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Essential Avengers, Vol. 3 (Marvel Essentials) Paperback – November 3, 2010


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  • Paperback: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (November 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785107878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785107873
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #720,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you can afford it - wait for a more expensive colour reprint edition to really appreciate the Avengers in their true glory.
G. YEO
So whether you are a youngster who is new to these older comics, or an older person 40cough like myself, these Marvel books are brilliant buys.
S J Buck
This duo is one of the greatest in comics lore... and even demi-gods Barry [Windsor] Smith and Gene Colan show up to help out on art.
Dave Huber

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dave Huber on March 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
Easily the best volume of the three Avengers Essentials to date, we now see Rascally Roy Thomas at the scripting helm, along with Awesome John Buscema doing most of the art chores. Say no more! This duo is one of the greatest in comics lore... and even demi-gods Barry [Windsor] Smith and Gene Colan show up to help out on art.
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.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 16, 2003
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Volume 3 of "The Essential Avengers" is where the Marvel superhero group finally starts to grow up. Part of the reason is because John Buscema became the resident artist (through issue #62), marking the first time that the artwork was a strong selling point, but the more important reason was that the group finally came up with an original group member with the Vision. At that point the group really crystalized for me, so scripter Roy Thomas gets a big part of the credit.
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...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Domeier on December 7, 2008
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While the cover is a little misleading (Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor are hardly in this volume), Volume 3 of the Essential Avengers is still very good. This is not my favorite group of Avengers (Goliath/Yellowjacket, Hawkeye/Goliath, Wasp, Black Panther, and the Vision), but Roy Thomas does a great job of making the reader care about the characters, especially the Vision.
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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mrliteral VINE VOICE on April 14, 2006
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In the 1960s, there were three great Marvel superhero teams. The Fantastic Four were united primarily by family ties and the X-Men were technically classmates. The Avengers, however, were the all-stars, the equivalent to D.C.'s Justice League. In Volume 3 of the Essential Avengers, some of the "classic" Avengers may only be minimally present (Thor, Iron Man, Captain America), but that doesn't stop the team from being still the superhero elite.

Although the roster varies throughout the volume, the principal characters are Goliath, the Wasp, the Black Panther and Hawkeye. The Vision joins the group around midway into this book. Among the special things that happen in this volume are the first appearance of Ultron (who would wind up being one of the all-time great Avengers foes), the wedding of Hank Pym to Janet Van Dyne, the first real signs of Hank's fragile personality (when he becomes Yellowjacket), and Hawkeye's transformation to a new Giant-Man.

While not every story in here is a gem (either in writing or art), there is plenty in here that is fun. Nowadays, superhero comics are often much more sophisticated with more "human" characters; while this can be good, it is also nice to read comics that take place in a simpler universe of good vs. evil with storylines that are resolved in a couple of issues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Inkstained Wretch on August 4, 2011
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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. It wasn't really until the stories collected in this volume that the series began to find its focus and emerge as one of the best comics of its era.

This is the run where John Buscema came into his own as an artist, giving the stories a bolder, more dramatic look. Equally outstanding work is done by Gene Colan and Barry Windsor-Smith on fill-in issues.

At the same time writer Roy Thomas returns to the original idea of the team being earth's greatest heroes and gives them sizable menaces to fight like a reformed Masters of Evil and the renegade robot Ultron. He also reshuffles the line-up, bringing back Thor and Iron Man, adding the Black Panther and the Vision and reinventing two long-standing characters, Goliath and Hawkeye, as respectively Yellowjacket and the new Goliath. The result is a much more interesting collection of heroes and one that you could really expect to save the world from crisis after crisis.

In short it is just pure comic book fun. I give it four stars only because it took a little while to get going.
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