Aero, aka Lei Ling, quickly became one of Marvel Comics’ breakout characters. Since her debut in 2019, she has been included in several comics. She is headlining her own solo series and is also a part of Marvel’s new Agents of Atlas team. Due to her affiliation with the Agents of Atlas, Aero was also a key player in the Marvel events War of the Realms and Atlantis Attacks. She will also be assisting Dane Whitman, aka Black Knight, in the upcoming King in Black event.
Aero #12 by creative team Zhou Liefen, Keng, Amy Chu, and VC’s Joe Caramagna, is another great chapter in this incredible character’s story. The issue opens up with Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, and Aero continuing their team-up. While the interactions between the two are well written and fun to read, it is a bit confusing to tell when this happens in the Marvel timeline. Aero is acting as if she has not been a part of a team of other heroes, while Tony is using his new AI, B.O.S.S. This AI was created after Aero has already been involved in several events, partnered with Wave, and joined the Agents of Atlas.
After the team-up concludes, Lei Ling decides to turn to a turn to her mentor for guidance on how to control her power, an issue she’s been facing for the last couple of issues. Their dynamic is one of the most important in the book, and seeing it evolve even more is a treat. Their interaction is one of the best scenes in the issue, if not the entire series. This issue of Aero wraps of series-long plotlines while planting the seeds for new storylines in future arcs.
The art is stunning, as it has been for the entirety of the series. The way Aero’s powers are displayed is particularly well done, from large bursts of wind to delicate swirls of air.
Aero #12 has its action scenes, but they’re perfectly balanced with slower, character-building moments. The struggle to control one’s power is a common trope in superhero comics, but here it is done in a way that doesn’t feel cliché. The scene transitions felt natural and flowed well. As I mentioned earlier, the only dialogue that did not make sense in my opinion was her internal monologue about how it was her first time teaming up with a big name hero, given that she has done this before. Other than that, it was an exceptionally well-written issue.
Overall, Aero #12 is another stellar issue in one of Marvel’s best recent ongoing series. With impressive art and a satisfying story that leaves you wanting more, it is definitely a book you should pick up.
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