WotR Damage Report: Squadron Supreme Here to Help, But ONLY In America
Avengers #18 Review
Writer: Jason Aaron
Illustrators: Ed McGuinness & Mark Morales
Colors: Justin Ponsor
Publisher: Marvel Comics
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The War of the Realms rages on in New York, so that’s where the Avengers are. The thing is, this story doesn’t really take place in New York, or even involve a single Avenger for that matter. This story revolves around Agent Coulson and the Squadron Supreme of America. Basically,this issue is explaining that Coulson has become a bit cynical and is only worried about protecting the United States from Malekith and his armies, and not so much the rest of the world. He has also brainwashed the Squadron Supreme for the sake of obedience. It doesn’t take long through the introductions of the team before you realize that this is just a play on the Justice League. Hyperion being the “Superman” character. Power Princess clearly resembling Wonder Woman, also has a manufactured romance with Hyperion for the sake of public image. There’s also Nighthawk, Doctor Spectrum and The Blur on the team as well. Their task is essentially taking down Frost Giants and protecting the United States. Meanwhile, Agent Coulson is having a dinner of zebra meat being served to him by a demonic hand. This seems to be the entity responsible for his resurrection, along with maybe another favor or two. That demonic hand belonging to none other than Mephisto,and that reveal is where our story leaves off.
Jason Aaron writing an Avengers book without any actual Avengers in the book doesn’t surprise me at this point. As a matter of fact, his last issue of “Thor” never had a panel pertaining to Thor. This may be a pattern to expect from Aaron as the War of the Realms event continues. Although I would rather see my books involve the characters in the title, I have enjoyed these off-the-rail stories. This probably could have been titled as a separate one shot tie-in, but Aaron did tease this all in issue ten so it makes sense for him to tell the story in the same title. I have lots of faith that he can make the Squadron Supreme relevant in the Marvel universe again, and based off of the direction of being more of a overpowered, but kinda self-aware and cheesy, I personally am excited to see how they interact with the rest of the heroes on the battle field as the war rages on.
Mcguinness and Morales do an awesome job all throughout. The character designs are all consistent in every panel, which makes it easy for new readers to be able to recognize and get attached. The color pallet by Justin Ponsor through most of this issue follows a pink to orange tone for the most part, so I’m assuming this is supposed to represent the fact that the sky is filled with fire and the battle has been raging on for a while at this point .I find that to be a brilliantly subtle touch. All in all, the art was flawlessly executed.
There’s not a whole lot going on other than introducing the new Squadron Supreme and revealing that Coulson has struck a deal with Mephisto, but I’m still excited to see what happens and how it all ties into the big war. I don’t find this to be a wasted issue though because it really showed how deep into the Marvel roster Aaron is going to dig to pull out characters to give a moment of lime light. I may actually be more excited for that than the actual conclusion of the story.
There’s not a whole lot going on other than introducing the new Squadron Supreme and revealing that Coulson has struck a deal with Mephisto, but I’m still excited to see what happens and how it all ties into the big war.