Writer: Jed MacKay
Artist: Carlos Magno
Color Artist: Guru-eFX
Cover Artists: Kei Zama & Guru-eFX
The Avengers in Mech! The world is under attack by mysterious biomechanical giant monsters and the only way the Avengers can stop them is with their own mech suits. One for Cap, Black Panther, Spider-Man, Black Widow, Thor, Captain Marvel, and even the Incredible Hulk. Now that they’ve uncovered the true mastermind behind the attacks, Avengers Mech Strike #3 shows what the Avengers will do to stop him.
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Okay, so Jed MacKay is doing his best to make this comic feel like it’s the end of the world and everything’s crumbling down. Kang The Conqueror was revealed to be the mastermind behind the biomechanics, he infiltrated Avengers Mountain, killed T’Challa, and took over their new HQ. Now he’s unleashed armies from all across time to fight the Avengers and conquer all of time. Supposedly.
I say that because it feels like Kang is more concerned with destroying the Earth than conquering it. Also, MacKay is recycling plenty of concepts and past stories used in past Kang The Conqueror stories and it feels a little generic here. On top of that, the Biomechanoids themselves basically take a back seat here as Kang’s new armies start to pour in from all across time. Granted, the comic doesn’t clearly establish if they’re really operating under Kang’s direct orders or if he’s just letting them attack anything they want on sight.
MacKay does nail down how to write the Avengers as a working unit, nailing their personalities down, at least as far as this comic, and making them feel like a team. It’s not the best but it’s better than what readers usually get than the main Avengers book these days. That said, not much happens in this book. The Avengers are just trying to pull themselves together and figure out what to do next as the chaos envelops the Earth.
There’s not much else to the story than that. Kang himself doesn’t even show up that much in the comic either. The art by Carlos Magno and colors by Guru-eFX certainly do the time-traveling conqueror justice as we get some good shots of him in this comic like the last issue. However, there is one big moment at the end that is the only major development in this comic. I’ll explain more in the Spoilers section.
Okay, so the Avengers are getting overwhelmed by Kang’s armies from across time and are just trying to survive. Then all of a sudden, someone teleports them all out of danger and to safety in space. Who needed up saving their bacon? Thanos of Titan, that’s who. Thanos is going to be working with the Avengers in the Mech Strike series to thwart Kang’s goals because no one trifles with the Mad Titan. And if you saw any of the upcoming covers, Thanos will even get his own mech suit.
However, there is a bit of confusion with Thanos. The way he introduces himself clearly shows that he might not be from another reality or timeline. So, we’re possibly looking at a time-displaced Thanos so he’s not familiar with the Avengers, and I’m sure MacKay will use this to his advantage and write the Mad Titan his way without worrying about character continuity.
Avengers: Mech Strike #3 is upping the ante in this series. There’s not too much story development, but there’s plenty of action to go around for all of the Avengers. The art from Carlos Magno and Guru-eFX’s colors continue to be impressive. While Kang’s plot continues to unfold, there’s a big revelation that could possibly make or break this series’ upcoming issues.