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About the Author

Springing from the fertile ground of the U.K. comics scene, Warren Ellis came to Marvel during the early '90s and proved his iconoclastic mettle in the ultra-edgy series Hellstorm and the miniseries Druid - followed by fondly remembered, extended runs on Excalibur and Doom 2099. After making a name for himself as a premier talent with Wildstorm's Stormwatch, Transmetropolitan, The Authority and Planetary, Ellis returned to Marvel to pen such titles as Ultimate Fantastic Four, the Ultimate Galactus Trilogy and Iron Man. His Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. was both a critical smash and cult favorite. In addition to reviving the 1980s New Universe in newuniversal and writing Thunderbolts, Ellis took over Astonishing X-Men following Joss Whedon and John Cassaday's departure, and penned perhaps the definitive story of the Armored Avenger in Iron Man's "Extremis."

Artist Mike McKone was pegged as a future industry superstar when his first work was published in DC's JLA and Legion. In 2001, McKone collaborated with writer Judd Winick to launch Marvel's Exiles, a surprise hit among X-fans. Two years later, he teamed with writer Geoff Johns to revamp Teen Titans for DC. Since signing an exclusive contract with Marvel, McKone's credits include Fantastic Four, Amazing Spider-Man and Avengers Academy.
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Product Details

  • Series: Avengers
  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785184678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785184676
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #867,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a big Ellis fan, and his novels are great, but with this, it just seems like he phoned it in when you compare it to his other work. There is no bad guy in this, just a "thing" that they are fighting, and in the entire thing, they never face any real danger. The implied bad guy is presumably "their past". There is some witty dialog at times, as you'd expect from Ellis, but that is about it. The plot is horrid. It feels more like an oversized one-shot that should have been priced at like $5.99, than something worthy of OGN treatment - an OK story, but nothing really special or memorable. Mike McKone is a well respected artist from what I understand, but his art looks kind of cartoonish to me, it looks really crappy compared to Yu's recent work on the Avengers, which has a more serious and epic feel to it. McKone's women look completely generic. Buy it used.
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"Avengers: Endless Wartime"
Written by Warren Ellis
(Marvel Comics, 2013)
. . . .

This book was a bit of a chore to read. The plot is muddled and dull, and it's confusing as to exactly which version of the Avengers we're looking at. They seem to be following the lead of the Avengers film, which was sort of an amalgam of classic Marvel and the harsher Ultimate Marvel universe, though characters such as Wolverine and Captain Marvel are included as well. The emphasis on espionage and political intrigue is a drag: the Avengers should be duking it out with super-baddies, not Captain America's commando-spy leftovers. Mostly I found myself irked by having writer Warren Ellis so clearly trying to imitate the witty banter of the Joss Whedon film version, particularly his Tony Stark/Iron Man... It just feels like Ellis is going through the motions, and it's weird how Marvel is trying to shoehorn the 616 Avengers into the newly popular Hollywood paradigm.

Also, geez louise, are they charging a lot of money for these skinny little books nowadays! Is the super-inflated price tag on this 120-page mini-book because of the added expense of the dopey AR ("augmented reality") online bonus materials? Because if that's the case... Really Marvel -- don't bother. The numerous AR tags are just distracting, and if you want to develop cool online content, why not just do that stuff online, and leave the print books alone? Cleaner artwork and affordable prices are probably going to be better for business in the long run, and will make more fans more happy. Just saying. (Axton)
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I was very excited for this book after reading the preview released many months ago. I also liked the idea of an OGN in continuity, but this turned out to be more like half a story. It's very inaccessible and relies on big coincidences. It almost feels as if Ellis was given a treatment and he spent a few hours spiffing it up so they could put his name on it. All the characters are one dimensional and flat, not to mention nothing like the best writers are writing them. The art looks rushed more often than it doesn't, and is very inconsistent. They advertised this like it was an event, but is more like an unfortunate anomaly that will probably be forgotten sooner than later.
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I have no idea what the other reviewers read but it can't have been "Endless Wartime", Warren Ellis' new stand-alone OGN featuring everyone's favorite superhuman motley crue. I seriously don't understand half of these lukewarm reviews. Maybe this is why most super hero comics are so generic and interchangeable since whenever someone with true talent (i.e. Ellis) writes a mature, intelligent super hero story the overgrown children/fanboys get all confused at the lack of punching and big, heaving breasts and label it "boring". Oh well...

Here's what I did read: a brilliantly written, perfectly encapsulated Avengers story that stands head and shoulders above 90% of the Avengers stories I've read in the last few years. The story is deceptively simple and maybe that's where the kids got lost but if you actually take the time to read the story and not just scan the book for pin ups then you'd see why Ellis, together with Morrison, is at the best comic book writer currently producing PERIOD.

"Endless Wartime" begins in a tiny warzone/failed state in the Caucasus where anti-government militias are being slaughtered by American drones which turn out to be much different than what was expected. The nature of these new drones ties to both Captain America and Thor's haunted pasts and leads them into a quest that will put them in direct conflict with their sinister patrons good ol' S.H.I.E.L.D.

Seems pretty straight forward but if you know Ellis you know that his straight forward usually contains depths Bendis would kill for.
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I believe this is the first in a series of new "original graphic novels" from Marvel. Writer Warren Ellis, not generally known for doing much 'mainstream' comic book work, has been easing his big toe back into the pool with such Marvel titles as SECRET AVENGERS and THUNDERBOLTS. In this graphic novel, he chronicles an AVENGERS tale for our reading pleasure. I don't feel the need to regurgitate the plot, as other reviewers on here have adequately captured it. Suffice it to say it is a viable enough plot that adds a bit of retcon flavor to Captain America's history, adding a Thor tie-in to emphasize the seriousness of the threat level Earth's Mightiest find themselves up against.

SETTING: Although the story doesn't specify its place in continuity, it obviously takes place some time after Wolverine has joined the heroes' ranks--an atrocity we can thank Brian Michael Bendis for. It also takes place sometime after Mark Waid's chronicling of the Hulk's adventures as a special member of SHIELD.

CHARACTERIZATION: Some of the heroes' traits are a bit exaggerated. Thor comes off a bit more arrogant and standoffish than he is generally portrayed, Black Widow a bit more callous, Cap maybe a tad more alienated--though the latter is understandable and within reason. One high point is the level of insight Bruce Banner exhibits when discussing Hulk, though I could have done without the movie nods of having him refer to Hulk as "the other guy." It was cute in the movie, but a tad uncharacteristic coming from a guy who has run with his alter ego through myriad phases and stages of transformations over the years.
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