It’s time to get your Elseworld on, as Avengers of the Wastelands #4 drops digital-only this week from Marvel Comics. Witness Ed Brisson and Jonas Scharf’s penultimate issue in a series that lives and breathes the world of Old Man Logan (who is now dead, if you’re not keeping track). In this fourth issue, truths are revealed, fights take place, and Dr. Doom will get his comeuppance.
This issue offers plenty of Marvel fan-favorite action with the future post-apocalyptic world reveals. We’re talking a showdown between the Avengers (of the Wasteland) against a team that’s certainly more seasoned than this new team. Thor, Ant-Man, Viv, teen Hulk, and Captain America square off in a battle that takes up much of the issue. Before we get there, though, there’s an interesting scene with the main villain of this book that should get the chess pieces to the right places before the finale in issue #5.
This issue is a payoff for those paying attention after issue #1. Brisson makes a strong statement with a choice made in the final pages that further cement Dani Cage as a candidate for the bearer of Mjolnir. It also plays well to the state of the world and how the Avengers persevere when at other times they may not have made the same choices.
Scharf’s art continues to impress and I’m more than certain we’ll be seeing their lines for years to come. Scharf is backed up by color artist Neeraj Menon and together they offer a detailed yet somewhat cartoony feel to the book. This helps with the comedic elements, but also the sense of fun. Yes, this book is dealing with some heavy aspects, but it’s also a fan-service title about showing us quirky and clever things in a possible Marvel future. Brisson and Scharf excel at those elements.
I had fun reading this penultimate issue. It leans a bit too heavily on one action sequence, but given the slower and less action-packed previous chapters, it should flow nicely when reading the trade paperback. I’m not sure this will convince folks to go back and read the previous issues, but I’m certainly on board to see how this team deals with Dr. Doom.