in possession of it even though Ex Nihilo is to blame for its existence.
Issue Seventeen: A.I.M. caught the machine/entity and trapped it using the same strategy they trapped Hyperion with. They put it between two dead universes, inside the infinite whiteness.
This issue gets pretty good when Manifold brings back a message from Captain Universe. She has warned them of a great danger that is coming, and has instructed them that the Avengers need to get bigger. She specifically indicated that four new members needed to join the team, and Cap and the others heed her advice. By the end of this issue, not only are Starbrand and Nightmask made members of the team, but Ex Nihilo and Abyss are asked to become Avengers. They accept, and the narrator (who I believe to be Starbrand) foreshadows that these were the last great days of the Avengers before a season of death. The book then tells us that this is the end of the prelude, and because I know what big storyline happens next, I realize that all of the series thus far has been set up for "Infinity."
I agree with other reviewers that all this just seems to be build-up for the Infinity Crossover. But, three volumes of foreplay to finally get to the action is...boring. I just didn't care at all. This threat is supposed to be more dangerous than any ever faced before. But, the Avengers have faced intergalactic apocalypses before. The difference is how they overcome it but readers aren't getting that.
The best part of the volume, and the only reason I gave it two stars, is the interaction between Thor and Hyperion. Finally, we get a character's personal perspective on the crisis from a familiar hero (and not Nightmask's technobabble rambling). I have the Infinity collection which I intend to read next, and I truly hope it resolves this long, drawn-out plot so the writers can do something better with these characters. Because, honestly, The Avengers should be Marvel's flagship series and currently it sucks. Not recommended - try any of the solo hero series, or the superb Avengers Assemble, as they are all well worth reading.
Cons: This is easily the worst chapter if only because nothing really gets accomplished. There is very little in terms of actual character development.
Pros: the artwork is stunning. Caselli and Deodato provide very nice pencil work. Every now and then, Hickman even writes a funny line or two through Superior Spider-Man.
You won't regret buying this volume, but you won't feel particularly rewarded, either.