blogging by Andrew Wickliffe

Vengeance 3 (November 2011)

Casey and Dragotta spend approximately half this issue on a psychedelic trip. It’s not even through the Marvel Universe; they just have the Teen Brigade tripping while discovering the In-Betweener’s place in the universe. Sort of.

Casey goes so far as to hide their discoveries and decision-making to surprise the reader at the end. Except, of course, it makes absolutely no sense so it’s not much of a surprise. Most of Vengeance plays out crazy and then, a few pages (or an issue) later, Casey explains it.

Here, the Teen Brigade saves Doctor Octopus from the teen villains. It gives the issue a great big fight scene, which Dragotta relishes. It also gives Casey the opportunity to write some amusing banter for Doc Ock, even though he now looks more like the brain from “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

Vengeance‘s a wondrously confusing mess of pseudo-anti-mainstream goodness.

One response to “Vengeance 3 (November 2011)”

  1. vernon wiley

    You were spot on when you said you didn’t think Marvel published comics like this anymore. They Don’t. This is the last one that I know of. Enjoy.

    PS- Nick Dragotta is easily one of the most under utilized talents of his generation.

    PSS- Don’t get all cozy with Joe Casey. You know how relationships like this end. I’m not blaming him. It’s just me.

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