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Silver Surfer, Terrax, and Firelord have united with one mission: seize the Starbrand and destroy anyone who would stop them. Unfortunately, that currently includes the Avengers. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are lost in the Ravenstarr galaxy. Thor has been infected by the Brood and is attacking Captain America. Cap narrowly survives and reconnects with Captain Marvel and She-Hulk. In another system, Ghost Rider, Black Widow, Blade, and Boy-Thing flee from the angry Silver Surfer. Ghost Rider goes out to try and hold the Surfer off, and Norrin tries to warn Robbie about what will happen if the Avengers try to seize the Starbrand. Iron Man is still stranded a million years back and he has met the Avengers of that time. They aren’t happy to see him.
Avengers #28 continues the “Starbrand Reborn” story, finding the Avengers still stranded in the Ravenstarr Galaxy, a galaxy-wide prison run by the Shi’ar Empire. We learn that the Heralds of Galactus have a vested interest in destroying the wielder of the Starbrand and they are willing to kill the Avengers to prevent them from freeing the Starbrand.
We still do not learn who the new wielder of the Starbrand is, but it seems likely that it will be revealed in the next issue or two.
There are some pretty lame jokes in this issue made by Cap and Ghost Rider. They fall flat, but it doesn’t ruin the comic by any measure. This cosmic Avengers tale is thoroughly gripping and it feels significant, even if we don’t know what the outcome will be yet. It feels like a classic Avengers tale even if there are some notable differences in the style and telling.
Ed McGuinness once again provides some stellar visual work. His ultra-muscular and somewhat cartoonish style jives with the insane and cosmic nature of the tale. It looks great and adds to the fun of the comic. Mark Morales nails it in the inking section, giving the book bold and strong lines. Jason Keith and Erick Arciniega give explosive colors well-suited to a cosmic Avengers story.
Avengers #28 is another fun and bombastic issue for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. The Heralds of Galactus have arrived and the Avengers still have no clue where the new bearer of the Starbrand is. It’s a desperate mission of cosmic proportions which easily earns a recommendation. Feel free to give this one a read.
Avengers #28 comes to us from writer Jason Aaron, artist Ed McGuinness, inker Mark Morales, color artists Jason Keith and Erick Arciniega, letterer VC’s Cory Petit, cover artist Ed McGuinness with Jason Keith, and variant cover artist Ema Lupacchino with Jason Keith.
Final Score: 8.5/10
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