Comics : Avengers (Vol. 4) #19

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This review was first published on: Feb 2012.

Background...

In the wake of the Fear Itself event, the Avengers are regrouping and deciding upon a new line-up. Meanwhile, Norman Osborn has recently escaped custody and has started putting together band of baddies to go for world domination!

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Avengers (Vol. 4) #19
Jan 2012 : SM Guest
Summary: Spider-Man, Spider-Woman appear
Executive Producer:  Alan Fine
Publisher:  Dan Buckley
Chief Creative Officer:  Joe Quesada
Editor In Chief:  Axel Alonso
Editor:  Tom Brevoort
Associate Editor:  Lauren Sankovitch
Writer:  Brian Bendis
Artist:  Daniel Acuna
Lettering:  VC's Cory Petit
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Articles: Green Goblin I (Norman Osborn)

The issues opens with Daisy Johnson (accompanied by Hawkeye and Spider-Woman) interrogating the warden of the Raft prison, trying to find out how Norman Osborn escaped. They seem to narrow it down to some guards who were corrupt.

Most of the rest of the issue, involves Cap putting the final touches on his new team. He asks Black Panther, who refuses and suggests asking Storm. Storm later accepts. Vision makes a return, thanks to Tony Stark putting him back together. Cap also ask Daisy Johnson to step up into the limelight.

Finally, Cap takes his new team to face the gathered press. Wolverine and Spider-man hang back - they discuss that they are no longer part of this Avengers team. The team ends up being: Storm, Daisy Johnson, Iron Man, Spider-woman, Cap, Vision, Red Hulk, Protector and Hawkeye. As the press start asking questions, Norman Osborn walks out the crowd demanding his questions are answered first!

In General...

A fairly enjoyable issue, with a great ending. There are a lot of small scenes that move the issue along fairly quickly and I guess I got caught up in the excitement of who would make the new team. The Osborn sub-plot took a back seat for the most part and there really wasn't much action, but those omissions didn't harm the issue at all.

The only thing that is disappointing is that it seems Spidey has been left off the main Avengers roster. This is mainly a disappointment, because for last 18 issues of this title, he really hasn't had much to do as part of the team. He's been in the background, cracked jokes and fought on cue, but he never took the forefront and the reason for him being on the team was never really justified. I guess it's good that there's one less title you need to follow if you're a Spidey completist though!

Overall Rating...

Solid issue.