Well, Sam's initial journey is wrapped up. I thought that it was very fitting that the end of the story was the return of the father. There was no better way to end it. The story starts with his dad missing and ends with his dad's return. With Sam becoming a hero along the way.
Not much of a mystery as to who gets the helmet; we all saw Sam in the All New All Different Avengers.
(Of course all of this confuses me; they are in Arizona right? Does Arizona even exist anymore now that the whole universe is Battleworld? Did dad get back right in time to be snuffed out of existance? I am not feeling this Battleworld thing at all. Seems dumb.)
Unrealistic hope that the "won't believe the ending" surprise would be Rich. No such luck, sadly. Just another sentence talking about how he is dead. *waves tiny fist*
In case anyone missed it; there is an "after credits scene" last page that seems to set Sam up for a future conflict.
I got every issue out of respect for Nova, which I know others here in the boycott camp think is foolish. But I did out of what I felt was respect.
Sam was a good character but never really became a full hero. He remained a dumbass to the very end. His last panels are him lamenting that he was a dumbass. And, you know, it is hard to root for a dumbass. That was the fatal flaw here. I know they wanted to set him low to make the classic heroes journey but they never really let him take that final step. And I felt that this held him back. I could not identify with him. We shall see how he plays out in ANAD Avengers.
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