The inclusion of the Avengers 1,000,000 B.C. continues to prove itself as the most interesting aspect of Jason Aaron’s Avengers. This prehistoric version of the Avengers roster continues to provide the reader with as many interesting and engaging questions as it provides, ultimately drawing the reader into a story which occurs across two time periods. Jason Aaron’s inclusion of the Avengers 1,000,000 B.C. essentially acts a framing device, through which he is able to organically provide the reader with a steady supply of exposition. Thanks to Odin and Loki’s roles as the narrators of both the past and present parts of the story, Jason Aaron is able to inject the story with a mythic like quality which ultimately results in a pretty engaging read.
However, the quality of Jason Aaron’s Avengers is hurt by his decision to split the team up into several different pairings and then subsequently sending them on separate side missions. This decision hurts the story for several different reasons; one of them being that there isn’t enough time to focus on all the pairings in an equally substantial or meaningful way. Some pairings play crucial part in the progression of the overall narrative, whilst other characters remain largely inconsequential. A good example would be Thor/She-hulk travelling to Asgard to learn more about the threat of the Dark Celestials and acquiring a weapon which may prove to be useful in the upcoming battle; versus Ghost Rider who simply learns that his car has submarine mode on his way to rescue Captain America.
Jason’s Aaron’s decision to split the team up is also disappointing as it leaves Jason Aaron with very little room to explore the team’s dysfunctional nature. In my opinion, this is a missed opportunity as the Avengers dysfunctional family dynamic is a core feature of the Avengers which always seems to yield the best storylines.
Final Score: 7.7/10
Review by: Timeyin
Comic Book Credits –
Writer: Jason Aaron, Artist: Ed McGuinness, Inker: Mark Morales, Color Artist: David Curiel, Letters: VC’s Cory Petit, Cover by: Ed McGuinness, Mark Morales, and Justin Ponsor, Variant Covers by: Aaron Kuder and Jason Keith; Greg Land, Jay Leisten, and Frank D’Armata; Esad Ribic, Graphic Designer: Carlos Lao, Associate Editor: Alanna Smith, Editor: Tom Brevoort, Avengers created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Publisher: Marvel Comics,