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Avengers, Vol. 1 Paperback – August 10, 2011

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (August 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078514501X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785145011
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The art was a normal for Romita Jr. I highly enjoyed it and it was a good read.
All that aside, it is well-drawn (if you like John Romita JR's artwork, and entertainingly written by BM Bendis.
Mr. Mice Guy
I like the fact that he is going for bigger stories but this arc kind of missed it a little bit for me.
Patrick Harrington

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 1, 2011
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- Iron Man (as a crazed Wonder Man plows into the Avengers): "Avengers assemble!"
- Spider-Man: "We were assembled until he knocked us over!"

Whosis the whatnow? Things always get screwy when time travel factors in, especially when Kang the Conqueror is temporally terrorizing it up. Fortunately, unlike the new New Avengers, this particular chapter of the World's Mightiest Heroes is comprised of classic Avengers familiar with Kang and Immortus. If Brian Michael Bendis intends to return this title to its former heights, a large-scaled time travel epic ain't a shabby way to start. Meanwhile, I'd already forgotten about the Heroic Age branding.

No sooner is the first official team meeting convened at Avengers Tower - and former S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Maria Hill introduced as team leader - than an agitated Kang the Conqueror bursts in. And because proprieties must be observed, Thor punches him so hard Kang is launched several blocks, after which the dust settles enough to initiate a discourse. It turns out that Kang the self-styled time warrior (but Steve Rogers dubs him a "time terrorist") is asking the Avengers for help. Because one hundred years from now, Ultron has ravaged the land and the Avengers' children stand on the cusp of annihilating the world. Our heroes eye Kang dubiously. They go anyway. But they bring a newly recruited cosmic-type hero with them. So what if he used to play for Norman Osborn's team?

AVENGERS Vol. 1 collects the first six issues of this relaunched title, written by the Bendis and penciled by the mighty, mighty John Romita Jr. It's a pretty good read, even if you may have to re-read the thing to get fully caught up with all that went on.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Axel on January 27, 2011
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These first six issues of the relaunched Avengers series represent a strong opening by the excellent creative team of Romita and Bendis. Shortly after agreeing to an invitation by Steve Rogers to assemble once more, the Avengers are confronted by the possibility of a threat to end all existence. Chronal anomalies are causing widespread chaos in New York, and the Avengers are assailed by a seemingly endless parade of villains, strange creatures or confused allies. To save the present, a special team agrees to travel into a possible future, in hopes of defeating a near unstoppable villain who nearly wiped them out before.

If the basic plot described above sounds good on paper, it's almost as satisfying in the execution. Bendis manages to weave, a generally entertaining tale in which our heroes are besieged, time paradoxes are let loose, and where the pace is equal parts frantic and relaxed. As usual, Bendis' ability to write characters who seem three dimensional is on display, but he is unable to comletely hide his affinity for certain characters. Spider-man here is mostly provided for comic relief, and his Spider-women seems oddly ineffectual, although in such a busy story, it's unrealistic to expect that every character will get an impressive showcase. Bendis also appears to quite like writing Tony Stark, who remains front and center throughout the six issues collected here.

Unfortunately, not all chapters of this saga are equally compelling, and while the basic premise of the story means we get to have some fun, the busy-ness of the plot and the slightly anti-climactic ending, take away a little from your enjoyment.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By UltimateFan on August 18, 2011
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Bendis is a fantastic writer. Romita, Jr. is a fantastic artist. So why only 3 stars? First, although the dialogue is fine, the time-travel plot is somewhat confusing and muddled. And the payoff wasn't really worth the read to me. Second, Romita Jr.'s pencils here seem a bit rushed. There are some panels that look awesome. Then others look hurried and a little shabby. I read somewhere that he was working on another book at the same time. This and the fact that he has self-described his drawing style as the "deadline style"(which usually isn't a problem, but here it shows) unfortunately contributed to the inconsistent look of the pencils found in this book. This is a shame because I really love most of his stuff. Also, the coloring job(which I know was not Romita's) was poorly executed in my opinion. The colors seemed washed and lackluster. For me, an Avengers book should be full of bold, rich, eye-popping colors that really dance on the page! The coloring here was so bland and weak that at first I thought that maybe it was just my copy. But then I looked at another copy in the nearest comic book shop, and I saw that it was not just my book that looked this way. Why would they do this to an Avengers title? Lastly, I hadn't been keeping up with the Marvel 616 Universe, and I didn't know that Bucky was now Captain America. I HATE this! There is, and will always be only one Cap to me - and that's Steve Rogers.

In the end, I found this book mildly amusing. But I was really hoping for more with this pairing of industry giants. There are some cool scenes in this book. Overall, it's not bad. Just don't expect anything great.
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Brian Michael Bendis is an award winning comics creator and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For the last eleven years, Brian's books have consistently sat on the top of the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.
Brian is currently helming a renaissance for Marvel's popular AVENGERS franchise by writing every issue of the NEW AVENGERS plus debuting the hit books MIGHTY AVENGERS and DARK AVENGERS along with the wildly successful 'event' projects HOUSE OF M, SECRET WAR, SECRET INVASION, and SIEGE.
This summer will see the blockbuster new line-ups for AVENGERS and NEW AVENGERS.
Other recent projects include the groundbreaking SPIDER-WOMAN MOTION COMIC, that debuted number one on iTunes TV sales chart and the New York Times best selling HALO graphic novel.
Brian is one of the premiere architects of Marvel comic's Ultimate line of comics. A line of comics specifically created for the new generation of comics reader. He has written every issue of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN since it's best selling launch in 1999, and has also written ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR, X-MEN, MARVEL TEAM UP, ORIGIN, SIX and the ENEMY trilogy.
He is creator of the JINX line of crime comics published by image comics. This line has spawned the graphic novels GOLDFISH, FIRE, JINX, TORSO (w/ Marc Andreyko) and TOTAL SELL OUT.
Brian's other projects include the Eisner award winning "POWERS" (w/Mike Oeming) from Marvel's creator owned imprint ICON, and the Hollywood tell all "FORTUNE AND GLORY'. Entertainment Weekly gave both projects an "A." SONY and FX networks are currently developing POWERS for series with Brian as exec producer.
Brian is currently adapting his spy graphic novel FIRE for Universal Pictures as a starring vehicle for Zac Efron.
Brian is a member of Marvel studios creative committee, which consults on their numerous ongoing film projects. He has consulted on IRON-MAN and IRON MAN 2 and is currently consulting on THE FIRST AVENGERS: CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR and THE AVENGERS
Brian has won five prestigious EISNER awards, including 'Best Writer of the year' two years in a row. He has also won over two dozen Wizard comic awards. Brian is the recipient of the Cleveland Press 'Excellence in Journalism' Award and was named "Best Writer of the Year." by Wizard Magazine and Comic Buyer's Guide for three consecutive years.
He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Alisa, his gorgeous daughters Olivia and Sabrina and his dogs Lucky, Max and Buster.

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