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Avengers Assemble, Vol. 1 Paperback – January 12, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (January 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785144986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785144984
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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His characters are very distinct.
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With stories by Kurt Busiek and art by legendary George Perez, these are some fantastic stories.
Tim Janson
In reading the stories again, they were really well done.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M J Heilbron Jr. VINE VOICE on February 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"Avengers Assemble" is the first volume collecting the Avengers' most recent line of comics. This series re-started with a new number "one" issue immediately following the whole "Heroes Reborn/Heroes Return" thing from a few years back.

The key to this run's success is twofold: Kurt Busiek and George Perez. Busiek is a comic writer with a historian's knowledge of the past, yet a contemporary tone accessible to all readers. George Perez is on the very short list of great Avengers artists...only John Buscema comes to mind, although Kirby, Byrne and others had some stellar runs, and Neal Adams provided three classic issues.

But no one can fill a page with a multitude of costumed characters like George.

The tome opens with a three-issue Medieval adventure, the villainess being Morgan Le Fay. We get re-introduced to all the characters, setting up plot lines that extend through all eleven issues (plus an in-continuity Annual nicely drawn by Carlos Pacheco).

We get an old-fashioned "kickball team" issue. Every so often, there's a story where it's time to pick a new team. Some people make it, some people don't, just like back in the day when you waited to get picked to be on somebody's kickball team. It always ends with a group shot, everyone looking either up into a non-existent camera or out to an adoring throng, usually with the words "Avengers Assemble" emblazoned across the bottom.

The Squadron Supreme return for a few issues.

The "soap opera" aspects are nicely incorporated into the heroic goings-on. Binary/Ms. Marvel's little "problem." Scarlet Witch's nascent powers AND the whole thing with the resurrected Wonder Man. Hawkeye still doesn't like being second fiddle. Vision's still floating around. Thor still talks funny.
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The Avengers have always been my favorite Superhero team going back to the early 1970's. They've had consistently good stories without the never ending sub-plots and sub-sub-plots of the various X-men titles. This hardcover graphic novel collects the first 12 issues of the Avengers Volume 3, the current series. With stories by Kurt Busiek and art by legendary George Perez, these are some fantastic stories.

The Stories in this set are: The Morgan Conquest from Avengers # 1 -4, "Supreme Justice" from avengers # 5 - 7, and "Clear and Present Danger" from Avengers # 8 - 12.

There's just nothing better than George Perez on the Avengers!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "extreme_dig_cm" on December 16, 2011
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Right after the craziness of Heroes Reborn in '96 & '97, the Avengers experienced a new direction with Heroes Return in 1998. We see this new direction here.

Highlights here for me...
*Issue 1- And there came a day...! Earth's mightiest heroes- yes, all 1 million of them- unite here to face a common threat. How many Avengers can fit in one comic? Maybe we find out here!
*Issue 4- The team is remade. A million Avengers is too many, so we pare it down to 7, plus 2 reserves. This is probably my favorite issue in this paperback. I love everything about it: writing, visuals & characters.
*Issue 8- Battle in an airport. And introducing Triathlon & Silverclaw! Are they friends, enemies, or maybe new Avengers? New story lines begin here.

First, the visuals- I consider myself a bit of a George Perez fan. His art style is somewhat cartoon-like yet hyper-detailed; some people really love it and some people not as much. As for me, I'm thinking I mainly like it here, even if I find myself preferring his 80's New Teen Titans work, which is also crazy-detailed. It's this amazing attention to detail that separates Perez from most other pencillers. He displays this same great skill with detail in his first Avengers run in the mid to late 70's, and I consider Perez to be among the greatest-ever artists to tackle Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
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24 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Michael F. Hopkins on August 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Take Kurt Busiek, one of the foremost writers of the past
15 years, a champion of deep characterization, mutiple
plotlines, and crisp language. With illustrator Alex Ross,
Busiek broke the bank with the Sequential classic
MARVELS, then proceeded to raid the game with his
signature series of costumed drama, ASTRO CITY. His
captivating UNTOLD TALES OF SPIDER-MAN can be seen
as a direct precedent for J. Michael Straczynski's
smash success on the regular title
over the last 3 years.

Does Busiek keep himself busy? Check his inspired take on
CONAN, his penetrating, heart-warming SUPERMAN: SECRET
IDENTITY, or the matchless yarnspinning of ARROWSMITH,
among other pinnacles.

Consider George Perez, perhaps the most diversified
master of Sequential Art in the past 30 years.
Group dynamics, cinematic poise, facial diversity,
individual body language, crunching action, intensely
quiet interludes are but a few of the qualities by
which this highly original illustrator has influenced
an entire generation of storytellers. With writer
Marv Wolfman, Perez helped forge DC's TITANS -Teen
and otherwise- into a worldwide phenomenon, split
the thematic cosmos with CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS,
then helped call the folktales home with HISTORY
OF THE DC UNIVERSE, and hooked up with acerbic
wordsmith Peter David to conceive two of the
hallamrks of David's groundbraking run on THE
INCREDIBLE HULK: FUTURE IMPERFECT and the
illustrated prose novel WHAT SAVAGE BEAST.

Perez established himself as a definite Sequential
power with his masterful realignment of WONDER
WOMAN in the mid-1980s.
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