The Avengers Vol. 1: The Final Host- Introducing an Interesting Idea for a Bland Story Arc

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This may be a new era for the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, but the story isn’t that memorable, Jason Aaron brings us a tale involving the Celestials, Dark Celestials, and Prehistoric Avengers? A new threat is on the rise and a new team of Avengers is needed to stop this threat; Iron Man, Thor, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Ghost Rider, and the Savage She-Hulk are ready to answer the call, but you can’t have an Avengers story without the God of Mischief Loki. What is Loki’s connection to all of this? Who is the Final Host? And what connection exists between the Dark Celestials and Odin’s Ancient Band of Prehistoric Avengers? This volume collects the first six issues of the 2018 Avengers series and material from the 2018 Free Comic Book Day story (Avengers/Captain America).

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Jason Aaron is one of the great Comic Book writers out there today, I reviewed one of his stories earlier in February, Thor, and he borrows the same edgy and out of this world storytelling that involves characters such as the Eternals, the Celestials (which he adds onto their history in the process,) and including elements from Asgard it does look great on the page but somehow along the way the story is poorly executed. But it also brings up some fascinating characters and ideas that Marvel has been known for over the years, take the Prehistoric Avengers, for example, Odin leading a group of prehistoric superheroes that introduced the idea that Earth had Superheroes from the beginning, dating back to One Million B.C. but as we move back to the current era of Avengers, we have a weird combination of Avengers: Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Panther, She-Hulk, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, and Ghost Rider (Robbie Reyes) but it is an interesting choice that we’re normally used to seeing. One of the nitpicks I have was about the way She-Hulk was written, that it’s not the Jennifer Walters fans have loved about her; I understand being a Hulk can be unpredictable (especially when you have her Cousin’s new lease on life in the Immortal Hulk,) but it just seems odd for her to be dumbed down and written off just as a brute.

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The art is handled by the team consisting of Ed McGuiness, Paco Medina, and Sara Pichelli; three artists that each have a unique art style and each brought a sense of individuality to the story that Aaron wrote, Ed McGuiness and Paco Medina’s artwork was perfect for an action-packed story like the Final Host arc, from Colorful Splash pages, right up to a fast-paced action sequence with each page. McGuiness and Medina’s sense of style is similar, McGuiness has always been known for incorporating elements from artists like Jack Kirby, Arthur Adams, and Medina’s artwork incorporates a sense of a 90s manga style, both keep a sense of tradition and a sense of fun that fans have grown to love and collect. Sara Pichelli’s work can be found at the beginning, literally! As the collected story picks up with the FCBD story from 2018, the prehistoric avengers have a great design and a unique line-up to offer as well, Pichelli’s style is described as energetic and attention-grabbing with her sense of detail.

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Final Grade:

Rating: 5 out of 10.

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