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

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  245 ratings  ·  25 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
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J.
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
Devero
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...more
Mike (the Paladin)
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...more
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,...more
James
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...more
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...more
TJ Shelby
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...more
Rob
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...more
Peter Gorman II
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
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...more
Emily
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
Stephen
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
Patrick
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
This was one of my all time favorite Avengers stories!
It'd be nice to see Busiek writing the Avengers again...someday...
Avengers Assemble, Vol. 1
Christine
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)
Angela
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.
Karl
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.
John
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.
Cassandra Ong
Read this many, many years back and it was my absolute favourite in the entire Avengers series! Took me forever to find the sequel but it was well worth it!
Kairi
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Why am I reading this? It's definitely because of Joss Whedon's The Avengers. It has all of my favorite characters and I love that movie.
Sarah
This is the first Avengers comic I've read and I really enjoyed it. Definitely whetted my appetite for more!
Matthew
Hadn't read any Avengers prior to this but really enjoyed it. Great storyline and well drawn.
PJ Ebbrell
not bad, not good. Some nice Alan Davis art. Teeny-weeny bit average?
Marshall Ruddock
Hey, Busiek written Avengers! Love it.
Julia
Maybe I'm just more of an X-men fan?
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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;...more
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