Author: Kelly Sue DeConnick and Warren Ellis
Artist: Matteo Buffagni
Publish Date: 2014
Kelly Sue DeConnick is quickly becoming one of my favorite comic writers out there. It’s pretty much gotten to the point where if I see her name on it, I’ll pick it up even if its a comic series I normally wouldn’t be interested in. However, Avengers Assemble: The Forgeries of Jealousy had an overly fluffy tone to it that I normally don’t find in DeConnick’s work. You don’t need to have read any of the previous volumes of the Avengers Assemble run to follow what’s going on here.
After her social studies teacher goes missing, Spider-Girl seeks out the Avengers for help in locating him. Since all of them are busy, most of the team take turns helping Spider-Girl out and in the process finds out that the situation is more severe than just a single MIA teacher. With a plot like that and the overall wish-fulfillment tone of Spider-Girls interactions with the Avengers, I’m thinking this book was meant to be geared toward teenage girls. If it was, then I would assume it’s fairly successful at it as Spider-Girl acts as a good self-insert character for that audience. Reading this as an adult, I think if I had picked it up as a first year in high school I would’ve enjoyed it more. But I do think it did a good job of not completely alienating it’s already present fan-base by pandering too much to one audience. However, compared to the previous volume of Avenger’s Assemble that DeConnick wrote, this was extremely lack luster. Dynamic characters and interesting plots were pushed aside to drag Spider-girl into the mix and have her gallivanting around with Black Widow, Spider-Woman, Wolverine, Iron Man, etc. Also, DeConnick seems to really love her some spider based superheroes because this run is starting to get bogged down with them. Spiderman has made occasional cameos, Spider-Woman is a staple to the group, and now we have Spider-Girl squeezing in. It get boring and a little annoying when too many superheros with similar powers are clustered together like this.
All in all, this volume was extremely fluffy but not bad. If you’re looking for something light-weight to read or want to give something to your teenage niece who’s a fan of the Avengers movie then I would recommend this.