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Classic Avengers Greatness
on April 16, 2013
Let's go back in time to the 1980's, Reagan is in office, the cold war is tense, and Marvel comics had hit a stride that hasn't really been replicated since. So many great comic runs happened in that time, Claremont's X-men, Byrne's Fantastic Four, Michelinie and Layton's second Iron Man run, PAD started his hulk run and Simonson wrote and drew Thor. Then we come to the Avengers, there were so many good runs during the 80's especially Roger Stern's legendary run and during the 80's an experiment of sorts occurred. A second Avengers title was created, Avengers West Coast, with a second team of Avengers. And the stories were amazing. The series started out slowly but built up momentum fast, with amazing stories and characterization. We had villains like the Grim Reaper, Ultron, Zodiac, Phantom Rider and Graviton and more. We saw characters grow and change like nowhere else. It was a magical title.
The stories reprinted here are classics in every sense of the word, while the art might not be to everyone's liking, I love it myself. The reproduction value is incredible as well. Yes this uses thinner paper but like I said in my Review of the Iron Man by Michelinie, Layton and Romita jr. omnibus , this actually makes it easier for me to read and carry. The books is sturdy with a sewn binding and won't fall apart on you anytime soon.
For extras the book contains the front and back cover for the first three hardcover collections in recolored art.
The West Coast Avengers/Avengers poster to promote the series, the cover of Amazing Heroes 72, Pages from the official handbook of the Marvel Universe, Marvel Age Annual 1 preview containing the comics discussion of this series and Marvel Age 29 cover and interview about the series. As well, like most marvel omnibus editions this contains pin-ups of the two versions of the Omnibus covers. All in all this is an amazing collection and well worth a purchase. Highly recommended.