Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: David Marquez
Is everybody else ready for The War of the Realms? I know I am. But before we get their, and the Avengers comic does tie ins for it, we have to finish out this “Vampire Civil War” story. With their newest member, Blade, leading the charge, the Avengers have been knee deep in a vampire civil war. During this conflict they’ve faced both the Legion of the Unliving, and the Winter Guard, Russia’s own super team. Now in this issue, we see the story arc come to a close.
In Avengers #17, it’s a final showdown between the Legion of the Unliving and the Avengers. The odds are against Earth’s mightiest heroes, as the Legion has turned a whole prison into vampires. Facing both the prisoners and the Legion, the Avengers are here to put an end to the vampire civil war that’s threatening the whole world. But if that weren’t enough, at the same time, Russia’s Winter Guard are holding Dracula prisoner and conducting a brutal interrogation on him.
When I say brutal, I mean brutal. The last couple of issues have really been surprising to me with how violent they are. It’s not an absolute “18+ ADULTS ONLY” type, but there’s more than I was expecting from an Avengers title. But I also have to say, David Marquez is killing it on the art. It’s a little more blood and violence, but it’s good-looking blood and violence. His art does a good job of translating the actions, and the characters all look good. There’s one panel where I think Blade looks a little goofy, but it’s the one panel. It’s nothing that really hurts the book in any way.
I’ve really been digging this “Vampire Civil War” story arc. I think it’s been a lot better than the “Last Host” story that the book started with. Everything between that first story and this one has really been just set up for other stories. I think this story is a lot of fun, but there’s not really a definitive ending to it. I won’t go into details, but it’s left open enough that we’re for sure getting some more vampire shenanigans in the future. War of the Realms kicks off soon, and we’ll probably see more after that ends, but for now, it’s a little weak. But Jason Aaron has been playing the long game with his whole Thor saga, so I’m willing to wait to see what he’s got in store for the Avengers.
Avengers (2018-) #17
Avengers #17 gives us an ending for the “Vampire Civil War” story arc. The ending itself isn’t the strongest, but the story is good, and the art is fantastic.