Marvel Comics is launching a new miniseries set apart from ongoing events, but that doesn’t mean the drama is any lessened. Writer Jim Zub and artist Chamba have an event-caliber story on their hands involving Infinity Stones (or what’s left of them) and the heroes reduced to their very human selves. It’s a visually stunning first issue that houses a story not unlike Power Rangers, but we’ll get to that.
What you’ll notice right off the bat with Avengers: Tech-On is how clean and cool Chamba’s art is, from lines to colors. Clearly working in a digital format, the art is closer to animation than a conventional comic. The opening page features Thanos ready to swat the Avengers away like flies. We’re basically getting the Infinity Gauntlet story’s tail end, which leads into this alternate take on what happens next. It’s cool to see Chamba reveal Thanos’ loss of power at the end over the course of a few quick panels.
This epic opening leads our heroes only just reflecting on what happened to be faced with an entirely new threat. Red Skull, revealed in the preview solicit, is the main threat and he somehow is capable of taking away the heroes’ powers. Enter the main purpose of the book, which is to outfit our heroes with cool armor ala Iron Man.
Enter some strong Power Rangers vibes. This is not only because of the new suits the heroes must wear, but also how Red Skull comes off. He’s like the ultimate Lord Zedd type from his entrance, to the way he speaks. It gives the book a fun and over-the-top feel that is nostalgic in its approach.
The visuals are fantastic and unique in their own right. Not only does Chamba bring cool action to the forefront, but he has some awesome character design. Wait till you see Red Skull see what I mean, but the heroes themselves have cool costumes too. Chamba has elevated Red Skull visually to the point where he feels like a Thanos-level villain. If we get action figures of these armored heroes and Red Skull the world would be better for it.
Of course, Zub puts the words in Red Skull’s mouth that make him as formidable as ever. The premise of this book is quite clever as Zub is forcing the heroes to fall back on their wits and their courage. No longer super-powered, what makes these heroes tick? You can imagine the smarter ones have an edge, and for those who aren’t geniuses, we’re going to get to see some slick-looking armor.
Avengers: Tech-On is a lot of fun. It has Power Rangers vibes right down to the suits, but also the epic nature of the villain. Read this one for an alternate take on the events after Infinity Gauntlet, and the promise of exploring the complexities of these heroes and who they are apart from their powers.
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