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Review: Avengers #1.1

avengers__1_1My first thoughts as I saw Avengers #1.1 was who is this comic aimed for, and what is its purpose? We have the current Avengers team, and then the young upstart Champions which are also both penned by Mark Waid. Don’t get me wrong, I think returning to the old days of Marvel is an interesting place to tell a few stories from, but I am hoping this book is much more than that. It would be cool if Waid touched on the lack of diversity on the team back then. I would love a book that wasn’t afraid to confront that topic.

The book starts with the founding members taking some time off and handing the reigns over to Captain America, and three other members they selected. Cap plays the usual boy scout, and not the Hydra Cap we are seeing currently. He is struggling with Hawkeye, who seems to be challenging him as the leader, and two former criminals, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, who are the children of Magneto. I am curious to see if this will be a rehashing of some things for a younger audience, or a retelling of some things from the old days. Will Waid use all of these titles to retcon some things? Only time will tell.

Barry Kitson does a good job on art in making the book feel authentic to its time period. It was fun to see Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Wasp, Scarlet Witch, and more in their old costumes. There was a few moments that I felt like I was looking at a book by Jack Kirby, so that’s a good thing for what the title is going for. Our heroes look sharp and straight out of the Silver Age of comics. It was fun to see some old school over the top villains fighting our heroes, and they’re drawn well. Even the lettering was well done to the time period. Character names and plot points are in bold and capital letters to show the reader what is going on in that old heavy handed way that comics from this era used.

It is claimed that this series will have direct ramifications to the current Avengers title Waid is writing, and I cannot help but think it will have to do with their current conflict with Kang. That makes me a little excited for this series, and immediately changes things as we may not just see some isolated story set in Marvel’s past, but something where the heroes of old could meet the heroes of the current team. I must say if that is done well, it would make me immediately more excited for this series. It helps that Waid is writing all of these books and could find a way to tie them together.

This was an okay book, and it could get interesting if it truly ties into the current team, or it could be a fun little break from everything else Marvel is doing. I plan to keep my eye on this title, and I want to see where Waid is taking all of our Avengers, both new and old.

Story: Mark Waid Art: Barry Kitson
Story: 6 Art: 8 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Avengers #1.1

Avengers #1.1

(W) Mark Waid (A/CA) Barry Kitson
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 09, 2016
SRP: $3.99

The Old Order Changeth – more than you ever suspected! For the first time ever, learn what really happened all those years ago when the founding Avengers turned their membership over to a set of new recruits. The recently thawed Captain America is joined by three reformed super villains – Hawkeye, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch – and a new group of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes takes shape – in a story that has direct ramifications for the Avengers of today!

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Around the Tubes

avengers__1Doctor Strange is opening up this weekend! Who’s heading out to go see it? While you decide whether or not you will, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

CBR – DC Comics TV Series Generate $1 Billion a Year in Revenue – That’s some serious change.

Comics Alliance – ‘Deadpool 2’ Just Lost Composer Junkie XL – Well that’s one more person to hire.

CBR – FBI Offers $10K Reward For Info on Missing Comic Artist Norman Lee – If anyone has information.

ICv2 – Paramount Options Rob Liefeld’s ‘Avengelyne’ – This should be interesting. Expect more Liefeld movies with Deadpool being a hit.

Newsarama – New Line’s SANDMAN Screenwriter Drops Out… Because He Thinks It Should Be On TV – Tell us what you really think.

The Beat – Comics publisher Double Take is shutting down at the end of the month – That’s a shame. Especially after their NYCC showing.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Avengers #1

Talking Comics – Death of X #3

Comic Vine – The Unworthy Thor #1

Review: Avengers #1

avengers__1The time has come! Their ranks shattered by Civil War, their spirits weighted down by a toll both personal and spiritual, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes must find the resolve to stand united one final time against their greatest foe! Captain America! Thor! The Vision! The Wasp! Spider-Man! Hercules! When the dust settles, not a one of these valiant heroes will make it to the final page alive! This is KANG WAR ONE!

Writer Mark Waid kicks off Avengers #1 with a new status-quo following whatever transpires in the finale of Civil War II. And that’s the one armed tied behind the back aspect of this debut issue of the mightiest heroes’ latest comic series. Without knowing how Marvel’s event ends we’re left with teases and a statement here and there as to what transpired and why the team is in the situation they’re in. It’s a bit odd, and could work in a jump forward sort of way that transpired post-Secret Wars, but this isn’t a jump forward so it’s a bit clunky and the issue might have been read differently if Marvel‘s release plans had worked out originally and not be hampered by Civil War II‘s delays. So that’s the bad thing about the comic.

What’s good is Waid writes the comic so that it’s still new reader friendly and doesn’t spoil the ending of Marvel’s event. Instead, we have a new Avengers team that’s short on members and without a base. In steps Peter Parker to help them out filling the role of a socially awkward Tony Stark-ish benefactor. It’s an interesting direction for the team and Parker as a character and is just different enough that it doesn’t feel like the same ole with different characters plugged in. The inclusion of Parker/Spider-Man is interesting especially considering how he was originally part of Captain America’s Unity squad but quit due to the inclusion of Deadpool.

But, what Waid does really well is focus on the characters themselves and their interactions, both good and bad. The Wasp has issues with Spider-Man, Sam Wilson is a bit uneasy with the way things are, there’s a good bit of humor, it all blends together into a fun read and a bit of a throwback to the more “loose and fun” Avengers of old.

Waid too sets up what comes next well having the team take on Kang who is after Vision. We get a solid explanation as to why everything is going on and the end of the issue sets up what’s next really well with some twists that actually should be really fun to see how it plays out. It’s Kang, so there’s lots of time travel involved, but Waid explains it as best he can and there’s a point you just go with it.

Artist Mike Del Mundo‘s art fits the tone of the comic perfectly and the action sequences are fantastic to look at. As I said, Waid mixes action with humor and Del Mundo’s art reflects that in many ways. It’s a solid combo of writer and artist and the two together really pull things together in a visual treat that’s as much fun to look at as it is to read.

And fun is a key thing here. Waid is clearly going for a tone between this series and Champions and that tone is a return to fun comics that don’t linger on the grim and dark. I had gotten a bit tired of the Avengers as a team, but this first issue has me interested again and wanting to see where things go from here.

Story: Mark Waid Art: Mike Del Mundo
Story: 7.75 Art: 8.15 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

This Week’s Marvel Previews

Check out previews for all of Marvel‘s releases this week before they hit the shelves this Wednesday. Click the cover below to see the full preview.

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Preview: Avengers #1

Avengers #1

(W) Mark Waid (A) Mike Del Mundo (CA) Alex Ross
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 02, 2016
SRP: $4.99

The time has come! Their ranks shattered by Civil War, their spirits weighted down by a toll both personal and spiritual, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes must find the resolve to stand united one final time against their greatest foe! Captain America! Thor! The Vision! The Wasp! Spider-Man! Hercules! When the dust settles, not a one of these valiant heroes will make it to the final page alive! This is KANG WAR ONE!

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Monsters Unleashed Unleashes Monster-Sized Tie-Ins!

This January, it’s all hands on deck as the Avengers, the Champions, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the X-Men, the Inhumans and more stand toe-to-toe with hordes of giant monsters in Monsters Unleashed #1! As Cullen Bunn and five of the biggest artists in the industry bring you a spectacular clash of heroes vs. monsters, the action is spilling out into the rest of the Marvel Universe! Marvel has announced Spider-Man/Deadpool #1.MU and Avengers #1.MU as the first two one-shots getting in on the massive monster mayhem!

It all kicks off in Spider-Man/Deadpool #1.MU, as the Marvel’s resident odd couple comes face-to-face(-to face?) with one of the hundreds of giant behemoths smashing and stomping their way across the Marvel Universe! Spider-Man swings into action, but what can one wallcrawler do against just one of these massive monstrosities? Thankfully he has Deadpool backing him up! Just kidding, Deadpool is going to be about as helpful as he usually is. Then, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes take the fight to the monsters in Avengers #1.MU! Can a team of some of the strongest characters around hold the line against the monster invasion? Or will they be crushed like everyone else?

We’re just getting started, True Believer! You won’t want to miss the massive monster mayhem as Monsters Unleashed rampages across some of your favorite titles next year! Don’t miss Avengers #1.MU and Spider-Man/Deadpool #1.MU when they come to comic shops and digital devices in January! Plus, look for more oversized .MU one-shots coming to some of your favorite titles in February and March.

Spider-Man/Deadpool #1.MU is written by Joshua Corin with art by Tigh Walker and a cover by Dave Johnson. Avengers #1.MU is written by Jim Zub with art by Sean Izaakse and cover by David Nakayama.

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Avengers #1.1 Brings Past Secrets to Light This November!

The old order changeth – more than you ever suspected! Marvel has released a first look at Avengers #1.1 – a new 5 part story running alongside the highly anticipated Avengers ongoing series! From writer Mark Waid and artist Barry Kitson comes a secret from the Avengers past long since buried.

For the first time ever, learn what really happened all those years ago when the founding Avengers turned their membership over to a set of new recruits. The recently thawed Captain America is joined by three reformed super villains – Hawkeye, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. Yet as a new group of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes takes shape, uncover the story you were never told. A story that will have direct ramifications on the Avengers of today in Mark Waid and Mike Del Mundo’s Avengers ongoing series!

AVENGERS #1.1 (SEP160925)
Written by MARK WAID
Art & Cover by BARRY KITSON
Variant Covers by ALEX MALEEV (SEP160927) and ALAN DAVIS (SEP160926)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (SEP160928)
FOC – 10/17/16, On-Sale – 11/09/16

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Avengers #1 Assembles for Marvel NOW!

Their ranks shattered by war, their spirits weighed down by tolls both personal and spiritual, what’s left of the Avengers must find the resolve to stand together once more. Marvel presents a new beginning for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and your first look inside the highly-anticipated Avengers #1! Eisner Award-winning writer Mark Waid joins rising comics superstar Mike Del Mundo to bring Marvel’s mightiest into Marvel NOW! and face-to-face with their greatest villain!

Now, Captain America, Thor, The Vision, The Wasp, Hercules and the Amazing Spider-Man leap into the time stream to confront Kang the Conqueror! But when the dust settles, not a one of these valiant heroes will make it to the final page alive. Welcome to…KANG WAR ONE!

AVENGERS #1 (SEP160885)
Written by MARK WAID
Art by MIKE DEL MUNDO
Cover by ALEX ROSS
Variant Covers by ADAM KUBERT (SEP160886);
LORENZO PASTROVICCHIO (SEP160887)
Hip-Hop Variant by DANIEL ACUNA (SEP160889)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (SEP160890)
Divided We Stand Variant by BUTCH GUICE (SEP160891)
Captain America 75th Anniversary Variant by ALEX MALEEV (SEP160888)
Blank Variant Also Available (SEP160892)
FOC – 10/10/16, On-Sale – 11/02/16

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Fashion Spotlight: Wakanda Black Coffee, Avengers Rhapsody, Daft Mercenary

Ript Apparel has three new designs! Wakanda Black Coffee, Avengers Rhapsody, and Daft Mercenary, by BoggsNicolas, aaronmoralesdesignshnm, and Soulkr are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

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Avengers Rhapsody

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Daft Mercenary

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