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Marvel’s comic event of the Spring kicks into high gear as former Captain America, Steve Rogers, learns a secret so devastating it could shake up the Marvel universe in a very big way.

Writer Nick Spencer delivers on the mystery and intrigue in the opening book of this mini-series. For fans who read the prelude book, Welcome to Pleasant Hill, we already have a pretty good idea of what’s going on, but it is fun to watch as the writer strings Steve Rogers along, leaving little breadcrumbs for him to find that eventually lead him to the bigger reveal. The story is definitely not heavy on the action, but I don’t think it needs to be. Based on the titles slated to be a part of this event, this issue seems like it’s more of a bookend, and most of the action will probably happen in the tie-ins.

The artist here is Jesus Saiz, and he does a solid job. As previously mentioned, there wasn’t a whole lot of action in this issue, so he had to do a lot of expression drawing, and close in shots. Fortunately, Saiz seems to be pretty good at those, which made reading through this issue a lot more pleasant than it could have been.

Overall, I like this story and where it seems to be going, but I still wonder if maybe the conceit was revealed a bit too early. I can’t help but ask what else the creators have in store for us. One thing is for sure though, I will be along for the ride to find out.

The Verdict for Avengers Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill Alpha #1:
4 out of 5

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Until next time,
Stay nerdy, my friends.

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