Sunday, June 21, 2009

Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers #1

Chris Eliopoulos, Ig Guara & Colleen Coover
I missed out on this comic the first time around, but the second printing came out this week to meet the high demand (because who wouldn't want a comic like this?) for the debut issue of this four-issue mini-series featuring the pets of various Marvel superheroes. Included on the team are Lockjaw (The Inhumans' canine), Lockheed (Kitty Pryde's purple pet dragon), Throg (a frog whose origin is explained within this first issue, who has the powers of Thor), Redwing (Falcon's sidekick), Hairball (Speedball's cat who shares his powers), and Ms. Lion (who really doesn't have any powers, as he (yes, he) is the dog of Aunt May). There's a really nice dynamic between the pet avengers, who Eliopoulos took some creative liberties with to assign personality traits (Redwing's a snob, Ms. Lion is stupid and annoying and Hairball can't stand him (At least that's how he acts anyway)), and the book is drawn very nicely by Guara, with Coover handling the Throg origin story. The basic premise of the book has the pet avengers gathered by Lockjaw to track down the six Infinity Gems that together made Thanos' Infinity Gauntlet a god-like weapon. One gem was found by Lockjaw on the moon, and after Reed Richards explains to the Inhumans that they are scattered and must be secured (and they act as homing beacons to one another, so it should be easy to find the others), Lockjaw acquires heightened telepathy from The Mind Gem, which he uses to communicate to the other animals. Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers is a fun book, a little silly in the end, but obviously it's aimed for a younger audience than those that also read, like, the Punisher MAX series. It's just a nice family-friendly title. DC should take note and collect their Super Pets comics.

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