The Avengers

The Avengers #9

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I have no idea how this ties into Secret Empire. And I don’t really care. I’ve not read any of SE, and really have no interest. But The Avengers have been on thin ice with me for a few issues now. I loved this series early on, but the change in tone has been jarring for me. And just being honest – I don’t care for the art style.

This issue was basically about Thor being displaced to another dimension and fighting to get home. It really just felt like a one-shot and didn’t do much to interest me. I may have to abandon this series if things don’t start picking up again soon.

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The Avengers #8

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The story here was cool. It wrapped up the events of the last issue – which wasn’t great – and also tied into the old “.1” issues which I loved. Avenger X is awakened and goes on a spree of destruction, sucking the Avengers’ powers one by one. Eventually it’s up to Wasp and Doom to get rid of her. I enjoyed it.

Now for the negative… I hate the artwork. I feel bad saying that, but it’s true. I just find it so muddy and, I don’t know. It feels like it belongs in a kids’ comic or something. I’m kind of bummed that the tie in to Waid’s throwback story was done so using THIS art. Ugh.

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The Avengers #7

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I’m very mixed on this issue. It’s no secret that I’ve been a huge fan of the current Avengers series. And I’ve also been a fan of Infamous Iron Man, so I thought this crossover would be great. The problem isn’t so much the crossover, but the change in direction.

For one thing we’ve got a new artist now. I find Phil Noto’s art fine on its own, but the coloring is so muddy and washed out. It’s really unappealing to me. The tone of the story has changed a lot as well. I’m not saying it’s for the worst, but it’s jarring. All the sudden it feels… off. It’s great to see Nadia get so much to say, but the fact that we’ve got the whole second half of the book taking place at a summer camp and The Avengers dealing with demonic girls – I just don’t know.

At the very very end we get a hint that this story will (again) be overlapping with the stuff that Waid wrote in the throwback series Avengers: Four (those were the .1 issues). So that’s kind of cool. We’ll see where this goes.

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The Avengers #6

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I have made no secrets about how much I’ve loved this new Avengers run. But this issue… I’m speechless. It ends in such a powerful way that I don’t even want to talk about it because the spoilers wouldn’t be fair. I can tell you that this was a rare time where I finished a comic and that last page actually gave me chills. It’s that good. And it wouldn’t be fair for me to take that away from anyone who hasn’t read it yet.

I seriously cannot wait for this series to just keep on going.

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The Avengers #5.1

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And sadly, this story is now over. I’m really bummed to see it come to an end, but at least the feedback was so positive – maybe it’s not unfathomable to see some other throwback mini-series like this in the near future?

The story wraps up beautifully with our rag-tag Avengers replacement team being helped out by the original team to finally put an end to Avenger X. Everything was great here: the art, the story, the pacing, the writing. I loved this just as I did the first four issues.

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The Avengers #5

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This series just keeps getting crazier and crazier. So… The Vision meets a version of himself from the far future. And they come up with a plan to destroy Kang that involves going back through time and assembling a bunch of random Avengers to make new teams to then somehow destroy Kang in the past. It’s kind of nuts, but it’s also awesome to see so many Avengers alum in one book. To name-check just a few we’ve now got the original Captain America and Thor alongside the new; we’ve got the Hulk and She-Hulk; we’ve got the original Wasp and Hank Pym; Iron Man and so on. It’s really really cool. As I always say – this series is not for everyone – I’m not even recommending it – but it is for me.

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The Avengers #4.1

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Holy shit. This issue took this series from great to amazing. First off – my usual praise for the old school art, the wonderful dialogue, and just how well the nostalgia is nailed (right down to old comic ads!). But this issue… wow. Not only do we get an awesome battle against the Frightful Four, but we also end the issue on a truly shocking note. I really do not want to spoil anything, but it’s crazy. I can understand readers skipping the main Avengers story right now (even though I love that one, too) but I really think everyone needs to be reading these “.1” issues!

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The Avengers #4

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I don’t really like when an issue does this… the entirety of Avengers #4 is just a monologue by Kang The Conqueror. I don’t know. I just kind of find that boring. The art was kind of nice, with its sort of watercolor look. Eh, this just wasn’t a great issue for me. Though the ending was intriguing since it showed some extended Avengers family may actually be getting into this book now. We’ll see.

#1 · The Avengers

The Avengers #1.MU

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I know there’s a good possibility ┬áhere that I’m alone, but I really love The Avengers series right now. Admittedly, Hercules feels a little dispensable. But mostly I love this team up. #1.MU is a Monsters Unleashed crossover, but I like how they’re doing these. There’s not a ton of them, and they feel like one-shots rather than overlapping with the main series plot. Basically, this is just more stuff to read if you’re digging Monsters Unleashed. Or The Avengers.

It was a cool read. The team heads to Boston to investigate a crime family, but encounters the monsters. Of course. There’s some badass moments with Vision and Jane Thor and just feels like a nice little stand alone issue.

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The Avengers #3.1

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Man, I really feel like this is one of the best Marvel comics currently being put out. Maybe because I’m in my mid-30’s and this is a total nostalgia-bomb. But I totally love this series.

In this issue The Avengers go from being Cap’s new team of hated ex-criminals to being totally beloved by taking down The Thinker in a big city attack. But something’s not right. Suddenly patients in hospitals and retirement homes just start dying all at once. Something’s sucking the life right out of them.

This story is getting badass, and ends with one Avenger pretty seriously hurt. And if the preview cover for next month’s issue is any indication, this series is just going to keep getting more awesome and revisiting old faces.