Marvel Masterworks: Avengers Volume 1 Review

Marvel Masterworks: The Avengers Volume 1
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In the early 1960s, Stan Lee and his creative array of artists shifted the Silver Age into the Marvel Age.  After the success of the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man, the next step in the Marvel Age was to form an all-star super-group. 1963 saw the start of the Avengers. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the King of Comics, ensured that the Avengers remained a lasting team to the comics-reading public. Marvel Masterworks: The Avengers Volume 1 collects Kirby’s run as penciller with Don Heck taking over in issue nine.

Such awesome talents are on display here: the initial team of Iron Man, Thor, Ant-Man/Giant-Man, the Wasp, and the Incredible Hulk. This and some later rosters present in Masterworks are not completely BFFs. It’s well-known comics lore that the Hulk leaves in the 2nd issue but he’s not completely written out. He figures into a few more plots while we get familiar with the stable presence of Captain America and the brave, bold group of Rick Jones & his friends. Issue ten has the Avengers overcoming perceived dissension. Lee eagerly left no detail behind and wrote denser dialogue than many mainstream comics today. These 10 issues are good, well-paced adventures. Continue reading “Marvel Masterworks: Avengers Volume 1 Review”

Avengers Vs. X-Men #2 Review

I am just LOVING this series! So far it has been a no-holds barred fight and it keeps getting better with all of the intimate stories being brought to light within this event. There are so many awesome things happening at once, it is hard to keep my excitement contained! From the very first page of this book, you are glued. No joke. By the third page, it’s time to change your pants. By the last page, it is time to take a nap because everyone knows how sleepy you can get after having such an adrenaline kick! John Romita Jr. was definitely the right guy for this book!

This book takes the fights you have wanted to see happen and gives them a purpose. You have the mutants believing people are trying to prevent them from ever “rising up”, and then you have the Avengers’ side which just wants to put the Phoenix Force in its place without anyone getting harmed. Too bad for them that Cyclops had to think with his heart instead of his mind. Because now EVERYONE is in a world of hurt and no one is going to be left unscathed! I don’t even think anyone will have enough energy to fight the Phoenix Force after this battle is through! Continue reading “Avengers Vs. X-Men #2 Review”

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! The Avengers; Season One, Volume One

Leading up to the Avengers movie, we are going to be reviewing some of the current developments of work that deal with our favorite Marvel Super-Team. Today is no different. The first seven episodes of this new cartoon series are amazing. Each episode leads up to the assembling of the Avengers. You get an introduction to every character and even a few surprises in the form of cameos.

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