Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers #2 (of 4)
Well, if you're not reading this series, I'm not sure this is going to pull you in. Marvel is doing something cool here. Yes, it's an old thing, very "Mr. Ed", very "Who's Talking Now", very (ugh) "G-Force"... but you know what? I like it. I really don't want to see Norman Osborn in every single issue of every single comic that comes out every week. I'm not knocking the mileage of it, but pretty much there's a cameo in every book I get. I'm starting to think there's a new Clone Saga in the works. I really am.
But I digress. Back to the story...
We left off with a who's who of the Marvel animal elite in the Savage Land about to be eaten by a very hungry dino.
Frog Legs of the Thunder Frog
Barbecue Red Wings (No, literally, Redwing)
Double Main course: Lock & Lock
Lockheed Dragon Steak
Lockjaw of the Inhumans
Hairball (of Speedball fame)
Ms. Lion (of Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends)
However, before the dino dines, enter... Zabu!
Zabu chases the dino off, only because it was defending its nest.
Introductions are made, and Zabu joins the team.
The team heads off to the next gem of the Infinite Guantlet, only to appear - right where they just were? Nope. Now they're back in time. Facing Skrulls? No. Devil Dinosaur! But this isn't your Zabu's Devil Dinoasaur. This is Back-to-the-Future style Devil Dinosaur! Devil Dinoasaur before he met Zabu! And he's young and feisty!
But guess what... not only must they avoid polluting the time/space time continuum of the dinosaurs (what? why?) they have to find the gem! Which, as it turns out, is in a nest of eggs that Devil Dinosaur is guarding. Maybe he is a she. Apologies.
Yes, you guessed it, not only is it a recycled concept many times over, but they recycled the plot for pages 1-3 for pages 5-12. Wow. I have to say, that's lazy writing. Even for talking animal comic books. Just lazy.
Lockjaw gets the gem! Ms. Lion makes the mission difficult practically in every panel! Hairball complains! Zabu growls at Devil Dinosaur! Redwing... tries to bail? What a jerk. Bird jerk. Lockheed references the still-missing Kitty Pryde, and refuses to go! They all escape!
Only to arrive hundreds of feet above a vast expansion of ocean.
Next issue: Pet Avengers All Wet!
(I can only hope they recycle that story for Marvel Divas)
It's talking animals. I'm not expecting Kingdom Come. However disappointing that they had to use the same dino storyline twice in one issue, it was still a great talking animal comic book. No Dark Reign on this parade! Hooray!