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- Publisher : Marvel; First Edition (July 27, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0785148736
- ISBN-13 : 978-0785148739
- Reading age : 13 years and up
- Grade level : 8 and up
- Item Weight : 10.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.75 x 0.25 x 10.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,001,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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These were originally collected as -
Avengers Prime (Avengers (#1-5)
Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis Volume 1 (#1-6)
Avengers By Brian Michael Bendis - Vol. 2 (#7-12 & 12.1)
At the time, I gave all three volumes 5-star reviews -
This adventure occurs just after the events of ‘Siege’ and is sub-titled ‘Siege Aftermath’. It features Thor, Tony Stark/Iron Man and Commander Steve Rogers, who in the immediate aftermath of the Siege event, indeed, in the ruins of Heimdall’s observatory (adopted from the Thor film, by the looks of it) Thor is commenting on the destruction of Bifrost, as Steve and Tony Stark are having a heated argument of Stark’s culpability for the Osborne Affair, when the three adventurers are pulled through a dimensional rift into one or other of the Nine Realms.
After a bit of adventuring and even a bit of romance with some elves, (Steve – “I am a friend of your Lord Thor”; Elf leader – “Eat him!”), Steve gets a coat of chain-mail and a shield; Tony, in unpowered armour, meets some giants and Fafnir the dragon; and Thor meets the Enchantress, and discovers that due to Asgard’s displacement, the Nine Worlds are intermixed and up for grabs, and Hela has grabbed them. Steve and Tony meet up and fight Fafnir, Thor is given a good kicking by Hela, and everyone meets up to sort it all out. In the course of all this, Tony and Steve manage to regain their friendship with each other and rekindle their camaraderie with Thor, though the Nine Worlds still remain to be sorted out.
This is a quick read – I read it on a short bus journey – but it is immensely entertaining and very-well drawn. It also fills in a gap in the core Avengers storyline, and does actually advance the overall Avengers’ world-picture.
Avengers (2011) v1
I remember the first new Avengers line-up, when Captain America was left alone to find a new team, back in Stan’s day. The novelty wears off after a few decades. Even the writers began to notice this, and I remember (Jim Shooter? and) George Perez having Captain America commandeer a bus to take the thirty-odd Avengers gathered for a particular threat to their destination.
Anyway, back to the present – where we start in the future as a group of ‘young’ Avengers kill Immortus. We then see Steve Rogers recruiting a new team of Avengers, New Avengers and a third team which I don’t recognise (I am not a regular reader nowadays – I just pick up the shiny pretty covers in my local library). However, this volume is the ‘original’ Avengers, with Thor, Iron Man and a Captain America, with various others.
Their first meeting is interrupted by Kang the Conqueror, who manages to get half a sentence out before Thor knocks him into the middle of next week. After that, things calm down when he whips out his weapon and frightens Iron Man into letting him speak in peace. Apparently, Time is broken (due to Kang repeatedly attacking Ultron, who has conquered a future Earth, and failing to defeat him time and again).
Anyway, it to cut a long story short, the Avengers have to go to the future (or the past) and fix things, with hilarious consequences, as we get the usual things-out-of-time appearing in the present, with guest appearances by Killraven, riding Devil Dinosaur, and Apocalypse and his Horsemen. Anyway some Avengers go to the future, having recruited the former Marvel Boy (“My name is not Alien Boy”; Wolverine: “Sorry, I thought it was”) to assist with time technology. The future Iron Man and Hulk explain things, things appear to get fixed, after the Avengers explain things in a reasonable voice to the Future Ultron; and Kang kills everyone in the future, leading to the ‘young’ future Avengers killing him again, which is where we started. Go figure.
I assume either it never happened, or it will lead into a later/future story line. All that aside, it is well-drawn (if you like John Romita JR’s artwork, and entertainingly written by BM Bendis. The characters interact characteristically, and there are enough ‘hang on a minute’ events to keep even a Chris Claremont plotline happy.
If you like the Avengers, Mr Bendis’s work, or just an entertaining (though possibly confusing) comic book, you will like this one.
Avengers (2010) v2
This is a well-drawn and entertainingly written volume. The characters interact characteristically, and the story is excellently plotted and unfolds with great timing.
A former villain, the Hood, escapes from prison after meeting an Inhuman and learning the secret of the Infinity Gems. He mages to collect two of them from where they have been hidden by the ‘Illuminati’ of the Marvel Universe, before he bumps into the Red Hulk. The Hulk manages to reach the Avengers to warn them of what is going on, and then they all find the Illuminati with their hands in the cookie jar. Tony Stark then has to explain what has been going on to a rather angry Steve Rogers, as the other members of the group all get briefed by their various acquaintances in the background.
Steve quickly formulates a plan, and teams are despatched to guard or recover the still hidden gems, as the Watcher turns up to watch events. There are a number of excellently staged scenes as each group meets up with the Hood, and fare better or worse as circumstances and plot dictate. Even Thanos makes an appearance.
It all ends happily for the moment, and the Hulk is invited to join the Avengers, while off in a dark place, Steve Rogers invites himself into the ranks of the Illuminati. This is an excellent adventure, and highly recommended.
The stories from Avengers Annual #1 and New Avengers Annual #1 were collected in Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis - Volume 5 .
The two annuals contain a story in which Simon Williams, formerly an Avenger known as Wonder Man, recruits a team of superheroes and decides that it is time that the world saw the Avengers for the menace that they really are, they being responsible for such things as Ultron, the Scarlet Witch and her little ‘incidents’, the Civil War, the Incredible Hulk and his little ‘incidents’, the Dark Avengers and their little ‘incidents’, for none of which they have ever been held accountable:
“…There is a very good chance that I’m not even real… I died a few years ago. I died. You know this. And the only reason I’m here today is because Wanda Maximoff missed me and used her powers, and brought me back. Out of thin air.”
The story then continues in issues #31-34, the finale of the 2010 series.
I can understand the confusion, however, as this is yet another Vol. 1 of New Avengers by Brian Bendis. This picks up after the events of "Siege," as the Avengers face another upheaval and Captain America gives Luke Cage the reins of his own team. As usual with Bendis's work, there are some great character moments, but the overall plot is a bit lacking, and seems to run up to a big fight without much thought. Bendis seems to do well with the dialogue and character interaction, and with the major events, but other than his run on Daredevil, he seems to struggle with coming up with consistently good stories for an Avengers type of book.
That being said, the story here was not bad, it was just based a little heavily in the mystic world, and I admit I don't have the background to appreciate things like who the heck Aggomotto is.
For some reason, he sees a need to add in yet another character who is already a main feature in other books, adding Thing to a team that already includes Spider-Man and Wolverine (who is not only on the X-Men as well, but is also on Cap's Avengers somehow). I guess that's what happens when you have two Avengers titles at once though. You start having to fill the roster somehow.
Immonen's art is pretty great, so that's at least one saving grace here. This book is worth reading if you're trying to fill out your Avengers collection, but you could skip it if you wanted to. I only bought it because I like Luke Cage and I get a real kick out of Bendis's portrayal of Spider-Man.
Writer: Brian Bendis
Artists: Stuart Immonen (pencils), Wade Von Grawbadger (inks), Laura Martin, Matt Milla, Rain Beredo (colors), Stuart Immonen (covers)
Collects: New Avengers #1-6
This TPB collects the first six issues of the newly revised New Avengers comic book. The book's events are taking place shortly after the events in the Siege book, and part of a new status-quo at Marvel, which they, themselves, have dubbed "The Heroic Age." (This new "Heroic Age" deal included a re-launch of all Marvel Avengers titles, as well as the launch of a few new Avengers titles.) The previous New Avengers series was written by the same writer as this one, and was consistently a pretty good read. Expectations were high for this book, and though it is a bit of a departure from the old, it's also familiar territory with familiar characters. Every new series desires to start off with a strong storyline, and I believe that this book bit a pretty good job of that.
The current character line-up of the team includes Luke Cage, Ms. Marvel, Wolverine (of course!), Spider-Man, Thing, Dr. Strange, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones. It's an interesting line-up of characters, and most of these characters were a part of the previous incarnation of the team, as well.
The majority of this book deals with two things: establishment of the new team in their new base of operations, and the threat of an inter-dimensional, supernatural cataclysm that has something to do with the relic, The Eye of Agamotto. The book is a good mix of "talking heads" and super-heroic action. It was a real treat to see a sort of "super-hero mash-up" with Wolverine being endowed with the powers of the other Avengers for his face-off against the big baddie. This is the kind of stuff, of course, that can and does only happen in comic books, and it's fun to see.
Stuart Immonen bangs it out of the park with his artwork, just as he does in the recently-published Fear Itself event book. I've always enjoyed everything that Stuart does, and he just seems to keep on improving with time. I wish he could stay on this book for a looooong time! Ink and colors are also picture-perfect, as the entire art team makes the book a beauty.
Overall, this book is a fine first offering for the new series, and another successful launch for Marvel. This book has a bit of everything in it for fans of super-hero comics, so I think most readers will enjoy it. I recommend it to all Avengers fans, even though I'm not a big fan of mystical mumbo-jumbo in my comic books.
Cool Factor: 7/10
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The team consists mostly of popular characters including Luke Cage, his wife Jessica Jones, Spider-Man, Wolverine and the Thing. There's also Iron Fist, Doctor Strange, Ms. Marvel and others. In a book so full of popular characters, I was worried the book would become overly busy or crowded, or that certain characters would overshadow others.Thankfully, Bendis give each character their own distinctive character, personality and voice. Every character has a presence in this book. Spider-Man/Peter Parker in particular is a character who Bendis knows inside out, thanks to his infamous run on "Ultimate Spider-Man", and who steals the show here with his hilarious antics.
The story itself centers around Space Phantoms (just roll with it!) from another reality entering 'our' dimension by possessing its resident superheroes, and our new team has to stop them. And from there, the book is just an explosion of activity. From a babysitting Spider-Man to a mystically-empowered Wolverine, so much has happens in this book that it whizzes by.
My only concerns are that the book is often rushed and over-packed with story, that it really needed a bit more breathing space, plus, Doctor Strange is an unlikable character in this story, coming off as cold and unfeeling, which doesn't bode well for people reading about him for the first time
Other than that, the book is an accessible and fun introduction to the Avengers and their world, and I look forward to future volumes.
I particularly liked the continuity as the story looked back to pre-Siege events with Dr. Strange, but also enjoyed watching the team, and Luke Cage in particular, figure out how to operate in the new regime.
I've also read the first volumes of Avengers and Secret Avengers and, while I enjoyed those too, I can safely say that neither have the balance of action and laugh-out-loud whimsy that characterises the New Avengers and makes them my favourite Avengers team.
Immomen excells here. Deserving of the praise he has more than earned.
This can be read stand alone or as part of the larger ongoing storyline that Marvel seem to have been carving for the Avengers and xmen.
Well worth a look.