- Series: Great Lakes Avengers
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Marvel Comics (December 28, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785116214
- ISBN-13: 978-0785116219
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,040,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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G.L.A. Vol. 1: Misassembled (Great Lakes Avengers) (v. 1) Paperback – December 28, 2005
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The 4-issue premise centers around D- Level characters: Mr. Immortal, Door-Man, Flat-Man, Big Bertha, Dinah Saur, Grasshopper, and Squirrel Girl (with her sidekick Monkey Joe) and their battle to save the universe from total extinction simply because a villain realizes that whenever a plan is hatched in New York too many heroes are around to stop it...so he moves to Wisconsin.
The jokes come at a rocket-fire pace and yet through it all I still felt like I was reading an actual hero adventure that had some gravity to it. Did I mention a team member dies in all 4 chapters (one of them 5.7 seconds after officially joining the team)? Artist Paul Pelletier puts together a solid layout reminiscent of John Byrne in his hayday (Byrne was the original creator of most of these characters).
I cannot imagine a comicbook fan who wouldn't get enjoyment out of this book. It does for Marvel what "Formerly Known as the Justice League" did for DC. Check it out...but beware Leather Boy!!!!
Monkey Joe...we hardly knew ya!
SEQUEL! HOUSE OF IDEAS I DEMAND A SEQUEL!
Note: This does also include the first appearance of Squirrel Girl from Marvel Super-Heroes Winter Special #8 Vol. 2 1991, even though not included in the description.
It is not a bad book. Dan Slott is pretty incredible at pulling obscure and lame Marvel superheroes out of the archives and making them cool. I honestly wish that Squirrel Girl would help me out in Central Park some day. Mr. Immortal is pretty weird, I'm not sure I like him, but he's got my favorite line in this book ("I'm Homo Supreme!")
Still, this book is not She-Hulk, and it is not Spiderman/Human-Torch. I came away from it entertained, sure, but those other books are masterpieces that blend comedy and drama and character development in the grand dramedy tradition of Ally McBeal, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Rescue Me. Those are tv shows, not comic books, but that is what makes Dan Slott unique. I expected a little more. This whole [m/d]isassembled saga was fairly disappointing, and I guess even Dan Slott was tainted a bit by this.
- Assistant: "Dude, that was Flatman. From the GLA."
- Physics professor: "Aw *@#%."
No respect for the GLA. That's the recurring theme. The Great Lakes Avengers (but not officially sanctioned by the real Avengers), composed of misfits and losers with superhuman abilities, go around haplessly seeking a smidgen of street cred. But Wisconsin, their home base and the home of cheese, doesn't attract much supervillainy. But when the real Avengers get disassembled, GLA team leader Mr. Immortal perks up, thinking that this is finally the GLA's chance to make noise. But he's wrong.
As he demonstrates in AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE (see Avengers: The Initiative, Vol. 1: Basic Training), comic book writer Dan Slott, when it's called for, can deliver serious and complex story arcs. Something he doesn't do here. Slott built his rep on well-crafted lighthearted tales (for cripe's sake, he started out on the Ren & Stimpy comics); humor will always be a calling card of his. And in GLA: MISASSEMBLED we see an unleased Dan Slott, resulting in a very funny mini-series. And, putting pictures to Slott's words, artist Paul Pelletier demonstrates his solid if unspectacular craftsmanship.
The Great Lakes Avengers are so pathetic and so discounted by the superhero community that they can out-substitute the Legion of Substitute Heroes. Their leader is unkillable, yeah, but he always gets killed mere moments into a fight. Their team vehicle is the Quin-Jetta.Read more ›
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It's great to finally find a book with some humor in it. It pokes fun at all of the deaths in comics today with a 2x4. Read morePublished on March 26, 2008 by Christopher E. Arnold
Great comic, very funny. If you need a comic that is funny and a good read you should check this one out. Funny characters and situations they get into.Published on May 30, 2007 by Daniel Fields
Dan Slott is one of the most underrated writers in mainstream comics today. Perhaps best known for his run on the surprisingly good She-Hulk, Slott does Marvel's version of... Read morePublished on March 8, 2007 by N. Durham