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Being a super hero isn't easy, especially when you are a teenager! And the Champions all start feeling the pressure. The founding members are drifting apart as Kamala Khan questions what it means to be a hero, Viv deals with inner demons and Sam Alexander embarks on a quest to reclaim his Nova helmet. COLLECTING: CHAMPIONS (2019) 7-10


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Being a super hero isn't easy, especially when you are a teenager! And the Champions all start feeling the pressure. The founding members are drifting apart as Kamala Khan questions what it means to be a hero, Viv deals with inner demons and Sam Alexander embarks on a quest to reclaim his Nova helmet. COLLECTING: CHAMPIONS (2019) 7-10

30 review for Champions, Vol. 2: Give and Take

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Champions is the little book that could, but unfortunately, it can't any more. These final four issues do their best to tie up all the loose plot threads that Jim Zub has been seeding for the past six issues (and back further into the previous volume), but it's just not enough room to do the stories he's been building justice. The final confrontation with Mephisto and Blackheart feels rushed, and there's an entire Ultron subplot that gets forgotten which is just unfair. I do like that Zub Champions is the little book that could, but unfortunately, it can't any more. These final four issues do their best to tie up all the loose plot threads that Jim Zub has been seeding for the past six issues (and back further into the previous volume), but it's just not enough room to do the stories he's been building justice. The final confrontation with Mephisto and Blackheart feels rushed, and there's an entire Ultron subplot that gets forgotten which is just unfair. I do like that Zub revisited the two-Vivs plot from Waid's run to give it more of a well-rounded conclusion, but I just wish we had more. More, I say! What Zub doesn't forget in his haste to finish the series off is that it's the characters that make this series as compelling as it is. With Sam's return to the Nova mantle (which better stick this time, I swear), and the reconciliation of Ms. Marvel and Miles, the Champions core are reunited just in time for the ending, which feels hopeful and full of potential for the future. I just hope we get to see it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Volume 1 was better. Saying that this ended decently. Wrapping up why the champions are champions, what they fight for, and why they are friends. It's more cheerful and upbeat than the first volume and dealt with most of the story threads in a decent way. The art stays decent throughout. The thing is, it all feels just decent when it could be more. Hopefully they do big things in the future with the outlaw storyline. This is just okay. Nova still boss though.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Meghan Ryan

    I didn't expect this to be the end of the run. This was one of my favorite titles :( It was paced well and didn't feel rushed which can happen when a story is wrapping up. Great story that explored some different dynamics between characters. Definitely going to miss this team. Champions Charge!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brent

    It's sad that this title never managed to live up to its potential. The 'villain-of-the-week' structure became very repetitive and honestly quite boring after a while. There were some cool smaller arcs, but they always seemed either too rushed or too dragged out. This final volume isn't an exception. Zub had been building up the retrieval of Sam's helmet for quite a while, but the actual execution ended up being so inconsequential that you wonder why they even took away his helmet in the first It's sad that this title never managed to live up to its potential. The 'villain-of-the-week' structure became very repetitive and honestly quite boring after a while. There were some cool smaller arcs, but they always seemed either too rushed or too dragged out. This final volume isn't an exception. Zub had been building up the retrieval of Sam's helmet for quite a while, but the actual execution ended up being so inconsequential that you wonder why they even took away his helmet in the first place. The clichéd mind-control arc that finishes the run wasn't much better either. A big problem for Champions in general is that you were never given much time to connect with these characters. Eight volumes later and I still feel like I barely know anything about the original team. There were issues where they had a nice group dynamic going and it really seemed to be building up to something, but then the next bland adventure came along where they had to punch their way out of something again. Not to mention the countless new members that never got any development after their introduction. This final volume features a page with all of the Champions members on it (there are like 15 of them now) and while reading it I realized that I couldn't even remember half of their names. Most of the new previously existing members feel like they were just put on the team to save them from comic limbo. Fingers crossed that they downsize the team again after Outlawed next year.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    My rating for this feels kind of wobbly - both for the story and the author's note at the end. I was really surprised that this was the final volume, but it did wrap things up. This was a pretty good story, albeit forgettable. I was going to rate this lower before realizing that this was actually the end - and even though I wasn't super invested, I appreciated it. That said, I really disliked the author's note. Part of it might be because I'm not as "old school" with comics (I keep up with the My rating for this feels kind of wobbly - both for the story and the author's note at the end. I was really surprised that this was the final volume, but it did wrap things up. This was a pretty good story, albeit forgettable. I was going to rate this lower before realizing that this was actually the end - and even though I wasn't super invested, I appreciated it. That said, I really disliked the author's note. Part of it might be because I'm not as "old school" with comics (I keep up with the trade paperbacks, and those I usually wait for at the library before buying), but it felt to me like Zub was blaming readers for not buying every issue. I know he isn't, but saying stuff like "I'm sorry if I let you down" just feels indulgent. Obviously everyone did what they could with the constraints, but this isn't the Champions I fell in love with before.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Vince

    I just want a fresh start to this series, the original Champions team written by Jim Zub. An actual new issue 1, fresh story. Everything here is what I wanted, but it's just middling and one can't help but wonder what Jim could have done if he wasn't tasked with wrapping up the series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    I'm so disappointed this series has been cancelled, though I get why it wasn't drawing in the readers editorial was looking for. The biggest issue was simply the size of the team. There were easily twice as many members as any book could comfortably handle. I counted 15 in the last issue! And the vast majority of them were never used in any significant way. I don't know, maybe Zub had plans for all of these characters that he never got to use, but as is they look extraneous to the small core I'm so disappointed this series has been cancelled, though I get why it wasn't drawing in the readers editorial was looking for. The biggest issue was simply the size of the team. There were easily twice as many members as any book could comfortably handle. I counted 15 in the last issue! And the vast majority of them were never used in any significant way. I don't know, maybe Zub had plans for all of these characters that he never got to use, but as is they look extraneous to the small core that had been in the previous version of the book. That aside, it was a mostly fun ride. The note at the end hints that Marvel's young heroes will have something to do elsewhere, and I definitely hope that's the case. I really like the core team, and I like the way they work together.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rocky Sunico

    The Champions books have always been about hope and fighting for all the right reasons, which is perfectly suited for a teenage superhero comic. This book celebrates that with a supernatural complication in the form of Blackheart manipulating the team, which I suppose is a great way to end this particular run of the comic. The book manages to bring in all the different characters who have been part of the team and finally restored Nova's helmet, and thus his powers. It's a good way to wrap The Champions books have always been about hope and fighting for all the right reasons, which is perfectly suited for a teenage superhero comic. This book celebrates that with a supernatural complication in the form of Blackheart manipulating the team, which I suppose is a great way to end this particular run of the comic. The book manages to bring in all the different characters who have been part of the team and finally restored Nova's helmet, and thus his powers. It's a good way to wrap things up and it remains a shame that the comic won't continue beyond this - at least not in this present incarnation.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Christian Zamora-Dahmen

    And this is how Champions end. Its bittersweet because Jim Zub was finally connecting with the team dynamics and the entire (and huge) cast. It goes without saying that the crossover events worked against this title since it was launched. Its one thing to have a cohesive universe and an entirely different thing to miss important aspects of the main characters because their stories are all over the place and not necessarily in this book. As much as the shared universe idea is one of the things that And this is how Champions end. It´s bittersweet because Jim Zub was finally connecting with the team dynamics and the entire (and huge) cast. It goes without saying that the crossover events worked against this title since it was launched. It’s one thing to have a cohesive universe and an entirely different thing to miss important aspects of the main characters because their stories are all over the place and not necessarily in this book. As much as the shared universe idea is one of the things that make Marvel great, the lack of consistency within a series can mark its end. Champions could have stood in its own two feet, but instead, it got 8 feet, with 6 of them being completely invisible to us. Too bad.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Megan Farve

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ben Dorris

  12. 4 out of 5

    Memphis Evans

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gary Lee

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anas

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jonas Magnusson

  16. 4 out of 5

    Xander

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michele Carter

  18. 5 out of 5

    Henry Arevalo Arevalo

  19. 4 out of 5

    Philip Cosand

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dimitra

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rike @ RikeRandom

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  23. 5 out of 5

    AbdurRahman Elder

  24. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Howard

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nick Zinn

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kate

  28. 4 out of 5

    Grace

  29. 5 out of 5

    Igor Toscano

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

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