History’s Mightiest Untold Secrets!
If the Avengers hope to survive being lost in time, they’ll need the help of some of history’s greatest heroes, from the Thor of the Viking Age to the T. Rex Starbrand at the dawn of time, plus all the forgotten Avengers of bygone eras whose stories can finally be told.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: Aaron does something entertaining and engaging with this story by focusing it on Starbrand. Throughout the arcs we haven’t gotten to spend a lot of time with this character and this story does a great job of giving her more depth and personality. I enjoyed the build up with her as the focus and look forward to seeing where the story goes next. The Art: Fiorelli delivers some great art throughout the issue. The action is visually thrilling and dynamic and I love the details within the character moments.
Major SpoilersWith this big arc wrapping up next month, Avengers #61 serves as an emotional checkpoint before the big final battle, giving Starbrand a well-deserved spotlight and finally getting our heroes to where they need to be in the timestream, with strong writing and above-average art combining for 4 out of 5 stars overall. There are so many interesting characters and concepts being thrown around in Avengers lately that I sometimes forget there’s an endgame, but if this ends up being Jason Aaron’s swan song, it’s gonna be a memorable one.
Marvel Heroes LibraryAvengers HQ is still the body of the Celestial at the North Pole. Captain Marvel says it's 'seen better days' and it looks damaged from the outside. This tells me that the whole time-travel story arc is set after the Judgment Day event, and that the upcoming A.X.E. JD#6 will render the Celestial Progenitor inert again.
Comic WatchAvengers #61is not a total remedy for all the current runs past shortcomings, but its focus on interpersonal drama is a step in the right direction.
Fortress of Solitude
The Comicbook DispatchAvengers #61 has the teen Starbrand, or Brandy, take center stage in this comic. Brandy is the main star of this comic, and readers' mileage will vary on that since she hasn't always been the most compelling character in this run. Not much is lost if you skip the issue. However, this issue does give Brandy some depth to her character that's mixed in with an interesting theme tied in with the Starbrand power and its users.
ComicBook.comAs the Avengers' time-traveling battle with Mephisto draws near its close, the focus shifts to Starbrand in an exploration of their immense power and ever-present mortality. It provides for some interesting notes on the often overlooked character's role, and makes a notable addition to the Starbrand mythos in the form of the Tyrannosaurus Rex. That the dinosaur shown in only a few handful of panels is the emotional highlight of the issue speaks to the lack of impact in much of the heavily narrated story. Every element of the newest Starbrand's dilemmas and decisions are explained at length, often across an array of well considered, but familiar battle sequences across time. This comic asks readers not to think for a moment while reading it and it's likely most will continue not thinking about The Avengers after the final page is turned.