list of Avengers Month reviews!

thor - homecoming

Thor: Juggernauts (The Mighty Thor, # 427-429)Thor: Juggernauts by Tom DeFalco
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“…Bottom line: this was a fun storyline that raises a lot of questions but eventually doesn’t do anything with them because it’s the ’90s in big-two superhero fiction, and ‘dems the tropes. Still very worth reading.”


midnight sons - Days of Infamy

Days of Infamy (Darkhold, #7)Days of Infamy by Christian Cooper
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The plot is cleverly handled and moves at a great pace, with each of the three Redeemers getting their chance to show off their talents and help defeat the foes and save the innocent civilians. Of particular note in this issue is Louise Hastings, who helps calm the nerves of the damaged vet responsible for the chaos with her own memories of British occupation.


avengers - kill or die

Avengers Arena, Vol. 1: Kill or DieAvengers Arena, Vol. 1: Kill or Die by Dennis Hopeless
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“This goes against just about everything that has ever made the Avengers… the Avengers don’t kill, and yet these young Avengers are going to be forced to. Arcade is traditionally an X-Men villain of very limited strength, yet here he’s portrayed as a major threat to the Avengers with almost god-like levels of strength. and the cast of characters chosen… at first, I didn’t think any of them were Avengers at all.”


avengers - heroic age

The New Avengers, Volume 1The New Avengers, Volume 1 by Brian Michael Bendis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“While I’m sure this story could have been much, much worse, it’s biggest crime is simply that it’s boring.”


New Avengers / TransformersNew Avengers / Transformers by Stuart Moore
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

“This is one of those weird, weird moments when you’re looking through the Avengers library. Someone asked for this? Really? Someone was like: “You know what we need? We need those New Avengers and the Autobots to team up and fight Doctor Doom and Megatron. It’s a natural pairing.””


Midnight Sons - Duel

Duel (Darkhold, #6)Duel by Christian Cooper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Alright, with “Wizard War” we’re just rounding past the third mark of the Darkhold series as a whole, and it hasn’t disappointed us yet. Issue 6 is the first part of a two-issue story that serves to, in many ways, close out the first storyarc of this fledgling Marvel horror series.


Avengers Infinity War

Into Infinity (Wonder Man, # 13)Into Infinity by Gerry Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“The issue starts with a knock-down drag-out battle between Wonder Man and Wolverine, with Wonder Man displaying what could be — as is — construed as anti-mutant language.”


avengers - the fear eater

The Fear Eater (Marvel Comics Presents, # 1-4)The Fear Eater by Al Milgrom

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

“Is this really the message you’re going for Milgrom? I mean, we the reader even feel pathos for characters like Galactus, arguing that they’re only trying to live. If this is your scary villain, perhaps we shouldn’t be placing them in such a sympathetic light.”


iron man - assault on armor city

Assault on Armour City (Marvel Annuals, # 1992)Assault on Armour City by Roy Thomas

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“The common theme or element in Assault on Armor City is the armors themselves, as both Darkhawk and Iron Man are wearers. The Avengers West Annual gets dragged in simply by virtue of Iron Man currently chairing that team.”


midnight sons - mephisto vs

Mephisto Vs.Mephisto Vs. by Al Milgrom

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

“One More Day” should have been included in this trade as “Mephisto vs Spider-Man” 😛


Power Man - shadowland

Shadowland: Power ManShadowland: Power Man by Fred Van Lente

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“This book is engrossing and well written, as well as emotionally charged. It’s everything that Shadowland should have been, but sadly wasn’t. In a way this book suffers by its association to the main Shadowland arc. The points of it that are weak are the points where it has to arc back instead of branching out, as it is trying desperately to do.”


Avengers - Blood Ties

Avengers/X-Men: BloodtiesAvengers/X-Men: Bloodties by Scott Lobdell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“There’s also some heavy allusion to Concentration Camps, fighting God-like beings, and so many other things. It’s an amazing book with a lot more to offer than just funny-book men beating up each other. I encourage anyone to go check it out. ”


Black Panther - template

Black Panther: Who Is the Black Panther?Black Panther: Who Is the Black Panther? by Reginald Hudlin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

” From here Hudlin can tell whatever story he wants, secure in the knowledge that we know what’s what.”


Defenders - template

Secret Defenders: A Gathering of Heroes (Secret Defenders, # 1)Secret Defenders: A Gathering of Heroes by Roy Thomas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“A Gathering of Heroes is a great Avengers story, a great Wolverine story, a great Darkhawk story, a great Defenders story, a great Doctor Strange story, and a great Midnight Sons story all rolled up into one. There’s something in this for everyone.”


thor - son of asgard

Thor: Son of Asgard, Vol. 1: The WarriorsThor: Son of Asgard, Vol. 1: The Warriors by Akira Yoshida
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

“I can’t accurately impress how bad this Dawson’s Creek-style re-imagining of Thor is. The plot revolves around Thor, Sif, and Baldar as young teens at the beginnings of their romance, as Thor struggles with the fact that he has yet to prove himself worthy enough to lift his hammer. This is particularly head-scratching for anyone who knows the original plot of Thor or saw the first Thor feature film. So you’re telling me he became worthy, lifted the hammer, then suddenly became unworthy again in time for his origin story into the Marvel Universe? Give me a break.”


iron man - iron heart

War Machine - Volume 1: Iron HeartWar Machine – Volume 1: Iron Heart by Greg Pak

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Marvel reviews

Dark Reign: ZodiacDark Reign: Zodiac by Joe Casey

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


avengers - breakdown

The New Avengers, Vol. 1: BreakoutThe New Avengers, Vol. 1: Breakout by Brian Michael Bendis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“They needed each other here, and that makes the whole thing that much more grand and epic.”


captain america - template

Captain America: Streets of PoisonCaptain America: Streets of Poison by Mark Gruenwald

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


avengers - captain america joins

Avengers (1963) #4Avengers (1963) #4 by Stan Lee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Possibly the most interesting aspect of The Avengers is that the member many people consider “key,” ie: Captain America, wasn’t an Avengers from the get-go: he came in at issue #4 and was granted “founder” membership after-the-fact, replacing Hulk. The latter development happened once the group became for democratic and less like a boys clubhouse that also fought off extraterrestrial threats.

Captain America coming out of the ice is one of those seminal moments in Avengers history: one of the few from these early days outside the formation of the team as a whole. That might get me some flak, but honestly: how much does the first battle with Space Phantom really effect ongoing Avengers lore? Not at all? Yeah, I thought so. Early Avengers got by on its star power, which was and is fairly impressive.

A great single-issue from the 60s run, worth checking out.


xmen - inferno

X-Men: Inferno CrossoversX-Men: Inferno Crossovers by Chris Claremont
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nowadays, The Avengers is the hottest comic property around and every time they go through an event or status change, the ripples are felt throughout the rest of the Marvel Universe titles. In the late 80s and through most of the 90s, it was the Uncanny X-Men. So when Inferno, an epic crossover years in the building and featuring the demonization of most of New York City, hit: it affected the rest of the New York based Marvel Comics characters in a big way: some ways still affecting the Marvel Universe to this day.


DarkReign_logo_invert

Dark Reign: Dark Avengers #1Dark Reign: Dark Avengers #1 by Brian Michael Bendis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you haven’t noticed by now, there’s one particular type of Avengers story that is particularly popular: the assembling. This is true of all team books to an extent, but in many ways it is quite unique to The Avengers, at least in the Marvel Universe. X-Men usually come and go one at a time (rather than en masse). The Fantastic Four has a fairly consistent membership. The Defenders whom schtick is that they don’t have a membership. Only The Avengers, seemingly, have these great epistemic shifts in power in such a way that, every dozen issues or so, an entire issue needs to be dedicated just to sitting down and picking out new members.


Marvel reviews

Heroic Age: One Month to LiveHeroic Age: One Month to Live by Rick Remender

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

“In the end, it’s 5 issues of that joke from Family Guy when Mayor Adam West rolls in toxic sludge to get powers, but ends up getting cancer. Except it isn’t played for laughs.”


cage - town without pity

New Avengers: Luke Cage - Town without PityNew Avengers: Luke Cage – Town without Pity by John Arcudi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Cage has gotten some really interesting mini-series’s in recent years to go along with his role as an Avenger. This mini dealing with his past goes hand-in-hand with the Shadowland miniseries that dealt with his passing-on of the mantle of hero-for-fire.”


avengers - acts of vengeance

Acts of Vengeance Crossovers OmnibusActs of Vengeance Crossovers Omnibus by Walter Simonson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“In addition to all this, the Damage Control mini-series is collected in its totality, and there are some great one-off issues of The Incredible Hulk and Power Pack. All said, the good and the bad balance each other out fairly well.”

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