Illustrated by Mike Deodato, Ramon Villalobos, Mark Bagley, Julian Totino Tedesco, Jim Cheung
Also written by Mark Waid, Charles Soule, Ryan North, Dan Slott, James Robinson, Al Ewing, Chip Zdarsky
In this cosmic event, The Avengers, some X-Men, and assorted heroes from all over the New York Area come together to figure out who shot Uatu, the Watcher who lives on the moon and sits idly by while the events in multiple realities play out. Aaron explains Uatu's tragic past and why he was doomed to always watch, rarely interfere, even when it came to his own death. This story also has the impetus for Lady Thor down the road, as Nick Fury whispers something in Thor's ear that makes him unworthy to hold Mjolnir. There are other Universe-defining events, including the passing of the Man on the Wall station to a new hero.
So I've come to this title many years after the fall-out, and I understand that many people disliked this book when it first came out, as they didn't like what Aaron did with Nick Fury in this book. However, since I've read things that came after this event already, I guess I was expecting it. I was missing some of Aaron's signature humor, however, as this book was fairly serious and straight-forward. Aaron goes on the write Doctor Strange, and I really enjoy his take on the character, but Doctor Strange in this story is a fairly one-dimensional character. However, I still enjoyed this peak into Oatu's past and the super team up of so many favorite characters.
Because of the amount of superhero-fighting and weapons involved, I would say this volume is better suited to high school audiences.
Sara's Rating: 7/10
Suitability level: Grades 10-12
Tags: Rating: 7/10, Suitability: High School, Comicbooks, Superheroes
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