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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.

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The Avengers #1.MU

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I know there’s a good possibility  here 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.

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The Uncanny Avengers #18

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This was pretty good, but I’m missing the dynamic of having Elektra in this series. Now the story is a bit of a mind-twister with the Red Skull launching a mental attack on the team. Rogue is haunted by nightmares… Quicksilver is possessed… there’s a lot of WTF moments going on.

I’m still liking this, just less than I was. There was an awesome Deadpool sniper scene though. That was good stuff.

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The Avengers #3

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This new Avengers series is really a bit bat-shit insane. I mean this first three issues have been all about how Vision went back in time and murdered Kang as a baby but that paradox caused a bunch of weird Kang clones who then went back in time to kill the Avengers as babies and… well, you see what I mean?

Yet I totally like it. I don’t recommend it to anyone necessarily. But I like it.

The artwork in this issue – like the two before it, is cool. Kind of an ethereal quality to it all. And Waid’s writing is solid, giving each character their own unique voice. It doesn’t hurt that I really like the team either. This is not the Avengers that anyone is familiar with. And maybe it’s not even the Avengers that anyone particularly WANTS. But it’s interesting and stands out for its strangeness. So yeah, I’m still into this quite a bit.

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The Uncanny Avengers #17

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I swear, this comic just keeps getting better. Here we’ve got the conclusion to the showdown between The Avengers and the possessed Hulk. And it’s pretty epic. Like, Elektra stabbing him in the eyes epic.

The artwork by Pepe Larraz is fantastic. It’s just got such a great style to it all.

I’m bummed to see that it looks like Elektra might be bowing out for now, though. She and Deadpool are my two favorites here because I love seeing how they interact with the rest of the team. Oh well.

One more issue and I’ll be caught up on this series!