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Avengers: Endless Wartime Hardcover – October 1, 2013
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About the Author
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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Written by Warren Ellis
(Marvel Comics, 2013)
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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)
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
not really that good in my opinion it had me confused about thor it just seemed to be one big monster fight to me
An abomination, long thought buried, has resurfaced in a... Read more
Apologies to one and all for the following review, especially Mr.’s Ellis and McKone. The duo has produced many a fine story in their day, sadly for me, AVENGERS ENDLESS WARTIME... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rich S
The Midgard Serpent has been set loose and with Thor sort of leading it's up to the Avengers to stop it and something far worse. Read morePublished 13 months ago by MISTER SJEM
I really liked this book. Read it before the second Avengers movie came out, and it really felt like it could have been a sequel to the first Avengers. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Andrew B.
As a stand-alone OGN, I expected much better pacing. It was clear that Ellis and co. were going for a cinematic vibe with Whedonesque dialogue, but everything just falls flat. Read morePublished 17 months ago by R. H. Rich
Great self-contained Avengers story. Consistently good art coupled with a very readable and thought-provoking story by Warren Ellis. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Brian Hazel