If there’s one thing that Chris Claremont’s original run on “Uncanny X-Men” should have taught everyone, it’s that there is such a thing as having too many plotlines running simultaneously. It’s a big problem in “Mighty Avengers” #29, with enough going on that it feels a little too disjointed and all over the place. After all, just look at the contents of the issue. The Young Avengers are fighting Loki; Hank Pym and Jocasta are performing strange science experiments; Quicksilver, USAgent, and China’s superheroes are fighting the Unspoken in Tibet; Amadeus Cho is randomly wandering around Infinite Avengers Mansion. Unless it was a double-sized issue, it would be impossible to really advance all of these stories in a satisfactory way. And, well, this isn’t a double-sized issue.
Dan Slott’s plot at least ties off one of these stories, and seems to be shuffling those characters towards the next plot in a consolidation plan. That’s a good thing. On the down side, even the one plot that was resolved didn’t feel terribly satisfactory; there’s still a lot left up in the air, with more to come still hanging over everyone’s heads. I appreciate and understand that Slott wants to keep some ongoing stories happening to lure readers on board month after month, but if there isn’t any real resolution it’s going to grow tiresome. Christos N. Gage’s script is at least funny enough in places, taking the more ludicrous moments of Slott’s plot and pushing them over the top. Ronin’s attack on the fake Scarlet Witch in particular is so silly that you don’t know if you should roll your eyes or laugh; I settled for both. On the other hand, some of the other characters get such stilted dialogue (“Listen to them. It is our duty to protect our people.”) that it’s actually surprising it’s Gage writing this. He’s normally a lot stronger than this script turned out.
Khoi Pham’s pencils are perfectly acceptable here. It’s funny, because on every page there are elements that I like a great deal, but other ones that stick out like a sore thumb. For instance, early on there’s a panel with Ban-Luck talking to the other characters. Her goggles are pushed up onto her forehead, and her hair is flowing in the wind with thick locks and clumps. It looks real (and actually reminds me a bit of how Travis Charest used to draw “WildC.A.T.S” back in the day) and it’s an attractive style. But then, right next to her, Quicksilver has such a fat and bloated face that you start wondering if he’s been powering up using Hostess snack foods.
“Mighty Avengers” is all over the place right now. When “Dark Reign” began it was the most promising of the three books, but at the moment it’s already in need of a re-focusing. If it can pull everything back together, I think it could be a lot of fun. Right now, though, it’s just a little too scattered to quite fall into place.