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After His Flight

January 7, 2010

     After having sex with Moonstar, Noh-Varr pretty much disappeared from the pages of Dark Avengers, completely freaked out that he was working with a bunch of criminals.  Well, in the first annual of the series, he’s back.  He wanders around New York wondering about his purpose and gathering pieces of technology from various sources to build a machine to contact the Supreme Intelligence of the Kree Empire.  Who is sort of dead, by the way.  Since he is an interdimensional traveller, I assume he’d be contacting his own Supreme Intelligence.  Anyway, he listens in on an argument between a boyfriend and girlfriend and tries to comfort the girl when she walks off in a huff.  C0incidentally, she has the same strange hair coloring as Victoria Hand.  They start to bond just before the Sentry shows up to haul his ass back to Stark Tower.  They fight, and Noh-Varr tells Sentry how mad he is about having been deceived.  The girl uses Noh-Varr’s blaster to help him, and the Sentry flies away.  Noh-Varr escapes and completes his machine, and the Supreme Intelligence contacts him, providing him with new Nega Bands and a new costume, telling him that he is the protector of Earth now.  The Dark Avengers pout about having lost him, and his new gal pal finds him, saying that she would love to see him again… for companionship.  And on the rooftops, watching him, are Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes, the Captain Americas, wondering whose side he is on.

     Well, I don’t really know if I cared about that whole issue at all.  It was an attempt to endear the new Captain Marvel in the readers’ eyes, and I don’t think it succeeded very well.  I don’t particularly like him as a character, since he’s not very well fleshed-out, and this just seemed like giving him some artificial character development to justify his involvement in future events, just like that issue of Mighty Avengers he was in (coincidentally also written by Brian Michael Bendis).  If there’s been a weak point in Bendis’ run on Dark Avengers, it’s him.  I mean, the story itself is written well, and it sets up his involvement in Siege (at least, I think that’s what it’s for) very nicely.  He’s the new protector of Earth, after all.  But Annie isn’t that interesting of a character (aside from her possible relation to Hand), and neither is Noh-Varr.  Bendis just seems to write him as the perennial outsider, and that in of itself isn’t that fascinating.  And the “villain” of the issue is the Sentry, who also isn’t that interesting, though Bendis has tried his best.  There’s also the little issue of this dimension’s Supreme Intelligence being dead (his soul is technically in Wraith) and this script somewhat ignoring current developments in Kree politics, but whatever.  Chris Bachalo’s pencils are quite good, and he seems to have solved some of his problems with facial anatomy.  But that doesn’t help the weak story of a weak character.  I kind of wish he would just go away, but something tells me Noh-Varr will be here to stay for a while.

Plot: 5.2      Art: 9.0      Dialogue: 5.6      Overall: 5.2

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