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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (November 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078514885X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785148852
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,565,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm still not quite sure how that psychopath Norman Osborn was able to bamboozle his way into his dark reign over the Marvel Universe, but it's over now. Green Goblin has finally revealed himself to be the utter evil assclown that he is and the government has sheepishly handed the reins over to someone infinitely more trustworthy: Steve Rogers, the original Captain America. With Osborn now cooling his heels in the clink (for however long that lasts), there's a trumpeting of a new golden era, a heralding of... a Heroic Age. That's what Marvel Comics is calling it. I react with a raised eyebrow. This has, of course, nothing to do with that other comic book company over yonder ushering in its own similarly themed venture (except they're calling it Brightest Day).

One fallout is this big trade collection. Check this out: THE HEROIC AGE trade collects AVENGERS #1, NEW AVENGERS #1, SECRET AVENGERS #1, ENTER THE HEROIC AGE, HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #1, AVENGERS ACADEMY #1, ATLAS #1, AGE OF HEROES #1, HEROIC AGE: PRINCE OF POWER #1, ORIGINS OF MARVEL COMICS, and AVENGERS ASSEMBLE. It's actually not a bad deal. Marvel, in its yen for the dollar and its fiendish knowledge of its fan base, has amassed a collection of what amounts to sneak peeks. It mostly concerns the Avengers-centric titles. In fact, the advent of the Heroic Age resulted in the canceling of the core Avengers titles, with an eye to relaunching it as the decks get shuffled again. Who goes? Who stays? And on which team? Which new members will show up? Does Marvel dare to not feature its two most popular heroes - Spidey and Wolverine - in an Avengers team?

As it turns out, Marvel ends up putting both Spidey and Wolverine on two Avengers team.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason Berk on May 7, 2011
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This book is a useless collection of short, vignette-style stories that start and abruptly stop, so that the reader quickly becomes frustrated because there is no story development whatsoever, and no cohesive story whatsoever. I guess Marvel expects readers to buy this book, actually read all of the tiny story-less stories, and then actually go and buy ALL of the actual trade paperback volumes that expand on each tiny story-less story? Kind of dumb. I'm not doing that!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 1, 2011
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"The Heroic Age"
(Marvel Comics, 2010)
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This anthology book provides a good snapshot of where Marvel Comics is headed in the (apparent) aftermath of its nearly decade-long parade of continuity-changing, mega-crossover "event" books (House Of M, Civil War, Secret Invasion, Dark Reign, Seige, and several others I may have missed...) For those wishing that Marvel would get back to basics and produce good, old-fashioned, free-standing super-adventure books, this new direction is being billed as what you've been asking for. Of course, there's a lot of tie-in activity, and tidying up after all the meta-events -- the resurrected Steve Rogers is now the new Nick Fury, in charge of global policework and espionage, and he's widening the ranks and scope of the Avengers, so that pretty much anyone who's not in the FF (and even some who are) is now part of the far-flung group. This particular volume is not actually a graphic novel, per se, but rather a collection of "Number One" issues and one-offs from various relaunched, new, and re-imagined titles -- there is some cohesion, but more than anything this is a snapshot in time showing what's meant to be a return to "normal" for the Marvel Universe... You'll have to start reading the individual titles to see where they go from here.

Anyway, it's been a long, strange, and frequently wearying trip. Looking back on the meta-event decade, I find myself surprisingly nostalgic, and now more willing to go back and reassess what Bendis and company have wrought. I'm also curious to see where Marvel takes it from here, to see if they can successfully simplify things and make more streamlined books that are fun to read again. Here's hoping! (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain book reviews)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SilverFlash on April 29, 2011
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I guess I only have myself to blame for buying this book based on its cover (you just gotta love seeing Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man standing shoulder to shoulder like the Avengers of old). I love graphic novels and trade paperback collections and I just take it for granted that they are going to either tell a complete story or present an anthology of standalone stories. This book is a collection of first issues from a particular point in time (following all the mega-crossovers of the last decade), that Marvel is calling the Heroic Age. None of the individual issues tell a complete story, nor do they tell an overall interrelated story.

I would say this is just advertising that Marvel has cleverly found a way to get its fans to pay for, and at the price, pay too much for. Some of these issues may be the beginning of runs that will stand the test of time. So in the future, if I decide to buy the series trades for Avengers, Secret Avengers, Avengers Academy, or what have you, I will get to buy these #1 issues again. Had I known what I was buying, I would have saved my money.
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