My 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
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