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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (September 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785123687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785123682
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. W. Schreiter on May 31, 2008
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This volume collects the first six issues of Marvel's 2007 "Mighty Avengers" launch. Tony Stark/Iron Man and Carol Danvers/Ms. Marvel assemble yet another new team of Avengers including Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Janet Van Dyne/Wasp, Simon Williams/Wonder Man, Ares and the Sentry. Having first appearing in 1968's Avengers #54, in this plotline the maniacal robot Ultron returns to Earth to destroy all organic life. Ultron assumes Iron Man's body before changing into another familar form and hastening Earth's demise. A helicarrier crash leaves Natasha as temporary head of S.H.I.E.L.D. as the heroes try to stop Ultron. Brian Michael Bendis and Frank Cho are the writer and penciler/inker, respectively. Though the story is above-average for this sort of six-issue superhero arc, Bendis' dialogue is marred by intermittent thought balloons that grow tiresome. Frank Cho's art is superb, most notably for a few characters.
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At the end of 2013, I went back and read the entire Brian Michael Bendis run on Avengers (which included New Avengers, Mighty Avengers, Dark Avengers, Illuminati, and several cross-over books). I think binge-reading a series of comics is as equally satisfying as binge-watching TV shows (this only applies to the Wire, Deadwood, Rome, Breaking Bad & Game of Thrones). This collection takes place in the middle of the absolute zenith of the Bendis run.

In 2004, Bendis took an Avengers book that was stale and more than a decade from good story-telling. His first story arc was Avengers: Disassembled. The Scarlet Witch went crazy and killed several members. The eventually subdued the Scarlet Witch, Magneto shows up and takes her away and the the team decides to disband.

A few months later there is a break-out at Rikers Island and dozens of villains escape. Spiderman, Captain America, Wolverine, Daredevil, Jessica Drew and Luke Cage all show up to put things in order. Steve Rogers decides that it was fate and he convinces Tony Stark to reboot the Avengers. Daredevil declines, but everyone else is in. They also happen upon a mysterious man known as The Sentry.

600+ kids die in a tragedy caused by young, untrained heroes in Stamford, CT. The US Government responds by passing the Superhuman Registration Act. Tony Start is for it. Steve Rogers is against it. The heroes split and fight in a Civil War. After its conclusion, Rogers is killed. Luke Cage becomes the leader of the New Avengers, as they try to do good works while avoiding Tony Stark's Mighty Avengers.

Tony Stark puts together his team of "legal" Avengers. His goal is to have a powerhouse team. His tactical leader is Carol Danvers.
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I have been reading each Avengers title after Disassembled and on, so I've come to love the team of New Avengers with their big name members like Spider-Man & Wolverine but what made that book shine was that it made lesser known heroes shine within the group dynamic. Luke Cage, Spider-Woman, Echo & Iron Fist among others all feel like they belong together fighting wrongs.

I has apprehensive when I began reading Mighty Avengers because it wasn't the team I have been enjoying and it had few characters that I've even read about. I'll be honest though, after a bumpy start, the book came together and was pretty fun. I can tell it's just the start of something big and I almost purchased the collection that includes Vol. 2 but I wanted to test the waters first (and it was cheaper to buy them individually.)

All in all, it was worth it. The team is a little bland but that's to be expected with the roster and the fact that they are basically the super-police. A little more time into the series and I'm sure the characters will bloom more. The thing between Iron Man & Black Widow is already interesting and the other team interactions seem like they'll add that much more to later volumes.

I recommend it and that if you haven't already, pick up the New Avengers books up to Vol. 7 and read them first. The Initiative is another great reading series that loosely ties in but isn't necessary but awesome as well.
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This was actually a decent graphic novel. The artwork is excellent and the story is exciting. It is just what happens to Tony Stark in the story that I find a little hard to take. These stories are always fantastic so the line of believability is high meaning when I read these stories I am usually able to go with it no matter how odd the plot twists are. However, in this case I wasn't able to. Other than that the graphic novel is a great read and if you like the Avengers you may want to try this one.
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Strange story, entertaining in some ways. Bendis' overuse of the thought bubbles, with almost literally every speaking character has a second thought to their spoken dialogue gets annoying fast. And its a very strange "Tony Stark is dead" to "Tony Stark is back" transition. Got a good deal on it though, so thats good.
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Set after Civil War, Tony Stark is the head of SHIELD and has asked Carol Danvers (Miss Marvel) to lead a new Avengers group. Included in the team are the Black Widow, Sentry, Wasp, Ares and Wonder Man. Less than 20 minutes after the last selection has been made when an attack comes. It turns out that a new version of Ultron has arrived to kill every living thing on the planet.

I found the story engaging and well thought out and the artwork top notch. It also didn't hurt that Ultron took the form of an incredibly hot, seemingly naked, woman.

I read this on my 7"kindle fire HD and had no problem reading the text and the art stood out in panel view. I highly recommend this book.
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