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Avengers Assemble, Vol. 1 (Avengers, Vol. III)

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  576 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
Fan-favorite creators Kurt Busiek and George Pérez usher in a new era for Earth's Mightiest Heroes! Since the team's inception, the Avengers have always defended humanity against the forces of evil. When duty calls, these legendary champions answer, fighting valiantly until justice prevails. But what happens when their oldest foes strike directly at the team? On the eve of ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 4th 2004 by Marvel Comics Group
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Gianfranco Mancini
I disegni di Pérez sono a dir poco stratosferici, ma definire ampolloso lo stile narrativo di Busiek é un eufemismo...
Alcune storie sono invecchiate male, ma i disegni sono talmente belli che quasi non ci si fa caso e la mini saga con i Vendicatori morti é da 5 stelle.

Dec 31, 2011 J. rated it liked it
In his best moments, Busiek really brings the Avengers into the real world. Unfortunately, in this volume, he's still caught up doing the same old thing. Remembering that this book was written near the end of the '90s, my absolute least favorite time for comics, I can give him some leeway--it's clear that he's trying to drag the avengers out of that time without doing anything so different as to alienate readers. The nice moments, as always, are not the comic book ones, but the personal ones. An ...more
Feb 28, 2014 James rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I'm a big Kurt Busiek fan, but I didn't think this first volume of his Avengers run had much of his magic. It's very much a "getting the band back together" kickoff after the shenanigans of the Onslaught saga, and it seems stuck in pretty rigid 90s storytelling.

It is fun to see nearly all the Avengers in one room. But the personal drama isn't handled very subtly. We're constantly hit with the fact that Ms. Marvel is drinking too much, Hawkeye is having a hard time dealing with a subordinate pos
Brian Poole
May 26, 2015 Brian Poole rated it really liked it
Avengers Assemble, Vol. 1 is where the modern re-birth of the Avengers franchise took off, setting the stage for the massive success in the 16 years to follow.

Once all the Heroes had been Reborn and then Returned, the Avengers still weren’t active. An alternate reality fight with Morgan LeFay assembled everyone ever an Avenger and teased Wonder Man’s resurrection. A new line-up debuted: Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Hawkeye and Warbird, with New Warriors Justice and Fir
Mar 09, 2014 Devero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un volumazzo corposo. Non capisco come si possa inserire Sean Chen come autore principale, quando ha disegnato poco o nulla di tutto ciò. L'autore è principalmente Kurt Busiek per i testi, e George Perez per i disegni. Tra i viventi, negli USA, sono il meglio del meglio.
Le storie sono quelle del Ritorno Degli Eroi, con i Vendicatori al massimo del loro splendore, ed i comprimari ed avversari anche. C'è una non leggera riflessione su cosa voglia dire essere un vendicatore, e sentirsi tale. C'è un
Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 16, 2012 Mike (the Paladin) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
Some of you probably knew up front (if you thought about it at all) that I'd like this book as it takes a pretty big screw up for me not to like the Avengers...especially if Cap's the one in charge.

I've noted before that I grew up collecting Silver Age comics and that I slide nostalgically back to my youth when I read these.

Same here. Good book, good art, lots of action lots of heroes (if the Avengers has a draw back it's the huge roster of past and temporary members). Still that's not a big d
Randy Lander
There are some elements of cheesiness, and a '70s/'80s throwback style, that are occasionally stumbling blocks for the Busiek/Perez (and later Busiek/Davis and Busiek/other artists) new millennial run of Avengers.

However, as someone whose definitive Avengers was the Roger Stern/John Buscema era, who still thinks Mark Gruenwald wrote the definitive Captain America, who would hold up the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition as one of the best comics Marvel ever published? Well,
Christian Smith
Mar 08, 2016 Christian Smith rated it really liked it
The Avengers are back. After the battle with Onslaught finally the Avengers have returned better than ever.
-very nice vibrant art
-story telling is very nice
-so many avengers im in HEAVEN!!!!
-weird panal to panal costume glitches. like how did carol change into her costume by just starting to fly. Plus other things
Jan 25, 2016 Labyrinth rated it really liked it
A most excellent adventure but primarily character driven, which is what I really, really love. Plus, this line up has lots of characters that I really care about, including Firestar. The best part, though, is the Scarlet Witch, her increasing mystical power, and her relationship with Wonder Man. The only downside, if one could call it that, is Busiek pulls a great deal on the rich history of The Avengers, making references to the past that sometimes require an Internet search, but that's really ...more
May 01, 2015 Silas rated it really liked it
This was quite a long trade, both because it spanned 11 issues and also because the writing is rather more dense than current comics. 1998 wasn't so long ago, and I read comics concurrent with this one at the time, but the difference is pronounced. I liked how it tied in to events in other comics (like Thunderbolts and Heroes for Hire, both of which were favorites of mine at the time), and that it covered a lot of ground, with several threats showing up, as well as personal problems. The attempt ...more
Oct 24, 2014 laskavka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, poh-dka
Nádherně nakreslené, super příběhy, super postavy (i když místo komiksových obličejů jsem si tam podvědomě dosazovala ty filmové). Jediné, co mi vadilo je to, že neznám všechny ostatní díly a často je tam ně některý z nich odkaz a já tak něčemu nerozumněla. Určitě si chci ale přečíst další Marvelovky!
Mar 17, 2015 Ma'Belle rated it did not like it
I just told Goodreads that I finished this book on February 30. That's because I will likely never finish this run of Avengers comics unless I'm sucked into some parallel dimension or time travel is involved and I'm stuck in the late '90s.

Something about Busiek's declared love for continuity and the infinitely expansive, interconnected titles in either of the big two's universes that just turned me off. Or never drew me in to begin with. More recent Avengers Assemble books by Brian Michael Bendi
Jun 18, 2014 Shane rated it it was ok
My background in Avengers goes back to about 1978 but I only collected comics in spurts so I'm not an expert or anything. Kinda funny then that one of the most memorable Avengers comics I remember from being that young had to do with Wonderman coming back from the dead, it was some kinda of voodoo thing but I don't remember what issue it was or anything.

Of course Wonderman coming back from the dead is a big part of this graphic novel so it felt almost like nothing had changed in all those years.
Michael Irenski
Considering I began my comic addiction around '96, the year these issues (Avengers, Vol 3: #1-11) debuted, it goes without saying that this particular volume was a nostalgic trip into late-90s continuity. Unfortunately, it is also mired in late-90s cheese.

I mean, c'mon, an Avenger named Triathlon? Not to mention, characters are still using catchphrases and shortened abbreviations for codenames. With all that being said, I really couldn't get into the first two issues. It took me months to read
TJ Shelby
Nov 02, 2008 TJ Shelby rated it really liked it
I really wish that there were half-star options because I really wanted to give this book a 4.5 star rating. It was better than "I really liked it" but just a tiny portion below "It was amazing." So I rounded up and gave it a 5 star approval.

The Avengers stories have always been so tricky to do because you have iconic individual heroes and in putting them together can create an expectation so high, it becomes nearly impossible to achieve. DC's Justice League runs into the same dilemma. What made
Feb 21, 2014 Rob rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I figured this would be exactly my kind of thing and I spent a long time trying to get into it without success. Everything is overly broad strokes and long-time characters are acting like hotheaded teenagers for seemingly no reason. I'd much rather see another volume of Astro City or read some old Roger Stern-era Avengers.

Update: So I just read the Nights of Wundagore TB which contained that classic story about Gyrich whittling down the Avengers to seven. I realize one of the reasons this volum
Peter Gorman II
Jul 15, 2013 Peter Gorman II rated it liked it
Avengers Assemble Vol I. wasn't a bad read. I especially enjoyed the Scarlet Witch/Wonder Man storyline. My biggest problem with Busiek's Assemble is the seemingly direct relationship to the DC Crisis series. The thing that holds DC so far ahead of Marvel is the ability to make the storylines so much more real. Real problems facing real people who happen to be just slightly different from the reader themselves. Busiek attempts to go there. Wanda's found love, Warbird's a drunk, but it just seems ...more
***Dave Hill
May 15, 2011 ***Dave Hill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such classic comic material that it almost defies belief. Busiek grabs the best of what makes the traditional Silver Age Avengers -- the partnerships, the rivalries, the personal flaws and doubts, the noble challenge of heroism. George Perez is is usual, incredible best.

While I keep thinking of this as a modern rebooting of the Avengers saga -- following the (ack) Onslaught/Heroes Reborn disaster at Marvel -- in reality it dates back to 1998. Yikes. And, of course, since then, the whole
Rachel S.
Oct 04, 2015 Rachel S. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, comics, sci-fi
Yay! Wanda my girl!!! Ugh this makes me want to read House of M so bad. Firestar and Justice are the cutest and I can't wait to see their relationship evolve in the next volume! (They are engaged right?) Hawkeye is kind of annoying... but I like the development. (I prefer MCU Clint right now.) I love the other characters that are new to me- like Vision, Jan, and Hank. The only one I'm not sure of is...Simon. His relationship is setting up to be very...physical. There's nothing wrong with that, b ...more
May 09, 2014 DavidO rated it it was ok
A bit of a mess, with too much going on and some really lame plots.
Nov 13, 2013 Stephen rated it really liked it
This was the last run of Perez art that I really enjoyed. The stories from this period were sorta forgettable compared to the earth-shattering stuff that Bendis threw at us since these stories were published. Here everybody is still showing up at a mansion for a weekly meeting in New York while a chubby butler brings them coffee. No 'No more Mutants' yet, no Ultimates Avengers Tower, no Skrull Avengers, no registration of heroes yet. It's almost incredible the things that have changed about this ...more
Nov 06, 2015 Rajesh added it
This book will be awesome
Whit Mattson
Aug 07, 2014 Whit Mattson rated it did not like it
This just really wasn't good. The art wasn't compelling and the writing was telegraphed. The ingredients are almost there, but you know it's a bad sign when the world is about to be destroyed and I'm yawning.
Apr 12, 2015 Tony rated it liked it
Fun bit often muddled by bigger picture stuff.
May 13, 2012 Patrick rated it it was ok
I love Busiek, but this story left me flat. If you like this sort of 1970s comic book story. A superhero soap opera full of narration and stiff dialouge where everyone is always fighting a world-crushing evil and angsting to themselves in thought balloons, then this book is for you.

But I don't like those sorts of things. Hence the two stars.
Mark CC
Jun 12, 2016 Mark CC rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
This is a refreshing mix of modern and classic superhero stuff but after a while the verbosity tends to drag and (this isn't necessarily bad) the focus on legacy and inspiration makes it feel like a classically DC book which I am definitely not used to
May 01, 2012 Christine rated it liked it
Shelves: galley
Oh, Hawkeye. You're so sarcastic. I love it.

Also, Cap's last thought before the whiteness was of Iron Man. Stop making them canon, Marvel! You're giving me too many ideas as it is. (re-reads that part again)
Lots and lots of avengers are involved in this volume. Its a bit fanboyish to begin with, but then some decent stories start. Like the avengers celebration being gatecrashed by zombies. A good read.
Jul 28, 2013 Matías rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
El comienzo de una nueva etapa de los Héroes Más Poderosos de la Tierra a cargo de un increíble Kurt Busiek tras el desaguisado que supuso el macro-evento de Onslaught. Totalmente recomendable.
Dec 01, 2013 John rated it really liked it
A thrilling revival for the superhero title, and the right creative team at the right time to give AVENGERS the shot in the arm it needed to become Marvel's number one team book.
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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.

Busiek did not read comics as a youngster, as his parents disapproved of them. He began to read them regularly around the age of 14, when he picked up a copy of Daredevil #120. This was the first part of a continuity-heavy four-part story arc;
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