I got suckered in to buying a copy of Avengers #1, I’m not entirely certain how, but a few pages into the thing I was already taken out of the book. Steve Rogers is putting together his new team of heroes and he’s telling them all of the qualities and virtues that they exhibit; “…nobility and strength”, “cunning and bravery”, “power and responsibility”, “ruthlessness and…”
At which point, alarm bells went off in my head. Ruthlessness? You mean, like having no compassion or pity? I thought these were supposed to be the good guys again? I guess, you could consider Wolverine to be ruthless, but what about the whole “bright and shiny” new “Heroic Age”?
It’s not as funny as when reading Bendis’ script in an issue of Powers so long ago, featuring a lawyer objecting due to “heresy”, but it’s still odd.
— d. emerson eddy