Avengers: The Final Host (Vol. 1)
By: Jason Aaron (Writer), Ed McGuiness (Illustrator), Ed McGuinness (Illustrator), Sara Pichelli (Illustrator), David Marquez (Illustrator), Andrea Sorrentino (Illustrator)
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase
A new era for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! Steve Rogers. Tony Stark. Thor Odinson. The big three are reunited at last! And just in time to save the world from total annihilation at the hands of their most powerful enemies yet – the 2,000-foot-tall space gods known as the Celestials! Behold the coming of the Final Host! But who will answer the call as a new team of Avengers assemble? Hint: one of them has a flaming skull. As Black Panther and Doctor Strange battle for their lives deep within the earth, Captain Marvel faces death and destruction raining down from the skies…and what about the Savage Hulk? Plus, no gathering of Avengers would be complete without a certain Prince of Lies! But what world-shaking connection exists between the Dark Celestials and Odin’s ancient band of Prehistoric Avengers?
COLLECTING: AVENGERS 1-6, MATERIAL FROM FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2018
The Avengers and a threat in the form of the Celestials? Yeah, count me in! Jason Aaron has quickly become one of those graphic novel writers who I would immediately check out if he has a new series; I’ve enjoyed his run on Thor and Doctor Strange.
I really really enjoyed this volume. I haven’t followed the recent turnovers in the Marvel comics, just knew a smathering here and there about what was going on with certain storylines, but luckily you don’t have to know too too much about the other stories to know where our heroes are at. And it’s a familiar story: The Avengers have disassembled, again, and now there’s a new threat that’s out to destroy the Earth and all of its inhabitants.
But it was interesting for a number of reasons. I haven’t read many comics featuring the Celestials other than what I know of them, so it was really cool to see the Avengers–and Odin’s Prehistoric Avengers–face them. Speaking of which, Odin’s Prehistoric Avengers were really cool too, predecessors to many of the characters we know in the modern line-up. And of course there are the present-day Avengers; it’s always great to see Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor together (especially after the events of Endgame ;_;) and then of course there’s the others like Black Panther, Doctor Strange (!!! I need his new movie like, yesterday; Jason Aarons’ run with Doctor Strange is also worth checking out, I should add), Captain Marvel, She-Hulk, and the Night Rider (very cool addition by the way, he had a number of great moments).
I always enjoy Jason Aarons’ storytelling, I think he does a really good job in handling this big stories of godly and epic proportions with multiple storylines running. He also gets the characters so the chemistry and snappy one-liners were pitch perfect IMO. Overall I really enjoyed this volume, and wraps up quite nicely with some story threads that can move forward. I wouldn’t mind picking up future volumes and reading where the story goes.