Picking straight up from where the previous issue left off, “Mighty Avengers” #7, by writer Al Ewing and artist Valerio Schiti, places the spotlight on White Tiger, Ava Ayala, who catches wind that her family’s killer is free. She sets out for vengeance, but her timeshare with the tiger god proves to be too much and the god takes over.
Hearing the exchange between Falcon and White Tiger and fearing the worst, Luke Cage’s new band of Avengers tries to intervene. Luckily, Iron Fist happened to be visiting, so he tags along as well. Ewing does a nice job with all of the Avengers, and balances the cast nicely, making “Mighty Avengers” feel like an ensemble, if not quite team, book. This is a ragtag collection of could-have-beens, but it’s also a collection of fan favorite characters and Ewing does the fans a service by giving each of the characters a chance to display their talents and abilities. No one character overshadows anyone else in this issue, save for maybe White Tiger.
In a smooth collaboration between Ewing and his artist Valerio Schiti, the duo throw in a fine visual metaphor of a cat pouncing on a pigeon. Not only does it underscore the events of the book as the pigeon stands in for Kenny Driscoll, stool pigeon for Gideon Mace, while the cat represents White Tiger, avatar of vengeance, about to pounce on Driscoll, but it provides a chuckle as well, given that Driscoll is now terrified of the winged roof rats following his run-in with pigeons in the previous issue. Schiti is in his glory here, drawing meaningfully human expressions and giving every character- human and otherwise — a distinct repertoire of movement. The artist’s figures aren’t posed or heavily photo-referenced, but instead live and move throughout the panels. Schiti and colorist Frank D’Armata work well together. Their combined style has just the right amount of grit and fantastic explosiveness to fit these stories featuring street-level Avengers. After all, street-level Avengers are still Avengers and there is a certain degree of visual absurdity and excessiveness that needs to be present.
Cortex Incorporated makes another appearance as this issue leaves the team subject to what appears to be infighting. True, circumstances are manipulated against them by forces within and outside of the team, but to the casual observer, it appears as though things are simply going wrong. Ewing, however, has the team right where he wants them and is apparently having a fun time writing this bunch. It’s nice to see Falcon, Iron Fist, She-Hulk and White Tiger get some panel time again. The fact that it all happens in the same book is a definite plus.