Writer: Jed McKay
Artist: Carlos Magno, GURU-eFX, VC’s Cory Petit, and Kei Zama
Release Date: February 3, 2021
There came day unlike any other, when the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes gathered together to do the impossible: form their own toy line. At least, that’s what I think is the point of this comic. This comic is told out of continuity with familiar heroes people recognize yet uses elements of the current team’s standing. Like Thor’s new look by writer Donny Cates, Bruce Banner being on the team even though he’s on the outs with the Avengers right now, and the Avengers’ HQ is still the dead Celestial, Avengers Mountain.
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So, the story starts well enough with a classic scenario of the Avengers gathering together to fight a giant monster, this time a “biomechanoid” creature. You’ve got Captain America (Steve Rogers), Thor, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Black Widow, The Hulk, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) working together. You see the Avengers working together, fighting the monster, saving lives, and then Black Panther comes in for the save.
Although how he saves the day is poorly explained and feels like he was more of a deus ex machina here to end the fight. Also, the comic doesn’t show off its main selling point enough: the mechs that the Avengers are supposed to be showing off. The comic does go into some detail on the new threat, but the design of the monster feels like it’s a Decepticon reject from Michael Bay’s Transformers movies. Even the new monster’s ability isn’t the most inspired power we’ve seen in Marvel comics.
Honestly, this comic sets itself up as a fun, high-octane adventure for the Avengers to face a new threat that requires everyone, even the Hulk, to get their own mech suits. But we rarely see them here at all. I recommend readers wait till the next issue before getting Avengers Mech Strike #1 if they want to see more of the Avengers Mechs in action.