AVENGERS #690 BY MARK WAID, AL EWING, JIM ZUB, PEPE LARRAZ, AND DAVID CURIEL
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AVENGERS #690 is a smooth ending. While it doesn't have the most intriguing pieces of action, it sets up future plots in the Marvel Universe. This will go down as a very key issue for those wishing to figure out where Marvel is heading in its immediate future.
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AVENGERS “No Surrender” concludes in AVENGERS #690. After months of weekly entertainment, fans can now ponder where our heroes will go from here. With AVENGERS INFINITY WAR out this week, it’s no surprise Marvel has new titles and series coming out for curious new-coming fans. But how do Al Ewing, Mark Waid, and Jim Zub segue the Avengers cast into these new areas? Read on to find out!

Planting the Seeds for Future Plots

As with most crossover events, AVENGERS “No Surrender” ends with an abundance of vignettes that give hints towards future stories. We find the Black Order alive on Angargal (Eighth Planet of The E-Wing Cluster) and the Lethal Legion on Knowhere. Wanda, Brother Voodoo, and Synapse set out to “venture forth to dimensions beyond space and time to find Quicksilver.” Now that sounds like a comic that would be beyond fun.

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That’s really why AVENGERS #690 shines: it gives future writers a lot of room to play around with characters, to form odd alliances and create compelling stories. Citizen V claims he’ll be Citizen X, a hint that he plans to return to the X-Men; Voyager claims she needs to more experience and guidance before she can become an Avenger; there’s Bruce Banner’s solemn walk after meeting with Clint Barton. It’s very melancholic and really sets the tone for Al Ewing’s THE IMMORTAL HULK.

Where Does This Leave the Avengers?

In one week we’re able to get our hands on AVENGERS #1 by Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness. What’s intriguing about this reboot? Well, none of Aaron and McGuinness’ roster played an integral part in “No Surrender.” Yes, Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor are all united, but where are the B-listers that made this past series so much fun? AVENGERS #690 certainly does a grand job allowing such a roster shakeup to occur that I’ll be sad to no longer read about Rogue, Citizen V, Living Lightning, and the rest in my AVENGERS books.

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I truly do hope Voyager comes back again sooner rather than later. Even if she appears in a book like GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY or whatever book Scarlet Witch and company wind up in, I’ll be happy. She’s such a strong character. In this day and age, where new heroes don’t always make it past initial introductions, it’s key to hold on to a strongly written character.

One really interesting thing about AVENGERS #690 was the introduction of J.A.R.V.I.S. As the real Jarvis contemplates his mixed emotions about the whole ordeal that took place, Nadia presents him with a small A.I. named J.A.R.V.I.S. This is a huge shoutout to the movies, and it has me believe Marvel is really going to continue to try and incorporate more aspects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe into mainstream comics. Is this a good or bad thing? We’ll see how smooth each introduction is.

THE ARTWORK OF AVENGERS #690

AVENGERS #690
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Pepe Larraz and David Curiel finish this series strong. The amount of scenes and characters Larraz had to draw in “No Surrender” was a lot. There’s no questioning that. But his workload appears to be even greater in AVENGERS #690. From the rubble of Avengers mansion to Knowhere, Larraz is able to depict the mood and atmosphere of these areas that make them easy to process. I also really enjoy Curiel’s colors in this comic, particularly in the scenes dealing with the Lethal Legion and Black Order. Angargal has a very beautiful blue and purple atmosphere and the hues depicting Knowhere are very mysterious and gritty, representing the atmosphere very accurately.

It’s fitting these two started the series and also ended it. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for their future books in the coming months.

That’s a Wrap!

AVENGERS #690 completes “No Surrender”. This has been a rollercoaster of a series, and, in my opinion, has made the AVENGERS title very relevant. With AVENGERS INFINITY WAR out this week, it makes complete sense how Marvel wanted to end one story with a bang and begin a new story the week following its third installment of the AVENGERS series.

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I’m very curious about AVENGERS #1, but I’m even more curious about the future works of Ewing, Waid, and Zub. These three writers have proven themselves greatly. In my first review of this series, I mentioned DC’s 52. While 52 truly is a masterpiece, “No Surrender” was able to be a quality comic book each week. That isn’t an easy feat. This will go down as one of Marvel’s greatest Avengers tales.

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