We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!
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Avengers: Twilight #1 Review:
In the first issue of this new miniseries, Captain America is powerless in a world that’s moved beyond heroes. Or, has it? As he discovers, he might need to jump back into action, one more time.
“Chip Zdarsky is just good at giving us something fresh though we’ve seen ideas in this vein before,” said host Justin Tyler. “His dialogue is always good and interesting.”
That said, he did raise some questions about how this works versus, say, Old Man Logan, where the anticipation is all about Logan popping his claws one more time.
Pete LePage called the book “intense” and “dark” but was excited to get further into the world and see what happens.
As for Alex Zalben, though he lauded Zdarsky for knowing “his way around a story” with some “really serious danger for the Avengers,” he added that the real stand-out is Acuña’s art, shouting out his “craggy old cap” in particular.
That said, Zalben did note the clear inspiration for the book in Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns — and in fact the original inspiration was DKIII. In particular, a sequence where Cap goes on TV with Tony Stark’s son seemed to have the “classic Dark Knight media savvy, media skewering.” But Zalben found the book “much more reminiscent of Kingdom Come… That also wasn’t a dystopian world so much as a world where the heroes have given up.” He also felt that Acuña’s art and coloring in the book were “a more exaggerated form of Alex Ross’s art” in terms of the “shininess of everybody, and the cleanliness” of the world. “I don’t know if [this] follows up on the long development time,” added Zalben, “but as a comic book, I think it’s very solid.”
Avengers: Twilight #1 Official Synopsis:
In a gleaming new world of prosperity, Captain America is no more. But Steve Rogers still exists, floating through an America where freedom is an illusion, where THE AVENGERS are strangers and his friends are long dead. But is the Dream? How do you assemble Avengers in a world that doesn’t want them? PLUS: A behind-the-scenes look at the making of this issue!