War of the Realms: Strikeforce: War Avengers #1 (Marvel Comics)
The War of the Realms continues on, and this time we’re getting a new batch of Avengers to make sure Midgard doesn’t go to hell thanks to Malekith. War of the Realms: Strikeforce: War Avengers, the latest one-shot tie in from Dennis Hopeless, Kim Jacinto, and Ario Anindito may not be an essential read for the overall story, but is plenty entertaining nonetheless.
With Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor off-world, it falls on Captain Marvel to defend the Earth from Malekith’s forces. Unfortunately for her, the choices for a new Avengers roster are getting pretty slim. Gathering a makeshift team of heroes like Venom, Weapon H, Black Widow, Winter Soldier, Lady Sif, and Deadpool, Captain Marvel tries desperately to distract Malekith’s forces long enough to buy the other heroes enough time to turn the tide of the war, but will it be enough?
That’s the main issue behind this story, and of course Dennis Hopeless’ script doesn’t give us a direct answer (Marvel wants to ensure we get the next issues of War of the Realms, after all), but Hopeless does do a great job bouncing these very different characters off one another. This is a team that even my inner seven year old would never come up with, but somehow it works really well. The interplay between all the heroes is so good that you’ll never even notice that the plot isn’t even that important to the story.
Many times the art in different tie-ins looks a little wonky, but for this special Kim Jacinto and Ario Anindito are actually very similar to War of the Realms’ Russell Dautermann. The pair have a very clean style that works for both the action sequences of the book and the few quiet moments, crafting a series of pages that will do well to bump them up into the mainstream of Marvel.
While it doesn’t do much to raise the stakes of the main War of the Realms event, War Avengers is a cool tie-in that packs a lot of seemingly random characters into one team to take on a threat. Does it make sense for Venom, Weapon H, and Black Widow to be on the same Avengers team? Definitely not. But it makes for some pretty fun moments, so that’s worth the price of admission for me.