Last time we saw the Avengers, they got into a heated scrap with Namor. Now, the Submariner has his own comradery of super people to defend the oceans of the world. AVENGERS #10, aka AVENGERS #700 (holy shit!), brings the two teams together for a dramatic clash, plus so much more!

It wouldn’t be a Marvel milestone issue without some lengthy, epic-level storytelling. AVENGERS #10 is chock-full of the stuff. Writer Jason Aaron spared no effort in making this issue an absolute gem. This issue continues the “World Tour” arc, while also adding tons for us readers to look forward to. Seriously, there’s a lot of cool shit to talk about here.

There’s also a barrage of exquisite pages to look at. AVENGERS #10 features artwork from series regulars David Marquez and Ed McGuinness, as well as guest artists Frazer Irving, Adam Kubert, and Andrea Sorrentino. Although we’re greeted with a plethora of artistic styles, none feel out of place.

Hold onto your hats (or whatever article of clothing you’re so inclined to hold onto), because we’ve got a lot to dissect.

Holy Shit, That’s a Lot of Super People

AVENGERS #10 opens with some stuff in Russia. Apparently, the Russian government is interested in resurrecting their old superhero team, the Winter Guard. The few members we initially see include the Crimson Dynamo, Darkstar, Vanguard, Ursa Major, and Red Widow (who I’m pretty sure is a newcomer). A few others show up later on, but we’ll address them when we get there.

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AVENGERS #10 page 7. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

Meanwhile, Namor and his Defenders of the Deep (which seems like a seriously overpowered team) are tearing up human research facilities all across the sea. As part of AVENGERS #10, we see the team dismantling a station known as Hydropolis. Though all of the Avengers were off hanging out, enjoying some time off, they’re quickly pulled into the conflict and have another face off with Namor.

Given the Defenders of the Deep have a bit of a numbers advantage on the Avengers, the fight goes south fairly quickly. Thankfully, assistance arrives in the form of the Winter Guard. Joining them now are Vostok (the Russian Vision) and two Slavic deities (which I wasn’t aware Marvel had), Perun and Chernobog.

Things start looking up for the Avengers, as they now have the aid of the Winter Guard, but, as you might expect, things go completely sideways. Soon enough, you’ve got all the super guys beating each other up because of their insatiable egos and such. You know, typical superhero shenanigans.

Once the Defenders of the Deep fall back, the fighting subsides. The Avengers realize the world’s getting a lot more dangerous, especially for them. To make matters worse, the U.S. government apparently just made the Squadron Supreme of America (no, I’m not kidding).

AVENGERS #10 Has the Best Extras

On top of the explosive main story of AVENGERS #10, we’re treated to boatloads of world-building, thanks to writer Jason Aaron.

For starters, we see a meeting between Robbie Reyes and Odin. The All-Father apparently caught wind of the Ghost Rider’s altercation with Starbrand, as part of MARVEL LEGACY #1. Remember when the Rider killed Starbrand? Yeah, Odin wasn’t too happy about that. But, Robbie is able to properly convey the truth about that situation to Odin, and the All-Father stands down. From there, the two actually spend a bit of time together. Odin teaches Robbie a thing or two about his powers and the legacy he carries. It’s a fairly touching scene.

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AVENGERS #10 page 49. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

Following that, we see where Loki was sent following the conclusion of Jason Aaron’s first arc, “The Final Host.” He’s essentially been hanging around with the Celestials, being tortured for his crimes. However, Loki professes his innocence in the matter; he was doing what he did to get the Avengers back together. He fears the looming war of the realms. But Loki doesn’t just find company with the Celestials. He also chats briefly with Wolverine, who’s apparently now the Phoenix. You can’t make this shit up, folks. There’s lots of foreshadowing in this scene that I’m not up to spoiling for you guys here.

Finally, we get what was perhaps the greatest part of AVENGERS #10. We see Janet van Dyne, aka the Wasp, executing a secret mission in Transylvania. And… well, let me just say this: Marvel’s resident vampire hunter just might be the newest Avenger.

World-Building at Its Finest

In case I haven’t said it enough, I’ll say it again: Jason Aaron knows how to build a fictional world. This stuff is extraordinarily on par with the work of Jonathan Hickman, and that’s a fact. I’ve been gripped by this story every step of the way, and AVENGERS #10 just might include some of Aaron’s best work yet on the series.

There’re so many small pieces to take in that help paint a rather large portrait for where Aaron’s story is going. I love the angle of every governmental superpower needing their own super team. That’s a clever way to politicize the story that doesn’t feel cheap; I find myself very welcome to this kind of political storytelling.

The extra stories offer the best bits of foreshadowing, though. I can’t wait to see Robbie learn more about his powers. We’re also treated to more than a few teases that a new Starbrand is on the way. Wolverine as the Phoenix shook me to my core. I’m racking my brain trying to figure out how the hell that happened. And don’t get me started on all of the teases for WAR OF THE REALMS. I’m excited, to say the least.

As for the final reveal of AVENGERS #10, it would be an understatement to see our newest Avenger in action.

Brief Yet Important Character Moments

AVENGERS #10 isn’t just great from a world-building standpoint. It also features a pleasant amount of pertinent character work. Before all the chaos ensues, we’re granted some glimpses at what the Avengers are doing in their downtime.

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AVENGERS #10 page 12. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

Tony and Robbie are racing each other in their cars. Thor and Carol are out trying to clean the oceans, while also discussing the potential of Thor dating Jennifer. Speaking of whom, Jennifer is joining T’Challa in Wakanda for some PR nonsense. Cap is in Washington dealing with the political ramifications of the Avengers’ decision to split ties with the U.S. government. In each of these moments, we get little glimpses into each of the characters, in the context of them both as teammates and as individuals.

We even get a few decent moments of the other supporting characters. The Defenders of the Deep give me the willies, and the Winter Guard are downright badass if a bit unorthodox. As Tony deftly points out, you should “never go double god.”

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AVENGERS #10 page 27. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

If Jason Aaron hasn’t already proven he deserves to be writing this book, then AVENGERS #10 is the issue to do just that. I can’t wait to see where he takes this story next. Hopefully, something involving a date between Hulk and Thor.

A Wide Assortment of Artistic Flavors

Not only does AVENGERS #10 feature some intense storytelling, but it’s also got some fairly dramatic artwork to boot.

David Marquez and Ed McGuinness drew the core story of AVENGERS #10. Marquez handles all the calmer pages, where the Winter Guard are reassembling, and the Avengers are all out and about. These pages are appropriately smooth and gentle, save for the few he draws of the Defenders of the Deep, which are loud and filled with a decent amount of action.

Ed McGuinness jumps in once all the chaos commences. His pages are just about as insane as all the fighting taking place in them. When you’ve got three superhero teams battling for supremacy, a dynamic yet simplistic style like McGuinness’ definitely comes in handy. McGuinness’s pages flow wonderfully for what is arguably one of the biggest fight sequences in Avengers history, at least in terms of characters involved.

It’s no wonder these two are series regulars.

Got to Love Guest Artists

Frazer Irving lends his highly dramatic artistic style to the Ghost Rider/Odin story. This is like watching a moving painting. Though there are character models and designs I think could have been drawn better, this is still an elegant style. I loved watching this short story unfold, especially since it features some beautiful colors.

Adam Kubert’s work covers the Loki/Wolverine bit. This is fairly simple work; nothing too flashy, but certainly nothing bad. It’s great work for a simple section. I actually love how Kubert captured all the foreshadowing that Wolverine drops.

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AVENGERS #10 page 61. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

Lastly, Andrea Sorrentino’s highly unique style captures the final story of AVENGERS #10. Seeing as this story takes place in the bleak setting of Transylvania, Sorrentino’s style is markedly appropriate. The way he draws the course of the action and the characters and involved is perfect.

Frankly, guest artists have always been my favorite part of Marvel milestone issues, and AVENGERS #10 features some damn good ones. AVENGERS #10 is as much of an artistic success as it is a storytelling one.

Trouble on the Horizon

As AVENGERS #10 concludes, there’s essentially nothing good happening to the team. The Avengers are, frankly, in a very shitty situation. They’ve got just about everyone at their throats, with no hope of turning things around for themselves anytime soon. And with the U.S. formation of the new Squadron Supreme, the immediate threats they face might be graver than ever. That’s not even mentioning the looming threat of a multi-realm war.

The fact that Jason Aaron can juggle all this crap at once just goes to prove how spectacular a writer he is. His work on AVENGERS has been some of the best the series has seen in quite some time. AVENGERS #10 succeeds as a milestone issue, and it’s widely in part because of his raw talent.

Of course, we can’t forget the artistic talents of AVENGERS #10. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite here. Marquez, McGuinness, Irving, Kubert, and Sorrentino all have such unique styles and methods of storytelling through their art. I’m just thankful we got such a wide range of talent for this explosive milestone.

Well, whatever the future may bring for the Avengers, I’m just glad we have them. Happy #700, Avengers! Here’s to a hundred more!

AVENGERS #10 by Jason Aaron, David Marquez, Ed McGuinness, Frazer Irving, Adam Kubert, and Andrea Sorrentino
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Marvel's been doing a pretty good job with their milestone issues lately. AVENGERS #10/#700 is no exception. This issue uses every page to its advantage, telling an interesting story, building more into the fictional world, and just being downright fun to read.
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