Avengers #23, Legacy #723: Capsule Review

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Title: Avengers #23 Legacy #723

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Writer: Jason Aaron

Art: Stefano Caselli

Colorist: Jason Keit

Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit

Cover: Stefano Caselli & Frank Martin; Alex Ross; Mike McKone & Rachelle Rosenberg; Russell Dauterman & Matthew Wilson with Mike McKone & Edgar Delgado

Review: ★★★☆☆

The latest Avenger’s tale has the team attempting to overcome the results of Damion Helstorm’s exorcism of their resident Ghost Rider. This, of course, allows their base to become possessed and alive. It’s a fun ride for most. In the meantime, we get another guest star in Johnny Blaze, who happens to run hell at the moment. He gives Robbie a choice which will change the course of his life and the Ghost Rider. The last several issues of the Avengers have been mildly entertaining. The tie-ins to War of the Realms comes across like fill in issues.   I never been a fan of the “MARVEL” summer crossovers. Their generally cash grabs for books that might need extra sales. The “Supernatural” Avengers concept is running with it’s ups and downs. This current Ghost Rider stuff seems like it’s just a means to launch the new Ghost Rider book. I get that this isn’t the status quo for Jason Aaron’s Avengers. He is shaking things up and trying to make the Avengers into much deeper story. Issue #23 does reference issue #7 and it’s ties to Ghost Rider. The final page even gives a quality surprise, but comes across like a Marvel amalgam. Stefano Caselli does a quality art job here. He seems to enjoy the Ghost Rider story. It does lack some of the scale the McGuinness puts in his artwork. Caselli’s art just isn’t as fun to experience. It’ll be interesting to see how much change Aaron is willing to put to the Avengers in the next couple issues.

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