Finally finished my Hickman super-trade-wait Avengers read, with the OHC of Time Runs Out and Secret Wars. Two very different final acts, in this amazing epic.
The sense of impending doom, the palpable tension, and the sheer anything goes craziness of Time Runs Out made for an exciting read. I loved how Hickman wove together so many disparate, and seemingly unconnected plot threads from his run on the two Avengers books, into this apocalyptic tale. I also enjoyed the way that he introduced the Ultimate Universe into the mix, bringing with it a giddy wave of nostalgia and making up somewhat for the lost potential of his earlier, truncated, Ultimates run. Walker, Casselli and Deodato all provided spectacular artwork to go along with this great “what if”.
And, then, after the end of the world, we get the quieter, more thoughtful finale in Secret Wars (by Hickman and Esad Ribic). A truly stunning piece of work; possibly the finest event comic I’ve ever read. The artwork, the story, everything was on a whole other level. I read the whole book in more or less one sitting. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. And, I wasn’t at all disappointed. A beautiful final chapter.
One thing that did stand out though, even as I was reading it, was the complete absence of Tony & Steve. Funny when they were at the heart of his earlier Avengers run.