Teen Brigade

Vengeance 6 (February 2012)

Casey ends Vengeance congratulating himself for a job well done. It must be nice to be so unaware of the quality of one’s work. This final issue is a disaster–except Dragotta’s art–and the editor doesn’t help things. The issue opens with a letter from the editor explaining the history of the series…. Marvel had a […]

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Vengeance 5 (January 2012)

Oh, Joe Casey, so cute when you try to be smart… but so lacking in even the ability to Google. This issue reveals the big secret behind the Red Skull’s presence. It turns out–and this discovery shocks the leader of the Teen Brigade–the U.S. Government covered up Skull killing a bunch of Soviet super-soldiers. So […]

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Vengeance 4 (December 2011)

Huh. For the first time, Vengeance didn’t overtly impress me. There are some good scenes–like a WWII flashback to the Red Skull patting himself on the back for saving the world–and Casey writes Kid Loki well, but there’s definitely something missing. Maybe it’s the confusion. The only confusing scene this issue involves the Defenders (or […]

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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, […]

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Vengeance 2 (October 2011)

This issue’s recap explains all the previous one’s ending questions, which is nice. Even nicer is Casey doesn’t repeat the awkwardly uninformative ending this issue. Instead, he’s gotten Vengeance to a point where he can tease coming events and the reader is anticipating he and Dragotta’s take on them. Casey’s exaggerated in his realism, dropping […]

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Vengeance 1 (September 2011)

Once I figured out I wasn’t supposed to understand Vengeance, the issue went down a lot smoother. The comic starts off with weird happenings in the Marvel Universe. There’s a Red Skull flashback (in Nazi Germany), there’s a new teenage superhero finding some guy locked in a missile silo. Joe Casey’s able to embrace the […]

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