- Paperback: 568 pages
- Publisher: Marvel; Revised edition edition (November 3, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785107878
- ISBN-13: 978-0785107873
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Essential Avengers, Vol. 3 (Marvel Essentials) Paperback – November 3, 2010
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This collection contains the spectacular introduction of the Vision, the Avengers vs. the (old) X-Men, several battles with arch-foe Ultron, and the classic Avengers vs. Avengers thanks to the machinations of the time-spanning Scarlet Centurion. I'd give this compilation five stars, but the several issues featuring Hercules and the battles in god-ville are just plain dull. (Avengers #50 featured this crap? YEESH.) But don't let these few pages spoil the rest of the great fun.
This trade paperback collects issues #47-68 of "The Avengers," along with Annual #2. I first seriously started reading "The Avengers" with issue #53, which is where the Avengers battled the X-Men, who were my favorite Marvel group in the Sixties. At that point the lineup for the Avengers had, once again, changed. At that point it was Golaith, the Wasp, Hawkeye, and the Black Panther. Getting rid of Hercules and the mutant tag team of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch was a good move, although I can never really think of it as the Avengers unless Captain America is in charge (he bolts in the first issue here). But I never liked Hawkeye and thought making him the new Giant-Man and making Goliath into Yellowjacket, was ill-advised. The only reason I kept reading the book was because of the Vision, so that even when other Marvel superheroes who were incapable of sustaining their own books (e.g., the Black Knight) joined up it was the android that held my attention. .
The Vision first popped up in issue #57, created by Ultron-5 to defeat the Avengers. Instead, he became their most interesting member, although it would be a while before the whole backstory on his creation came to be. At this point the idea that he was "an android...Read more ›
It's interesting to see the first appearances of Ultron, who is one of the ultimate bad guys in the Marvel Universe, and his creation in the Vision. It's also unique that the Black Panther has to occasionally deal with issues in his homeland. The great thing about the Avengers is that members come and go and have their own lives to deal with too, which is why Cap, Iron Man, and Thor aren't around much.
The art, as mentioned in other reviews, is excellent. John Buscema is the definitive Avengers artist. Throw in Gene Colan and some early Barry Windsor, and this is a very good group of stories to read.
On minor quibble -- I think it would have been good to have included the first part of the X-Men crossover, which appeared in the X-Men series.
The collection is also blessed with art for most of the issues from John Buscema, who offers strong clean lines that add to the story (rather than detract, as so many of the artists of the 1990s and 2000s have done). Two issues are by the great Gene Colan, and there's even a few early issues by a young Barry Windsor-Smith.
There are some readers who don't consider these comic collections ''essential'' because they are black-and-white, rather than color. And there is some truth to that. The Windsor-Smith issues in particular are much more dramatic in color, but that isn't a sufficient reason not to recommend this collection for those who can't afford the originals or, like me, don't want to keep pulling their original copies out their plastic bags to reread. For more on the book, see my fuller review on squidoo under my name goldenrulecomics.
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They are Earth's mightiest heroes, created by the legendary team of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. United to fight the forces of evil too grand for one hero to do by his/her lonesome. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Def - W. F.
There is no compelling reason to purchase these books. If I wanted black and white comics, I would have bought a newspaper. 'Nuf said.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
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My son collects comics and has since he was old enough to read. These were ordered after Christmas and the shipping was quite slow but he was in no hurry for them. Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by P J Jones
I ordered this product and it was delivered quickly and in great shape. Exactly what I was looking for in the shape I expected.Published on August 30, 2011 by George
The awkward truth for fans of the Avengers is that the series stumbled about for its first few years due to ho-hum stories, journeyman art and unexciting character lineups. Read morePublished on August 4, 2011 by Inkstained Wretch
This is the stuff that Marvel legends are made of. This Avengers collection (covering issues # 47 to # 68 and Annual # 2 from 1967) is authored by Roy Thomas, John Buscema, Gene... Read morePublished on August 7, 2008 by G. YEO
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 #47-68 (plus King-Sized Annual #2) of Marvel Comics' Avengers series that were originally published between December 1967 and September 1969. Read morePublished on November 19, 2007 by K. W. Schreiter