[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
The Shadow Colonel and his Hellhound, the Sarge, are loose in Avengers Mountain. They’ve corrupted the Ghost Rider somehow, and this allows them to make their escape with the Ghost Rider added to their ranks. Meanwhile, Iron Man has snuck into the Russian prison that is holding Dracula. The old vampire lord appears to be spent, as he is now emaciated and physically weak. All of this leaves the Avengers reeling and scrambling for their next play.
Avengers #15 continues the vampire civil war story that has found Dracula deposed and the Avengers fighting the Legion of the Unliving. The ordeal has left Earth’s Mightiest Heroes on the backfoot, and that won’t change in this issue.
The mysterious Shadow Colonel has his actions thoroughly planned out, and he’s toting a lot of firepower. He almost entirely runs the table this issue. His personality is still a little vague; he talks a lot of trash and gives some one-liners about the importance of power. We don’t really know all that much about him yet though.
We don’t learn too much about what is actually going on in this issue. The Shadow Colonel makes some mention of the vampires growing weak, but his motivations seem to run deeper than that. Meanwhile, Dracula himself does seem literally weak now, even if he still manages to rile Iron Man with ease.
The Winter Guard make another appearance in this issue, and there is still no love lost between they and the Avengers.
David Marquez contributes the art once again, and the book looks fantastic for it. The action scenes really stand out in this issue, even if there are a relatively small number of them. Marquez’s detailing gives a sleekness to the book that makes it look all the more like the top-shelf comic it should be. Erick Arciniega brings great color work to improve the visuals even more.
Avengers #15 is another highly entertaining installment of Marvel’s premiere superhero team book. The vampire civil war rages onwards, the Avengers fight to put a stop to it, and Marquez and Arciniega make it all look great. This one gets another recommendation. Check it out.
Avengers #15 comes to us from writer Jason Aaron, artist David Marquez, color artist Erick Arciniega, letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles, cover artist Marquez with Justin Ponsor, and variant cover artist Gerald Parel.