Lockjaw & The Pet Avengers


Writer: Chris Eliopoulous (and various)

Artists: Ig Guara (and various)

Colourist: Chris Sotomayer

Letterer: Blambot’s Nate Piekos

Covers: Karl Kerschl & Romain Gaschet

Collects: Lockjaw and The Pet Avengers limited series & Tales of the Pet Avengers

I remember laughing uproariously when I saw the first solicit for Lockjaw and The Pet Avengers. (By the way, I am almost certain to call this “Lockheed and the Pet Avengers” at some point—sorry!) It just struck me as such a ludicrous concept for a book. However, sometimes even the most ridiculous things turn out to be awesome, and this limited series is one of them.

The trade is broken down into three parts: Lockjaw and The Pet Avengers, Tales of the Pet Avengers and a Marvel Handbook of superhero pets. There are many different artists on the Tales of the Pet Avengers—if you want specifics on that, then visit ComicbookDB.

Our story begins with Lockjaw finding one of the Infinity Gems on the Blue Area of the moon where the Inhumans live. He tries to show it to Reed Richards and Black Bolt, but he gets shooed away. So, in his dog-like wisdom, he decides to enlist the help of some other superpowered or heroic animals, and their group is eventually dubbed “The Pet Avengers”. (Bit of a rubbish name, but it’s cutesey, so there you go.)

So we have Lockjaw, Throg, Hairball, Redwing, Lockheed, Zabu and Ms. Lion, a gender-confused dog. As diverse a group as you’ll ever see, I reckon. Together they set forth on a quest to recover these gems, of immense power. And that’s as much as I can tell you without getting spoilery other than that I loved Hairball’s snark and the wisdom of Throg—so incongruous in such a small beastie.

I was really surprised to find myself loving this trade. The storytelling is uncomplicated—the writer knows what story he wants to tell and gets down to it. The art really suits the story, too. It’s very clean lines without too much clutter on the page and while it’s a little cute, it’s not over the top. (I was worried that this would be an ultra-cutesy book, but thankfully it’s not!)

Tales of the Pet Avengers presents three stories starring Ms. Lion, Redwing and Lockheed. Each story is no more than three or four pages long and show character growth or heroism and are just plain fun to read!

Much as Dave and I complain about trades being padded out by Marvel Handbook stuff, I actually found the Pet Handbook to be really interesting. It’s not the sort of thing that I’d sit down and read in one sitting, but dipping in and out of it could be a good way to spend a rainy afternoon one day.

Overall, Lockjaw & The Pet Avengers is an excellent read. It does exactly what it set out to do—entertain—and it introduced me to Throg and renewed my love for Lockheed.

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Reviewer: Ang Williams

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