Marvel loves their little limited series in recent times don't they. They've been churning those babies out by the bucketload it seems. I keep missing little chunks of continuity here and there because it happened in part 4 of 6 of Captain America:Hail Hyrda or Daredevil:Reborn. These little series are both a curse and a blessing. One the one hand they give awesome creators a chance to work on major characters without them having to oust that persistant Marvel barnacle that is B.M. Bendis (although this particular one is by the barnacle himself. Damn that guy gets around)! One the other hand the little buggers seem to go right past me until I happen across them months later in my local comic shop's bargain bin.
That's what happened with Avengers:Prime #5.
This is a great little series. It's set just after Norman Osborn's Siege goes down the pan, Asgard falls and Cap turns all Nick Fury on us. It's all about the three Avengers big guns Cap, Thor and Iron Man getting the band back together after all the shit they've just been through.
That would be an awesome concept in itself without even throwing in rest of the chaos in the Nine Worlds stuff. I mean some of the scenes I found most enjoyable in this issue didn't even star the main guys. They were the scenes of Hela: Asgardian Goddess of Death throwing down on Amora: The Asgardian Enchantress and mythical hoochie mama! I mean these two really go at it in this issue with Twilight swords, chainmail mini-skirts and eldritch bolts flying every which way:
Foxy Boxing - Asgard Style
That's not to say that scenes with Cap, Iron Man and Thor aren't equally great. The team on this book have these guys down pat. The personalities and the interplay between all three characters is just terrific. It reminds you of why you loved them so much back in previous great Avengers runs when they would get as much coffee and go to as many bachelor parties as they would fight earth-shattering cosmic menaces together.
I mean just because Asgard is no more and the rest of the Nine Realms are coming apart at the seams, it doesn't mean that there's no room for a little good old fashioned male bonding:
..and that Ms. Marvel, Hoo Boy, girl has legs right up to her - -
Yup, that's right folks. When the universe is in dire peril Earth's Mightiest Heroes can be found discussing which one of them boffed Marvel Universe vintage hottie Patsy 'Hellcat' Walker.
Tony Stark, I expect this of, that dude would hump Fin Fang Foom's mom and then boast about it. As for Thor...he's a viking God, it ain't no thing to him! Hell, dude probably has a turkey drumstick in one hand and a flagon of mead in the other when he's getting it on. But Steve 'Mr Clean' Rogers ex-Captain America I'm surprised at you! Engaging in such locker room vulgarity, I guess being dead messed you up pretty bad.
In other news, here's Thor supplexing a dragon:
Right in the bread basket!
That's right loyal YouAreComicers. Classic (and thoroughly awesome) Thor villian (and incidently, humungous dragon) Fafnir shows up to poke his index finger at the God of Thunder and maybe mouth off a little too. He should just be glad he didn't get Frankensteinered for his trouble.
Okay people the last two sentences were about a giant mythical dragon smack-talking an Asgardian God and classic pro-wrestling tag-team finishing moves - if that doesn't make you want to pick up this book then I give up.
Mr. Bendis and Mr. Alan Davis we at the YAC tip our collective, but imaginary, hats to you.
Now I'm off to flip through my Defenders back issues to see if I can figure out what made Patsy Walker such a skank!