Carol Danvers is supposed to be in London on vacation. Instead, she is trapped in London. Ultron has attacked and she cannot fly without risking her brain getting killed. Fortunately, England has a safe haven that Ultron cannot pass through. As she makes her way towards it, she runs into a seemingly ordinary citizen who seems to be able to override some of the Ultron machines by merely communicating with it. Faiza Hussain seems to believe he is the key to possibly stopping Ultron, so Captain Marvel and Captain Britain team up to see if Computer Graham is the one to end the conflict.
The second of two Avengers Assemble issues that add to the backdrop of the Age of Ultron story, Al Ewing takes an interesting approach by setting the stage in Britain, where magic is power over technology to some degree. Hidden beneath the action of the story is the concept of nobility, as Captain Britain does what is necessary to ensure that honor is always upheld be it constantly looking out for the younger generation or handing his title to Faiza so that there would always been a Captain Britain in case something happened to him. In a way, this is probably one of the better Age of Ultron side-stories that has been published thus far simply because it tells a story that is easy to follow and quite exciting to read.
While nothing terribly spectacular, the artwork by Butch Guice is quite pleasant and fits with the story. Most of the characters do not look stiff, rather being able to move in a fluid manner. This is quite necessary for a character like Mel, apparently one of the students of the Braddock Academy, whose powers are based off her being able to maintain movement as though she was playing soccer, or as they call it outside of America football. Some of the rough lines do seep through, but it’s hardly a distraction. Coloring by Frank D’armata doesn’t quite connect in the lighting and shading, as I have constantly been noting stubbornly in Cable and X-Force, but he does use the right shade and tone when it counts.
This issue of Avengers Assemble is not bad. Al Ewing writes a nice story that flows quite well with a nice little hidden message about honor. Butch Guice illustrates some good pages that work with the story and create some interesting action sequence. Overall, I think this is a good companion piece to Age of Ultron. Any one who is enjoying the saga would be recommended to check this one out. Everyone else, it’s not really necessary to read frankly.
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