“Avengers World” is a frustrating series to like. The global, far-reaching nature of the series is intriguing, and the ideas here are fantastic. But even with the recent full hand-off of the writing from Jonathan Hickman to Nick Spencer, there’s no denying that this book moves forward at a snail’s pace.
Stefano Caselli’s art is dependably good here. There’s something always satisfying about the way he draws characters; they’re rendered in a strong, confident line, one that makes his characters look solid and powerful. What’s interesting is that while his characters are often extremely muscled, they never seem out of proportion (normally a problem when depicting characters looking this strong). Take Falcon this issue (with whom the spotlight is focused on); those arms are just massive, but with the thick chest and legs to go with them, he seems appealingly normal.
His characters also move beautifully; Falcon flying through the air is graceful as he soars, with every pose so perfectly rendered that you can almost see him glide from one panel to the next. When he approaches the Circle, Caselli is able to keep the focus on Falcon while also letting us get a good look at this gleaming new air fortress. It’s a nice feat. The new characters in “Avengers World” #7 are all visually distinct here, too; it would have been easy to have them all blend together, but instead Caselli makes them work.
Spencer’s ideas in “Avengers World” #7 are fun, there’s no doubt. The Chinese analogue to S.H.I.E.L.D. makes sense (both in the context of the Marvel Universe as well as our own), for instance, and I appreciate that Xian Zheng is at least for now coming across as a trustworthy person rather than someone dripping with insinuated menace. But at the same time, looking at the greater storyline with Madripoor zooming through the sky on top of the head of a dragon, we’re now seven issues in and it still is barely going anywhere. I’d love to see just one of the plotlines introduced in “Avengers World” #1 come to a close, but instead things seem to have slowed down even more than normal. It’s frustrating because the ideas are great, but the execution is holding the book back.
“Avengers World” #7 is a book with an apt title. It has a great global mandate, and seeing it touch in with all parts of the shared universe is fun. But hopefully, the title doesn’t also mean that that it will take a full year for “Avengers World” to complete something. I’d prefer the title to wrap things up before the planet moves entirely around the sun. Any chance of at least one thread to get tied off soon, please?