I was a bit wary about the beginning of this series because Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen took a team made up of primarily “street level” superheroes and put them in a story that was heavily influenced tied into magic. I thought it might have turned into a big misstep, but the creators have really surprised me with the way they are having the characters react to something they really aren’t known for.
I’m not sure that I like the way that Spider-Man and Ben Grimm get treated like a couple of chumps, but oh well, at least they look good. Stuart Immonen has become one of my favorite Ben Grimm artists after only two issues.
Recommendation: If you liked the first issue, then you will like the second one. If you like some of the other Avengers books more, then this will probably not change your mind, but you are wrong about it. The others are OK, but The New Avengers has the potential to be great.
I have read what I think are all of #1 issues of the newly relaunched Avengers books.
Avengers: I think this will be the one most people will gravitate towards because it has all of the big names like Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Spider-Man and Wolverine. Too bad they are making Wonder Man look like such a dick and the first villain they come across is Kang The Lameass Conqueror (he still makes my top five least favorite characters list).
The Secret Avengers: This is the title that has a lot of critical acclaim but people are talking more about Ed Brubaker than the actual content of the book. I haven’t been much of a Moon Knight fan since his days with the Defenders (actually just the Scorpio storyline that culminated with issue 50), I have never been much of a Valkyrie fan, Beast is my least favorite of the original X-Men and I was a fan of what Abnett and Lanning were doing with Nova in his own title. However, Brubaker writing Black Widow is a HUGE draw.
Avengers Academy: A bunch of new characters along with Hank Pym, Rhodey (who should still be hanging out with The Crew, but oh well) and Tigra. This book should be a trainwreck waiting to happen, but the revelation at the end of the first issue really piqued my interest and I want to see what will happen next.
Avengers Prime: According to David A Price, this is a bi-monthly five issue miniseries. Also known in some circles as tradebait. There is no reason to do anything but wait for the entire story to be finished and collected. There was a great segment where Tony Stark called Steve Rogers on his hypocrisy, but like I said, you can wait to read it in trade.
The New Avengers: I thought I would dislike this one the most. No particular reason, but it just didn’t seem like something I would like. However, I like “getting the team together” type stories. And I really like the make up of the actual team: Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Ms. Marvel, Jessica Jones, Hawkeye, Mockingbird, Wolverine, Spider-Man and The Thing (I think it would be a great scene to have the last three sitting around swapping stories about all of the team ups they have had in the past, but I think that would only appeal to a certain type of reader).
While I liked them all to varying degrees, I would say my favorite two are Avengers Academy and The New Avengers. I think that because I am not the world’s biggest Steve Rogers fan it comes as no surprise that I prefer the two books he is not a part of.
One thing I thought was really interesting was the first stories for each team. The intro/training of Avengers Academy is a pretty obvious thing to start out with, but the established teams are all in different types of story: Avengers/time travel, Secret Avengers/sci fi action, Avengers Prime/fantasy adventure, and The New Avengers/mystical threats.
Now that I have read all five of them, I can safely say that I will probably be picking up the titles in trade going forward.
If you have read one or more of the titles, what do you think of them?
Look at your man then look at us. Mike, Micah and Bill discuss Amazing Spider-man, Soap on a Rope, Batman The Brave and The Bold, Siege, Tiny Titans, Blackest Night, Milestone Comics, Triumphant Comics, Malibu Comics, The Beast, Archie, Savage Dragon, Captain America Reborn, Captain America Who Will Wield the Shield, Dark Avengers, New Avengers, Arkham Reborn. We then discuss some TV including Spartacus Blood and Sand, Smallville, and Human Target. Movies discussed are The Crazies, Justice League Crisis of Two Earths, Planet Hulk, Devil’s Backbone, Paranormal Activity, Couples Retreat, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Dead Snow. We talk some homemade french fries, chicken enchiladas, chicken caesar wraps, and Red Bush.
Join Mike, Micah and Bill as they are joined by Keith Knudsen (DC Noise). Keith discusses his Yoga experience which is followed up by tons of comic talk featuring Milestone Forever, The New Guardians (from Millennium), Millennium, Samurai, Nightwing, Avengers, Joe The Barbarian, R.E.B.E.L.S, The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century, Superman World of New Krypton, Super Friends, Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam, Hero Squad, Spartacus Blood and Sand The comic, Cinderella, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, Jonah Hex, Magog, Wildcats, The Authority, GI Joe Cobra Special, Transformers Ongoing, Rapture, Stumptown, New Avengers, Jackpot, Justice Society of America, Justice League of America and Cry for Justice. TV talk includes Lost, Sanford and Son, Star Wars Clone Wars, Archer, Batman The Brave and the Bold, Smallville, Modern Family, Community and the Human Target. Movies include Blood The Last Vampire, Big River Man, High Society, 2012, Planet Hulk, Hurt Locker, Adventureland, Away we Go, and Inglourious Basterds. Finally the guys finish up by discussing Brunch and how to soak your nuts.
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I stopped by a comic shop on the way home today. I asked the guy behind the counter “What have you sold the most of this week?”
He told me and I bought Dark Avengers #2.
I also picked up:
Tangent: Superman’s Reign #7
Tangent: Superman’s Reign #9
Tangent: Superman’s Reign #10
Tangent: Superman’s Reign #11
I couldn’t find #8 and I forgot to pick up #12. (Yeah, I know, Idiocy Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Every Derek. *Very obscure reference.*)
X-Men: Supernovas, Wolverine, New Avengers, Mighty Avengers, Immortal Iron Fist, Marvel Boy, and New X-Men are discussed.
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