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Avengers Forever Hardcover – September 2, 2009

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"Avengers Forever demonstrates how to do an epic rooted in continuity that still knows how to have fun. By actually explaining what's happened before, the reader isn't so easily taken out of the action. Add in some strong characterization, great action, and art that really conveys the plot, and you've got a book worth picking up. Fans of Captain Marvel, Captain America, Hawkeye, the Thunderbolts and, of course, the Earth's Mightiest Heroes, should seek this out." -- Doug Glassman

"Kurt Busiek, Roger Stern, Carlos Pacheco & Jesus Merino delivered this time-travel classic that relied on a unique team of Avengers plucked from the past, present and future. Each member of the team is chosen at a very specific moment, from Captain America--at the peak of his strength, but the nadir of his confidence--to Hank Pym at both his then-present status and also from when he first became Yellowjacket. This was a unlikely collection of Avengers and their journey would take them across space and time to fight for the destiny of Earth itself." -- Brian Cronin

"I recommend [Avengers Forever] for anyone who has ever picked up a Marvel Comic. It's high adventure, thrilling fights, nice characterization, and an attention to detail that is breath-taking. It won't change the world, but it will put the fun back into super-hero comics for a while." -- Greg Burgas

"Just how do you go about writing the perfect Avengers story? How do you write a finite story that encapsulates almost (at the time) forty years of sometimes convoluted continuity? This was a question that Marvel asked themselves in 1998. Luckily they had a writer who was currently writing the main Avengers book who was more than up to the task; Kurt Busiek. Not only that, they had an artist who was in the prime of his career and quite possibly has never drawn better, Carlos Pacheco." -- Taylor Pithers

"With fantastic art from Carlos Pacheco, [Busiek's story] not only explained away every contradiction and loose end of the first 35 years of Avengers history, it gave us an in-depth character study of Kang and a slam-bang trip through Avengers lore ... this is about as cool as it gets." -- Scott Harris

About the Author

Kurt Busiek has been writing comics professionally since three days before he graduated from college in 1982, when he sold a "Tales of the Green Lantern Corps" backup story that appeared in "Green Lantern #162." Since then, he's worked on just about everything from "Action Comics" to "Zot!," including runs on "Avengers," "Superman," "Conan" and others, and has co-created "Thunderbolts," "The Autumnlands," "Arrowsmith" and more. He's best known for his work on the multiple-award-winning "Marvels" and "Astro City." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (September 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785137963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785137962
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,738,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
...in this fantastic new hardcover edition!

collecting the entire 12-issue run of writer Kurt Busiek's and artist Carlos Pacheco's masterwork, "Avengers Forever" is one of the most ambition, researched, brilliantly executed, and outright fantastic comics in the history of the medium.

this collection, in terms of content, is pretty straight-forward (none of the bacon, sour cream, and chives of DC's "Absolute" series), but for the price range of this sucker, that's pretty much what you expect. there is a nice introduction from 2000 by Busiek himself, as well as a gallery of the title's alternate cover artwork and (hooray!) a reproduction of the reference lists originally printed in issues 1 and 2 (if i am remembering correctly...) of the title's original release.

i really do not wish to divulge what exactly this story is about, primarily because i fear ruining a perfectly outstanding reading experience by saying too much, but also, with the levels of "involved" this storyline achieves, to pull at any thread is to seriously run the risk of painting oneself into a corner that will require MUCH explanation to get out of, therefore taking us back to fear no. 1.

i would like to add, however, that as wonderful as i (and so many, many others) feel this story is, it really should be said that if you are looking to begin your literary romp through the world of the Earth's Mightiest Heroes, "Avengers Forever" is NOT the book with which to do so.
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The product description provides the basic outline of this story and the previous review discusses the slight danger of coming to this epic without knowing much about Avengers lore. I didn't read Avengers before buying this maxi-series when it was first released in single issue form, and while some of the story was unfamiliar to me, the lack of understanding about some of the more obscure details the series referenced had the unexpected effect on me, of making me like the story even more. It gave the series a sense of importance and grounded it in a sense of history that made it seem complex, gave it an air of having consequences, and also made me curious to read more Avenger tales. That's a pretty successful series in its own right.

But over and above all of that, Avengers Forever is just one of the most fun, fantastic, well plotted, cosmic, and pretty cool comics twelve parters out there. It's satisfying read on many, many levels, and frankly, only comics can entertain in this way. Without going into more detail, I like this series so much that, I own the single issues, the trade paperback, and now this hardcover. I like it that much. I can't give a better recommendation than that.

Finally though, and this is really my reason for writing the review, since the previous review doesn't specifically mention it, the art in this volume by Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino is absolutely wonderful! Unlike many comic epics, with multiple artists, all twelve issues of Avengers Forever are drawn by Carlos Pacheco and are therefore stunning. Pacheco's figure work and storytelling are dynamic and unmatched in the industry, and the level of detail included on the pages here is often breathtaking. Waiting for the single issues to be released was sometimes difficult, but worth it.
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I've been on a kick of reading Avengers comics, and Kurt Busiek is one of my all-time favorite comic book writers, so this seemed like a natural fit.

It was pretty good, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations. If Busiek has a flaw as a writer, it's his tendency to try to cram TOO MUCH onto the page at once. One pities his poor artists: "Okay, in this next panel, the Avengers fight an army of millions of soldiers ripped from history. Okay, now have a panel that shows all the Avengers from all the GOOD parallel realities fighting all the Avengers from EVIL parallel realities!"

These scenes (which really happen) sound super cool in theory, but the actual result of trying to depict them on the pages of a graphic novel is a sort of a sprawling mess that can be hard to digest visually. Again, I don't fault the artists, they are absolutely doing the best they can with these sorts of impossible demands. But some pages look like The Ten Commandments, only with superheroes.

One thing you can definitely say for this book: it's ambitious.

The Avengers team in "Avengers Forever" is actually sort of an Avengers 'super-group' composed of heroes pulled (apparently) at random from different eras. There are Avengers from the early days, Avengers from recent comics, and Avengers that are from comics that haven't even happened yet (or never did - one of my favorite parts includes an encounter with the 50's Avengers, a hypothetical team that includes 3D Man). There are no less than two Henry Pyms on the team, one the sober Goliath Pym who is married to Wasp, and one the unbalanced Yellowjacket Pym. There's also an arrow-less Hawkeye, a future Captain Marvel, and a reformed Songbird from an alternate universe.
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