[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Dracula tells the Winter Guard everything he knows after the Red Widow slaughters dozens of his vampire followers. Afterwards, the Winter Guard leaves the former lord of vampires in Chernobyl, Ukraine to live out the rest of his days. Soon afterwards, the Legion of the Unliving attack the Winter Guard’s prison and dispatch the team with ease. Thankfully, the Avengers follow soon afterwards, and their final battle with the Legion of the Unliving begins.
Avengers #17 finishes out the vampire civil war storyline that has been running for the past few issues. The Shadow Colonel and Blade have it out while the rest of their teams do the same.
The vast majority of the comic is devoted to this duel, with the last few pages serving as wrap-up while providing a couple of twists.
There’s not much more to the comic, and it hinges on whether or not you’re engaged in this conflict and if you think it’s a fun battle to witness. Thankfully for me, I was engaged, and it was a fun comic. Blade and the Shadow Colonel have good banter while dismembering one another, Captain America has a new Nazi to throw down with in Baroness Blood, and Thori comes along to duel with the Sarge.
The ending twists aren’t bad, but they aren’t particularly stunning either. We finally learn the identity of the Shadow Colonel, and we learn the fate of Dracula.
David Marquez rides out the story with more impressive artwork that ensures the comic is entertaining to read. He’s quite good at depicting movement and impact, and those are two qualities needed for a good action issue. Thor, Blade, and Ghost Rider in particular get some great panels in this issue. Erick Arciniega wraps it all in excellent and vibrant color work, sealing the deal on this being a rather gorgeous comic.
Avengers #17 finishes out this story with bombast and style. We learn what was really going on with the vampire civil war, and the Avengers once again prove why they’re the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.
Avengers #17 comes to us from writer Jason Aaron, artist David Marquez, color artist Erick Arciniega, letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles, cover artist Marquez with Matthew Wilson, and variant cover artist Lee Garbett.