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Avengers, Vol. 1: Avengers World (Marvel NOW!) Hardcover – April 30, 2013

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About the Author

Jonathan Hickman is an American comic book writer and artist. He is known for the Image Comics series The Nightly News and currently writes Fantastic Four, FF, and S.H.I.E.L.D for Marvel Comics.

Jerome Opeña is a Filipino comic book artist best known for his numerous collaborations with writer Rick Remender.

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Product Details

  • Series: Avengers
  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (April 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785168230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785168232
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Coming off of Brian Bendis' virtually unbroken monopoly on Avengers titles since 2004, Jonathan Hickman jumps right into the Avengers with what is perhaps not the most exciting of story arcs. A would-be world destroyer attacks Earth and the Avengers rush off to face him. Yawn. However, the first issue takes a bit of a twist when Earth's Mightiest are unceremoniously beaten (even Thor and Hulk) allowing for the promised expansion of the roster which feature several new characters including a new Hyperion (a pastiche of Superman) and a new Smasher (who some might remember as the repeatedly killed off member of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard). While the first arc, comprising the first three issues in this volume, seems generic, it soon becomes apparent that this has all been a staging ground for a much grander epic story. By the end of the volume, the nature of the Marvel Universe and what makes Earth so important starts to come into question.

Overall, this is a fun read and leaves you excitedly nostalgic for Marvel's New Universe which will play a heavy role in the overarching plot that Hickman will be overseeing. Like Warren Ellis did in newuniversal, Hickman wonderfully reenergizes the the New Universe concept and seamlessly draws it into the mainstream Marvel Universe, the effects of which will become more apparent in Avengers, Vol. 2: The Last White Event.

Hickman's writing is wonderful throughout and he gives a nice little nod to the Golden Age in issue 5. The new characters get their own little spotlights so you aren't left wondering who they are for the most part. Some might become confused near the end by Spider-Man's suddenly erratic behavior, but if you are following Superior Spider-Man, you should know what's going on with him.

All in all, this is a great start to what should play out to be an interesting mystery in the Marvel Multiverse. The Machine is Broken.
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Format: Hardcover
Brian Michael Bendis cast a pretty huge shadow on the Avengers universe following his decade-long run on the series. Many fans were left wondering who could carry the torch and not be intimidated by what had come before. Enter Jonathan Hickman, a master storyteller coming off a critically acclaimed run on the Fantastic Four. On that series, Hickman told a sweeping epic that lasted several years. The same could be said of his work on Secret Warriors. With that in mind, know that Avengers World will be the first chapter in another long opus by a master of the long story. Collecting the first six issues of Avengers, this story finds the core team (Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye) traveling to Mars to take on Ex Nihilo, a villain who launches origin bombs at Earth, in the hopes of recreating evolution on the planet. The battle doesn't go the way our heroes expect, and only Cap is able to escape. He soon begins an aggressive recruitment drive that finds the team taking on members from all corners of the Marvel U. We get Bendis mainstays like Spiderman, Wolverine, Spiderwoman and Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers). We also get newcomers like Shang Chi, Hyperion, Captain Universe, Smasher, Eden Fesi and Cannonball and Sunspot from the new mutants. A pretty well-rounded crew! The first 3 issues deal with the new team, and how they handle this threat. Jerome Opena handles the art on these issues, and it looks gorgeous. I was a big fan of his art on Uncanny X-Force, and it only seems to get better here. Issues 4-6 are standalone tales, featuring a new member of the team. Adam Kubert is the artist on these issues. I wasn't a big fan of these issues, as they felt like filler to me. I also felt Kubert's art was a step down from the stunning visuals of Opena. That's why I'm only giving this book 3 stars.
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I previously read and reviewed the inaugural volume of Hickman’s sister Avengers title, “New Avengers,” which I adored. This series, “Avengers,” is distinct in tone from that other title. Firstly, it draws from a much larger universe of characters (as the word “world” in this volume’s subtitle suggests). My first reaction upon reading this was that “Avengers” is attempting to match the scale of DC’s old “JLA” series, or of Marvel’s early “Ultimates” series, albeit with a team set in the Marvel Universe proper.

The six issues contained in this volume are divided between one “gathering of the team” storyline (#1-3) and three issues focusing on three subgroups of the expanded “Avengers World” (#4-6). The latter issues spotlight three new Avengers: Hyperion, the new Smasher, and the new Captain Universe. Viewed another way, all six issues are part of a larger, overarching storyline featuring a new group of villains (the Garden), a new character (Adam), and the fallout of the Garden’s actions in the first three issues.

Hickman does an expert job of juggling the various characters, giving depth to them, advancing their storylines, and concocting “big idea” stories that play out over several issues and engage the reader. While ambitious, mercifully his “big ideas” are not quite as convoluted and impenetrable as Morrison’s have become over the years. In scale and ingenuity, however, they do resemble Morrison’s runs on “JLA” and “New X-Men,” and in fact Hickman links Smasher’s origin story to a memorable scene from the “Imperial” storyline in “New X-Men.” But distinct from those other blockbuster series is Hickman’s willingness to bring in obscure, even fringe characters, right off the bat.
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