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- #5 - The Spirit of America


- Issue Info

AAFES New Avengers #5 - The Spirit of America

(indicia: AAFES 5th Edition; October 2007)

Writer - Stuart Moore

Penciller - Cliff Richards

Inker - Joe Pimentel

Colorist - Sotocolor's A. Street

Letterer - Cory Petit

Cover - Dave Ross & Frank D'Armata

Production - Rich Ginter

Project Manager - Javon Frazier

Editor - Nicole Boose

Editor in Chief - Joe Quesada

Publisher - Dan Buckley

- Review
Stuart Moore wrote the fourth (and my personal favorite) issue in this series, "Letters Home." That issue must have been pretty well received, because he is the first writer to do a second issue of these specials. In this issue, we see Iron Man and Wolverine viewing videotaped messages from the dearly departed Captain America. It seems that before he died, Cap met a young Soldier, PFC Matthews, overseas. Matthews' brother is also a Soldier, working in the states on a top secret communications project. This project has gotten the attention of the evil terrorist organization A.I.M. Cap's mission for the Avengers - to protect the two young Soldiers from the terrorists. Iron Man takes Black Widow and Wonder Man to LA to look into the communications project while Wolverine invites Cyclops to travel overseas with him.

Moore again does a good job of giving us a good super hero story mixed with a touch of a military tribute. These comics work so much better that way than when they try to do the opposite (i.e. #2 - "Pot of Gold"). I had not seen any of Cliff Richards' art before, but it looks like a Marvel Adventures book. That's all right, because I like the Marvel Adventures line. Overall, I'd rank this a notch behind "Letters Home," but right up there with "Time Trouble" (#3) as one of the better of the series.

Grade: A

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