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About the Author

Alisa Kwitney is an writer of comedic romance novels and graphic novels. She was an editor for Vertigo Comics. Her master's thesis was published by Harper-Collins as her first novel, Till The Fat Lady Sings, in 1991. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: New Avengers
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785165169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785165163
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,053,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and recall the days when there were fewer strollers and more trannies on roller skates in Riverside Park. I have an MFA from Columbia University (though only a dim recollection of what I did to get it).

I have worked as a veterinarian's assistant, a Hebrew teacher, and a comic book editor for Vertigo/DC comics. I have also written some comic books. And I still have all my old Shanna the She Devil issues.

Somebody at Vera Wang once called me "the stupidest receptionist we've ever had." I only worked there for one day.

I currently live in an old farmhouse two hours from Manhattan, with my husband, two kids, two burmese cats and a big Chinook (the dog, not the helicopter).

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By SidheRa on September 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Here’s the thing: I’ve been waiting for this book to come out ever since it was announced. I am unashamed to admit that this was almost entirely because we were promised semi-official (or, at least, Marvel approved) Clintasha action. I’m a huge freaking Clintasha fangirl, so I was bound (and, admittedly, possibly determined) to like this thing.

I wasn't disappointed.

Little things like the author’s misuse of certain phrases aside, the prose is solid, readable, and well-paced. Kwitney does not have a boring authorial voice, and she handles the rejiggering of Bendis’ Breakout storyline well. In contrast with some bloggers, I was okay with the changes to the storyline/characters/lineup/etc. Then again, I was willing to put up with the changes when EMH did their version, too.

If you’re a purist, NA:B isn’t the novel for you. It’s decidedly not the comic book, and frankly, I would be sorely disappointed if I bought this only to read the comic version again. If I wanted the comic book version, I would just dig through my long boxes. Rightfully so, NA:B is a prose novel adaptation of Breakout designed for just the sort of reader I am: an intermittent comic book collector who enjoyed the movies and doesn’t need Hawkeye running around in purple spandex to appreciate the work (but, you know, hey - anytime they want to put Jeremy Renner in spandex? Please, be my guest. Just sayin’).

Bottom line: it’s a fun little ride of a book, one that’s a hell of a lot better than the X-Men ones Marvel used to put out when I was a teen. It’s good enough that I sat down with my copy the day I received it, and then I wrote this review four hours and a dinner break later. Months on, I've read this again, and I was pleasantly surprised that it bore repeating.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Heather Waters on January 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
As a huge fan of Joss Whedon's The Avengers movie but a comics newbie, I was excited to have the opportunity to read Alisa Kwitney's New Avengers: Breakout prose novel, as it was written to blend certain elements of The Avengers movie (perhaps most notably the chemistry between Hawkeye and Black Widow) with Brian Michael Bendis's New Avengers: Breakout comics storyline. For me, this book was a fantastic way to ease more into the Avengers comics universe--I was introduced to new characters (Luke Cage and Spider-Woman are on the team here) and places (the Raft, the Savage Land) but could still see the influence of the movie (we get to see Hawkeye and Widow's first meeting, which brings to mind their back story in Whedon's movie). Plus, the dialogue was witty and the pacing made for a fast, thoroughly enjoyable read.

Note: I received an advance copy of New Avengers: Breakout prose novel in return for an honest review; longer review at HeroesandHeartbreakers.com
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Hiebert on March 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed this novel. I'm a superhero fiction nut and found the romantic angle of this novel an interesting change even though I am not a Hawkeye fan. (In fairness, I don't like archer characters in any universe. It's easier for me to believe people can fly than they can fight crime with a bow and arrow). The prose was crisp, the story, fast moving. It does have a romantic edge to it, but again, I found that a pleasant change. And, isn't this an adaptation of a graphic novel?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By woodfrogs on February 9, 2013
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Good treatment of the backstory between Black Widow and Hawkeye.
Looking forward to more from Alisa.
I just wish it had been longer (because I read quickly)
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By HSD on April 7, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
New Avengers: Breakout Prose Novel, was one book that I enjoyed the whole way through. Although I am fairly new to 'the world comics,' I still enjoy reading them. When I found this book I was estatic. Though I am not a huge "Clintasha" fangirl ( I was expecting this to be ALL about Clintasha), I was still eager to read this just the same.

The Marvel characters are so carefully thoughtout and personalized, that it makes the comics easy to read, and the movies easy to watch.

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This was a pleasent read all the way through. My only complaint was the use of Steve using the world "swell" a lot. Yes, he is 95, but he doesn't talk like that (it was actually quite funny).
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Alisa tries too hard with the Marvel tone. She has a firm grasp of the fun and goofiness Marvel likes to put in with its stories and characters, but she overdoes it as it also leaks into the narrative. The book was enjoyable enough though up until I noticed she, and her editor (shame on Marvel), confused "Alright" with "All right". As a fellow author, I understand mistakes can be made, but blatant ones such as this are hard to forgive. I stopped reading immediately and went to "Game of Thrones".

Marvel is generally pretty nitpicky about quality. I'm surprised this one made it as far as Amazon to be published.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Excellent. Marvel prose novels are perfect for those of us who love the characters & stories but cannot afford multiple comics. Well written. Very Enjoyable story. :-)
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By KC on May 15, 2015
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it was a good story, but it does not explain Budapest. it does go more into Hawkeye and Black Widow's history though
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