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  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (September 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785123687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785123682
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Michael Bendis is an award winning comics creator and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For the last eleven years, Brian's books have consistently sat on the top of the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.
Brian is currently helming a renaissance for Marvel's popular AVENGERS franchise by writing every issue of the NEW AVENGERS plus debuting the hit books MIGHTY AVENGERS and DARK AVENGERS along with the wildly successful 'event' projects HOUSE OF M, SECRET WAR, SECRET INVASION, and SIEGE.
This summer will see the blockbuster new line-ups for AVENGERS and NEW AVENGERS.
Other recent projects include the groundbreaking SPIDER-WOMAN MOTION COMIC, that debuted number one on iTunes TV sales chart and the New York Times best selling HALO graphic novel.
Brian is one of the premiere architects of Marvel comic's Ultimate line of comics. A line of comics specifically created for the new generation of comics reader. He has written every issue of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN since it's best selling launch in 1999, and has also written ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR, X-MEN, MARVEL TEAM UP, ORIGIN, SIX and the ENEMY trilogy.
He is creator of the JINX line of crime comics published by image comics. This line has spawned the graphic novels GOLDFISH, FIRE, JINX, TORSO (w/ Marc Andreyko) and TOTAL SELL OUT.
Brian's other projects include the Eisner award winning "POWERS" (w/Mike Oeming) from Marvel's creator owned imprint ICON, and the Hollywood tell all "FORTUNE AND GLORY'. Entertainment Weekly gave both projects an "A." SONY and FX networks are currently developing POWERS for series with Brian as exec producer.
Brian is currently adapting his spy graphic novel FIRE for Universal Pictures as a starring vehicle for Zac Efron.
Brian is a member of Marvel studios creative committee, which consults on their numerous ongoing film projects. He has consulted on IRON-MAN and IRON MAN 2 and is currently consulting on THE FIRST AVENGERS: CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR and THE AVENGERS
Brian has won five prestigious EISNER awards, including 'Best Writer of the year' two years in a row. He has also won over two dozen Wizard comic awards. Brian is the recipient of the Cleveland Press 'Excellence in Journalism' Award and was named "Best Writer of the Year." by Wizard Magazine and Comic Buyer's Guide for three consecutive years.
He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Alisa, his gorgeous daughters Olivia and Sabrina and his dogs Lucky, Max and Buster.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. W. Schreiter VINE VOICE on May 31, 2008
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This volume collects the first six issues of Marvel's 2007 "Mighty Avengers" launch. Tony Stark/Iron Man and Carol Danvers/Ms. Marvel assemble yet another new team of Avengers including Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Janet Van Dyne/Wasp, Simon Williams/Wonder Man, Ares and the Sentry. Having first appearing in 1968's Avengers #54, in this plotline the maniacal robot Ultron returns to Earth to destroy all organic life. Ultron assumes Iron Man's body before changing into another familar form and hastening Earth's demise. A helicarrier crash leaves Natasha as temporary head of S.H.I.E.L.D. as the heroes try to stop Ultron. Brian Michael Bendis and Frank Cho are the writer and penciler/inker, respectively. Though the story is above-average for this sort of six-issue superhero arc, Bendis' dialogue is marred by intermittent thought balloons that grow tiresome. Frank Cho's art is superb, most notably for a few characters.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 7, 2008
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With the dust of Civil War settled, and new S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Tony "Iron Man" Stark starting his fifty state initiative, he sets his sights on creating a new team of pro-registration Avengers. Featuring some ultra-familiar faces, Tony's new team features himself, Ms. Marvel, Wonder Man, Wasp, Black Widow, Ares, and his former New Avengers team mate The Sentry. Things get kind of weird though as the Mighty Avengers embark in battle with the creatures of the Mole Man, especially when Tony morphs into an all-powerful female construct claiming to be the longtime classic Avengers foe Ultron. Were it not for the energy and surprising sense of wonder that writer Brian Michael Bendis manages to inject in Mighty Avengers, the book as a whole just wouldn't work. However, his lineup makes more sense than his original New Avengers lineup, and there are enough comedic moments sprinkled between the action pieces to keep you interested. One thing that should be mentioned though in regards to Bendis: what is with the thought bubbles? There are so many throughout this hardcover collection that you'll think you're back in the silver age, and they are quite annoying, especially when placed between the dialogue bubbles. Flaws aside, the real selling point of The Ultron Initiative is the gorgeous artwork of the great Frank Cho, who never disappoints. All in all, while Bendis' New Avengers is still a superior book, the Mighty Avengers get off to a pretty good start, and there is enough promise here for something really special to develop.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. on September 30, 2008
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Having purchased this on the basis of generally positive reviews, I was quite surprised at just how truly bad the Ultron Initiative was. Bendis has generated his share of controversy with the direction that he's taken a lot of Marvel properties, but there's really nothing controversial here, it's just plain bad. It's an empty story filled with vacuous, thoroughly unlikeable characters.

The dialogue and how it is presented, deserves calling out. The dialogue itself is juvenile, puerile, and consistently bad for all of the characters. It's like something out of junior high boy's locker room. There are multiple penis jokes, bestiality jokes (yes, seriously!), and there isn't a single character that doesn't come across as completely unlikeable. They're all either self-absorbed jerks (Wasp, Hank Pym, etc.), moronic self-absorbed jerks (Ares), or brain-dead sponges whose parts could have been as easily played by a pet rock (Sentry, and to a lesser degree, Wonder Man).

Then, to add insult to injury, all of the dialogue is constantly interspersed with thought bubbles so that seemingly every single bit of conversation includes a running commentary from each character on their own dialogue. Not only does this create for enormous blots of chat bubbles obliterating most of the art, every single character's internal commentary make them even more unlikeable than the spoken dialogue (which takes some doing). Every single one is portrayed as petty, mean-spirited, vindictive, and thoroughly despicable. If there's one thing the book leaves you with as you walk away, it's having taught you to completely dislike every single one of the Avengers and most of the supporting characters. If you like *any* of the characters, steer clear of this book as it will teach you to hate them all.
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The Civil War is over and Captain America is long gone; Iron Man aka Tony Stark has already implemented the 50 state Avenger Initiative and now he wants to recreate a new, core Avengers team. He gets the job done, but before even training together the team finds themselves up against the Avengers worst enemy in a brand new form and deadlier than ever. -summary

The Mighty Avengers written by Brian Michael Bendis spins out of the Civil War event, and it continues the follow up on Avengers Disassembled, House of M, and Death of Captain America most notably. It's also one of the earlier stories that begins to set the stage for one of Marvel's next major events being Secret Invasion. The series debut in 2007 continuing with Marvel's status quo changes, and it's one of three Avengers titles that was running at this time along with Avengers Initiative and New Avengers. It's actually a pretty good jumping on point, but I really wouldn't recommend skipping the events that lead here because they all had something very entertaining to offer. This TPB collects Mighty Avengers 1 - 6 with artwork by Frank Cho.

The story begins with an all out attack on the city by Fantastic Four villain The Mole Man, as he dispatches his subterranean creatures and the Avengers arrive to stop him. While this goes on, the book flips between past and present events, with the past following Iron Man as he assembles the newest Avengers team being lead by Ms. Marvel aka Carol Danvers. The new team is soon made up of Wonder Man aka Simon Williams, Ares the God of War also brother of Hercules, Wasp aka Janet Van Dyne, Sentry aka Robert Reynolds, Black Widow aka Natasha Romanoff and Iron Man himself.
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