The Avengers Academy is relocating to the West Coast. One of the announcements out of this past weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con is that Marvel Comics’ Avengers Academy will be moving their school from New York City to Los Angeles in November. The school is set to open operations in the former base of the West Coast Avengers on the cliffs of Rancho Palos Verdes. The West Coast Avengers operated out of the Palos Verdes Peninsula for all 102 issues of their title from 1985-1994. The Avengers compound has gone unused since.
The Avengers Academy is the story of six young heroes and their training to be the next wave of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes the Avengers. With their impending relocation there is no better time to get acquainted with the heroes. Avengers Academy issue 11 marks a perfect entry point for new readers to the title.
Written by Christos Gage with art by Tom Raney the Avengers Academy is thrust into the front lines of combat against a deadly threat to the entire world. With the main Avengers teams battling this menace around the world the “kids” are forced into action to help evacuate civilians from Washington DC, but are they ready?
The faculty of the Academy is dispatched away from the students leaving one teacher to watch the cadets. Tigra must not only fight to save the people of Washington DC but also needs to help the students overcome their fears and live up to their training.
Gage masterfully handles the large cast giving enough screen time to all of the important elements of the story. The inner conflict that is felt by the heads of the academy is handled well and their anguish about putting these children into harms way is what makes them so good. Gage’s ability to craft such a strong story during Marvel Comics’ publishing line wide crossover Fear Itself storyline cannot be underestimated. Often crossover stories are shells of the original main storyline but this one has teeth and is really well done.
The seriousness of the story is detailed superbly by the art of Raney. Each character exudes emotion in each scene which is only heightened by the words around it. These are not just pin-up pictures or static images of the heroes. The action looks real and dangerous. Raney handles the scene switches wonderfully to keep the reader glued to each page.
The decision: With the Academy moving to Los Angles in November now is a good time to get caught up on the next wave of LA heroes and this issue marks the perfect time to start reading. Not only do Gage and Raney tell a stunning story but they make you care about the characters and the war they must fight. A strong story with interesting characters makes a really fun read.
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