The first volume of Jonathan Hickman's run on the title, this features an expanded Avengers roster (easily broken down into smaller teams as issues require) taking on some new threats. The first volume has some cosmic and global storylines going on, and does require attentive reading. Hickman is at this point already setting up things to come.
There was a strange sub-story in the middle of the graphic novel which didn't really seem to apply to anything. Also no real character development but there are a couple new and interesting bad guys.
Pretty good -- quite good, actually -- but best to read on to the second volume, which ups the stakes.
That was awesome. Really. Everything blew me away. The art, the story, the dialogue. It was all awesome and you can bet I'm rushing to get my hands on the next volumes.
One day, Captain America and Iron Man talk about how they need to get bigger. They set the pieces in place for the day that that call needs to be answered. With the threat here being terraforming aliens and all but one of the Avengers incapacitated, that time is now. Captain Marvel, Cannonball, Sunspot, Falcon, Spiderman, Spiderwoman, Manifold, Wolverine, Hyperion, and a host of other familiar faces answer the call and as they do we learn that the coming threat is much bigger than what it seems.
It's a tight story and a very engaging one. The author also handles having all these characters he's working with very well by splitting them up into teams for various tasks and having a section of the book dedicated to each. You're even told up front which heroes will be the protagonists of each section.
Another neat tidbit is that there is another language being spoken and it is depicted only by symbols. There is a decoder at the back of the book so you decode all along if you feel like knowing a little bit more than the Avengers do about what's coming.
It's a fantastic read and I can't recommend it highly enough.
Pros: Nice layout, good character design that veers away from the totally unrealistic proportions and poses I remember from my '90s comics heyday. Cons: Incorporates too much of the "cosmic marvel" mumbo jumbo that turned me off Avengers, FF, etc. back then- I prefer more grounded narratives, "let's save the entire universe again today" storylines.
This is an excellent Avengers volume, clearly aimed at new readers brought in by the Avengers movie. The characters are well written, the plot is epic, and the characters brought in definitely fit in the "World greatest heroes" category. I absolutely loved it, even if you can tell it's basically a big prelude to a Marvel event.
Started off well with tremendous art but I felt like the six issues should have been done in a different order. Read it and decide for yourself if you see what I'm saying.
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