Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers Unleashed #2

Story by
Art by
Ig Guara
Colors by
Chris Sotomayor, J. Roberts
Letters by
Joe Sabino
Cover by
Marvel Comics

The initial "Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers" mini-series was a surprisingly fun (if slightly silly) mini-series, teaming up an assortment of animal sidekicks for a romp around the Marvel Universe to find the hidden Infinity Gems. This new mini-series was off to a good start, but spends most of a second issue focusing exclusively on Frog Thor, which felt like a misstep to me.

I guess if you're a big fan of Frog Thor, this issue might be heaven, as Frog Thor first travels to Asgard, and then to the Himalayas to find other similar mystical creatures. From there, there's both a yeti and a huge, anti-magical-creatures monster out there that enter the picture, and it's not until the end of the issue that we finally meet up with the rest of the Pet Avengers. The problem is, I don't think that Frog Thor can carry an entire issue on his own; he's a cute visual but not a terribly exciting character. The fun of "Pet Avengers" up until now has been watching this strange group of characters interact with one another, each of them bringing their own quirks into the mix. Once Frog Thor is on his own, it feels like the comic has slowed to a crawl.

Ig Guara's art, though, is still up to snuff. From pink-maned unicorns to a flying Quetzalcoatl, Guara's able to not only draw all of the Pet Avengers in a pleasing and fun way, but all of the new mythological creatures that Chris Eliopoulos has packed into the script. It's a nice, easy going art style that fits this book well, and the action sequences are smooth and simple to follow.

Now that Eliopoulos has reunited the entire cast, there's no doubt in my mind that the remaining issues of this mini-series will be as fun as the first issue was, or for that matter the previous mini-series. It's a good set-up for the remaining parts of the story, and I think this was nothing more than a slight pacing problem. (Had the first two issues been interspliced with one another, I think it would've been fixed.) Bring on more Pet Avenger goodnesss!

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