- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Marvel; Revised edition edition (June 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 078510741X
- ISBN-13: 978-0785107415
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Essential Avengers, Vol. 2 (Marvel Essentials) Paperback – June 1, 2000
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Top Customer Reviews
I guess what we have here is fundamental proof that Stan Lee, at the height of his powers, had his limits - while turning out great stories in Fantastic Four and Spider-Man, this title suffered. Stan even appeared to realise that as, part of the way through this volume, a new writer was brought in: Roy Thomas.
Roy has shown himself to be a great writer of this form, but his first few stories don't really show him at his best. I believe that this was amongst his first published work.
On the plus side, however, the characterisation improves vastly, with some of the cast becoming easily distinguishable by their dialogue alone, a vast improvement from the period where all the characters spoke the same.
Not a showcase of the greatest Avengers issues, but of a period of transition. Things were better before this, and also improve after.
The scripts themselves are uneven. While the initial bickering amongst the team is fairly interesting (if only to hear Captain America, a product of the 40s, exchanging barbs with Hawkeye in perfect 60s tough-guy patois), the team soon begins to emit affirmations of hero-worship to each other like a couple of natural-born bootlickers at a Promise Keepers rally ("You're the man!" "No, you're the man!" <hug>)
The initial promise of Goliath's being trapped at the freakish height of 10 feet tall is squandered within a few issues, Hercules joins the team in an apparent attempt to bring Stan Lee's lofty dialogue back, the Wasp is her usual irrelevant self, and Captain America, the born leader, fails miserably to control the team and needs Goliath to straighten it out.
The issues do build some momentum, and classic battles with the Super-Adaptoid and the Whizzer rekindle the old magic of the Avengers.
Even with all the aforementioned flaws, this collection of the Avengers still beats most of the stuff on the newsstand and in the comics shops today.
Collected in Volume 2 are "The Avengers" #25-46 and Annual #1, which brings together the "original" Avengers with the Avengers of "today," against the Mandarin, Power Man, the Living Laser, the Swordsman, the Enchantress, and the Executioner. Thomas took over as writer with issue #35 and Buscema takes over as the primary artist with issue #41. The artistic improvement is obvious, especially for someone such as myself who was never enamored of Don Heck's artwork, but the more significant changes are coming from the writing. It was Thomas who brought Hercules into the mix, which upped the ante on the bickering in the group.Read more ›
The Avengers team changes, though mostly through addition. It begins with a team of Captain America, Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and the Scarlet Witch. In the course of the book, GoTliath (formerly Ant Man), and the Wasp are added to the line-up as well as Hercules, though Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch leave in the middle when the powers are on the wane,.
The feuding between Captain America and Hawkeye comes to an end thankfully. When Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch leave and are replaced by Goliath and the Wasp, he figures he has no chance of gaining leadership of the Avengers plus he seems to have developed a genuine respect for Captain America. He still manages to push back and challenge every other male to come on the team including Goliath and Hercules who could tear him apart.
This book also reprints the origin of the Ant Man from Tales to Astonish #27 and that's because Henry Pym plays such a "big" role in the book. He goes through a period where he can't shrink at all and is 10 feet tall and becomes the real muscle on the team prior to Hercules joining the team. He also takes on a leadership role when Cap has to disappear to deal with a long adventure in his own book. Pym is a central character and this has to got to be a high point for Pym in the role of Goliath.
Overall, the book has two big moments. The first is the first appearance of the Sons of the Serpents in Issues 32 and 33 and they make a great appearance as a sort of extension of the hatemonger character. Then, the Annual #1 is written by Roy Thomas.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son was excited to get this for his birthday, he's reading it every chance he gets.Published 21 months ago by Ian
Stories near the beginning of the franchise. Captain America, Hawkeye, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch - The "Kooky Quartet" in some of the best stories introducing... Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by G
It's a great time to be an Avengers fan, isn't it? And these stories are amazing. They seem to have some haters, but all I can figure is they think 50 years ago we already had... Read morePublished on August 21, 2011 by K. Sebastian
First attempt at shipping, item was lost. Unsure the problem, but seller made it all good re-shipping an excellent condition item as soon as possible.Published on December 5, 2009 by Marsha D. Kellum
The avengers hold a certain nostalgic enjoyment for me. The issues gathered in this volume present a terrific collection of stories circa the 1960's. Read morePublished on February 26, 2009 by L. mitchell
I honestly don't get the appeal of these books. Why bother making (or reading) black & white reprints of classic four-color comics...? Read morePublished on April 15, 2008 by Axton Blessendon, Jr.
This volume collects issues #26-46 (plus King-Sized Annual #1) of Marvel Comics' Avengers series that were originally published between February 1966 and November 1967. Read morePublished on October 21, 2007 by K. W. Schreiter