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Avengers Forever (Colección Extra Superhéroes #13)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  922 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Heroes out of time! Through the years, the Avengers have fought myriad villains and monsters, protecting Earth and her inhabitants from harm. No matter the odds, no matter the sacrifice, Earth's Mightiest Heroes have always found a way to reach victory. Now, they face a different kind of menace. A menace so great, it has made allies out of sworn enemies. This seemingly unc ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published November 23rd 2011 by Marvel (first published January 2001)
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Jun 03, 2010 Jackie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It may have started slow, and confusing in the beginning - which makes complete sense since the first four issues was a set up to explain the purpose of the story - but in the end, everything came to together and it was awesome.
Nicolo Yu
Jan 20, 2015 Nicolo Yu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew when I was buying this originally in single issues every month almost two decades ago that this story by Busiek and Pacheco was going to be a modern classic. This story would place in the top five of most Avengers' list of essential stories.

This was a story full of great scenes and iconic images. One inedible cover was that of issue four; a disillusioned Captain America on the verge of defeat kneeling in front of damaged statue of the original founders.

This story has remained for me an ev
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Oh, dear. I shouldn't have put off writing this review for so long. There is a lot going on in this book, because of the complexity of the storyline. It revolves around Rick Jones, a sort of honorary human sidekick of the Avengers who has some very traumatic moments, as well as having saved the Avengers himself a time or two. Immortus, a villain from the future fixates on him Rick Jones with the intention of killing him, and Rick uses his mental abilities to pull various Avengers from different ...more
Not a bad series. A lot of reviewers noted that, if someone didn't know all the history of the Avengers, they'd be lost in this book, as various Avengers from various timelines are brought together to fight for the sake of time itself. But I didn't find the Avengers themselves confusing. Busiek gives enough information to understand which Hank Pym we're getting, for instance.

Instead, like most time travel stories, this one gets a bit bogged down in bringing too many timelines together and trying

Perhaps the best Avengers tale ever told. Probably not the best choice for the uninitiated. But for long-time Avengers fans this one's pretty hard to beat.
Aug 10, 2014 Nicholas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-marvel
Kurt. Kurt, my man. You let me down. I am so disappoint.

I am not a fan of time travel stories. I mean hypothetically, they could be done right, but I've yet to find a single case where there aren't at least tiny flaws in logic present. Most of the time there are huge gaping holes in the logic. Sadly, Avengers Forever falls into that latter category.

The premise is interesting - Avengers from different time periods are assembled to rectify dangers further down the time stream. As humanity spreads
Jul 23, 2011 Kurt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the Avengers, but this continuity-heavy limited series was a little much for me. The basic story is that Kang and Immortus are fighting over Rick Jones, so seven random Avengers get roped in from different time periods to save humanity and the future and time itself and whatever. Over the course of twelve issues, some continuity problems are resolved, but most of what looks like resolution feels more like a more streamlined confusion than anything else, with alternate timelines and parado ...more
I am a huge fan of Kurt Busiek's writing. I absolutely adore his Astro City and have read three out of the five hard cover collections of his run on The Avengers (the part of the run he did with George Perez, and the remaning two volumes await my attention) with great enjoyment. So, naturally I wanted to read his Avengers Forever miniseries (which originally came out simultaneously with some of those early Avengers issues of his and Perez's). Unfortunately the volume proved difficult to find, bu ...more
Feb 14, 2016 Ed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Avengers Forever is a pure expression of the fun of magnificent superhero madness. It's dense with allusions that are fun if you know them, but even more fun if you don't. They contribute to the overwhelming sense that this is a wide world and you are only seeing a small glimpse of it. The story is shockingly modern, as is most of the style with the exception of a narrator and non-naturalistic dialogue.

Some of my favorite parts were the scenes with the 1950s Avengers, the take-charge take on th
Kurt Rocourt
Jun 04, 2012 Kurt Rocourt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marvel-tpb
One of the best Avengers stories ever. It does turn into a strange time travel story but that's okay. You should read this book for the characters. You get a good sense of who the Avengers are but more importantly what they stand for. And what they will stand for Forever. Thats the point of this story and the main reason why it works.
I honestly expected more from this. I'm starting to think that maybe Busiek helming the Avengers is simply not for me.

This is a story about time travel and avoiding a catastrophe. Rick Jones is the piece that will decide humanity's future, so there are big names interested in him, either to kill him or protect him. A bunch of assorted Avengers, Rick himself, Kang and Immortus battle it out while doing a very handy tour through Avenger's history, both "actual" and alternate. One thing that Busiek
Jan 27, 2017 Colm rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
This was an... in-depth read. My head kinda hurts after it. Requires a LOT of prior information about the Avengers and takes a lot of patience. The plot takes a long time to set up but the pay-off is worth it.

On another note, I know Marvel love time travel but... JESUS. Absolutely mad.
May 20, 2013 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been on a kick of reading Avengers comics, and Kurt Busiek is one of my all-time favorite comic book writers, so this seemed like a natural fit.

It was pretty good, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations. If Busiek has a flaw as a writer, it's his tendency to try to cram TOO MUCH onto the page at once. One pities his poor artists: "Okay, in this next panel, the Avengers fight an army of millions of soldiers ripped from history. Okay, now have a panel that shows all the Avengers from
I ended up dropping this from four stars to three stars. It is somewhere between two and three stars; I think I would rate it high enough to round it up than down. It is an okay storyline, I guess. The 'cheat sheet' at the end with the footnotes is helpful, as it covers the 'history' behind the various events that occurred in the series.

The collected work is Kurt Busiek's interpretation of the convoluted history of the Avengers while telling a tale about Rick Jones and the Destiny Force. Plucki
Devin Bruce
Oct 12, 2008 Devin Bruce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Marvel Comics fans.
Shelves: fiction, comics, adventure
Avengers Forever is a superhero adventure story that spans the history of recorded time and a couple of theoretical dimensions, as well as nearly 40 years of Marvel Comics continuity. And with all that baggage, while it's really trying to soar, sometimes it gets held back. I really liked the idea of gathering 7 Avengers from throughout the team's history and trying to get them to work together. Having future members keeping secrets from past members, awkward interactions: the attention to the in ...more
Adam Graham
Jul 30, 2014 Adam Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This twelve issue 1990s Maxi-series finds a team of seven Avengers, all from different eras coming together to fight for the life of Rich Jones who, as a young man, aided the Hulk and brought the Avengers together. They're opposed by Immortus who, working for the Time Keepers, is determined to kill Jones who possesses the Destiny Force which has lead humans in many timestreams to become the terror of the galaxy. Along the way, as the Avengers cross time and space they meet the 1950s Avengers (la ...more
R. Morris
I just read this for probably the fourth time and it still stands up as one of my favorite Avengers stories. Definitely NOT for the casual reader, AVENGERS FOREVER requires readers to have a good amount of Avengers history under their belts to be really enjoyed. Kurt Busiek is at his wordiest here, with many pages taking extra time to read. Sure, some of the peripheral dialogue can be skimmed, but there's such a large chunk of story exposition that demands attention.
When I first read this in 199
Dec 02, 2015 James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
A group of Avengers fight the keepers of time itself in this 12-issue miniseries. It's a mixed group from different time periods: Cap in his Secret Empire phase, for instance, mixed with a pumped-up, pre-humiliation Yellowjacket and even a few players from the future. They all have to weigh what to share and what should be secret as they team up to take on Immortus, who's trying to kill Rick Jones to stave off a deeper cull of humanity due to the threat the species poses across timelines.

The cos
Aug 03, 2013 Miles rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
"it is a tale... full of sound and fury. Signifying nothing." Marvel's original claim to fame was quirky, "human" characters, where character development and chemistry were emphasized more than was typical for comics. Somewhere along the way, certain writers seemed to feel that they needed to raise the stakes in order to get readers excited. It was even better if they could stretch stories over multiple issues (maybe with some cross-overs along the way). Ideally, these stories would involve doze ...more
Apr 15, 2016 Silas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a long, complicated story that rewards a deep knowledge of the Avengers and a number of other Marvel properties throughout their continuity. While I believe that it is still possible to follow if you don't have that knowledge, you will definitely get a lot more out of it if you do. Having that kind of background, this appealed to me a great deal, though parts of it were difficult to follow at times, in the way that time travel stories often do. The Destiny Force is a bit of an odd story ...more
Nov 07, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great adventure. Kurt Busiek crafted an exciting story. He assembled a great team, and the different characters all have great moments. His use of Hawkeye is a particular highlight. Carlos Pacheco provided some incredible art for the book. There are many sequences that are simply jaw dropping. The only criticisms are that there are times the story drags a bit because the creators are tying up some loose continuity ends created by other Avengers stories, and there is a chapter towards the end of ...more
***Dave Hill
Jun 18, 2012 ***Dave Hill rated it it was amazing
Collects the 12-issue maxi-series from the late 90s, wherein Busiek (with Roger Stern co-plotting) engages in a delicious feast of Avengers trivia and no-prizing, trying resolve in-continuity some of the outstanding plot hiccups across Avengers history.

With a team consisting of Avengers from their founding to the future, and the involvement of Kang and Immortus duking it out against each other and across history, it's far too confusing to summarize well -- you just have to lie back and enjoy it
I am new to the Marvel Universe and I will admit that this is a difficult introduction to the world of The Avengers. However, this comic has everything! Avengers from various time periods are brought together to fight the chronologically challenged Immortus throughout multiple timelines. I am not just talking about Avengers from different eras either, but characters at a defined low/high point brought together specifically for this Destiny War. There were moments where I was spinning in confusio ...more
Jun 09, 2012 Christopher rated it liked it
Well, it's not quite as great as I remember, but it is still a fun and satisfying (albeit rather confusing) read. My biggest problem with the series (and with a lot of modern comics in general) is the need to try and untangle and explain years and years of convoluted comic book history. In doing so, the creators unwittingly make things more confused and convoluted, if that's even possible. There were a few other things that bothered, such as the characterization of Rick Jones and Hawkeye's terri ...more
Trae Stratton
Feb 10, 2016 Trae Stratton rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Six issues through this I was ready to put it down, and hardly expected that if I didn't I would be giving it more than two stars. Fortunately the second half turned out much, much better than I ever thought it would. I should also mention that this particular compendium has Source Notes at the back that are a VERY interesting companion read to each issue so that helped too. I might also add that part of the problem for me was the Avengers Roster selected for this arc. If you're a big fan of Cap ...more
Jun 14, 2010 Travis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books
A huge, sprawling time travel epic that takes a small group of heroes from one end of time to the other, as well as all the stuff in-between and about a half dozen alternate histories.
More guest stars and pieces of Marvel history than seems possible to fit in one story and Busiek actually tries to show us where alot of past time travel stories fit together and actually make sense.

Big and cosmic, with a strong emotional core and a 'Oh, wow!' moment on every other page.
Wasn't thrilled with all the
Mark CC
The second and fourth quarters are pretty fun and weird, and likely what drive calling this one of the best Avengers stories ever. But it starts off kind of confusing (why these specific characters? you can't think of anyone more emblematic of the Avengers than Songbird and Genis?) and issues 7 & 8 (I think) are nothing but captioned explanations of capital-C Continuity for Kang and Immortus and it really really gets tedious.

I LOVED the notes in the back telling me where every alternate univ
Shannon Appelcline
Busier knows his Avengers history and does a great job of playing with it here, by combining together 7 Avengers from a variety of eras and facing them with many classic events. He also makes great use of Kang and Immortus, two of the Avengers' best foes.

The story really shines through the first seven issues but then it starts to hit some bumps. Issues #8 + 9 are way too heavy on retcons, producing stories that are more about the past than the present (and not really updating the Avengers in an
Nov 18, 2013 Devero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una grande storia dei Vendicatori, sulla storia dei Vendicatori. Anche, la storia definitiva di Kang e Immortus.
Kurt Busiek, uno dei migliori scrittori di fumetti vivente, si lancia in un'analisi approfondita di molti dei momenti cruciali della continuity dell'universo Marvel, e tra le righe di una storia tanto bella quanto complessa, fornisce la sua interpretazione di ciò che questo gruppo di eroi è, è stato e sempre dovrebbe essere. Nulla a che vedere col ciarpame scritto da Bendis, anzi, all'
Jul 25, 2012 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's batshit insane, mostly boring, very confusing and has a crappy narrative style that tries to emulate films by switching scenes in the midst of a line of panels etc. For me this was both jarring and confusing.

Some of the dialogue and exposition (particularly by Yellowjacket and Hawkeye) are cringe-worthy and it seems to me you need to be as much of an anorak as the writer to really appreciate it. I'd say within the first volume of six issues they introduce about 60 characters. That can get r
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Kurt Busiek is an American comic book writer notable for his work on the Marvels limited series, his own title Astro City, and his four-year run on Avengers.

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