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Avengers Academy, Volume 1: Permanent Record (Avengers Academy #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  1,518 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
Determined to keep the tradition alive, founding Avenger Hank Pym leads a core team of veteran heroes in creating a place where the next generation of Earth's Mightiest can be trained by the greatest of those who preceded them. The future is in their hands...and in the hands of the six young superhumans chosen to make up the inaugural class. But who are they? And what dark ...more
Hardcover, Premiere, 168 pages
Published February 9th 2011 by Marvel (first published January 19th 2011)
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May 02, 2016 Terence rated it it was ok
Following the events of Dark Reign, Hank Pym has opened an Avengers Academy. Norman Osborn had found and paid special attention to all the students of the Academy. He tortured the majority of them to enhance their powers.
It appears the members of the inaugural class are those most damaged by Norman Osborn's method which as a result has made them potentially dangerous.

Avengers Academy sounds like a better idea than it was in execution. The problem from my end was there were no regular characters
Nicolo Yu
Feb 22, 2016 Nicolo Yu rated it it was amazing
Shelves: collected-comics
I first read an issue of Avengers Academy when my favorite teen group and BKV creation, the Runaways met with the teen Avengers for a two part story. I realized that there were parallels between the two groups. Both teams have villainous backgrounds, the Runaways from their parents and the Academy teens from Norman Osborn; and both also show a capability to be often more rational thinkers than their adult counterparts.

Chance favored me one weekday afternoon, finding a bargain copy of the first A
Peter Derk
Jun 22, 2013 Peter Derk rated it liked it
A good little series, but here's a HUGE problem with comics and the amount of big crossover events going on.

In order to read this series in trade paperback form, here's what you have to do:

1) Read vol. 1

2) Read vol. 2

3) Read Fear Itself: Avengers Academy, the AA portion of the large storyline Fear Itself. So that means you could JUST read the AA portion, OR read the entirety of Fear Itself.

4) Read vol. "Second Semester"

5) Read the Avengers vs. X-Men crossover issues collected in the Avengers vs.
I have to admit straight away that I pretty much hated the Heroic Age of Marvel, which came just after the Secret Invasion (methinks). It felt like a whole bunch of mess fixing and silly assed rationalization, but then I've not read anywhere near all of the titles from that period, so perhaps my bias is not founded in the reality of the time. Regardless, I've not been a big fan of what I have read from the Heroic Age, so I was pleasantly surprised that I actually enjoyed the first volume of Aven ...more
Nov 29, 2012 David rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Comic books involving teen heroes are some of the most fun team books to read. Why? Because well written teen heroes are full of doubts, angst, hormones, humour and lessons. One of the greatest series of teen heroes I've read was Brian K. Vaughn's Runaways. Runaways Deluxe, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan No one writes angst and fun like Brian did with his two year or so run. There have been ones that got close such as Allan Heinberg's Young Avengers Young Avengers (Hardcover) by Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns's Teen Titans. Teen Titans, Vol. 1 A Kid's Game by Geoff Johns So when it comes to team teen books I always compare to the ...more
Feather Mista
Dec 13, 2011 Feather Mista rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans de los géneros
Recommended to Feather by: Que estaba a mano
La verdad que sólo por la tapa esperaba encontrarme un cómic genérico del montón bastante malo y me terminé sorprendiendo con un cómic genérico pero con varios tintes de originalidad y bastante entretenido. No sólo es el primer cómic de Gage que me gusta verdaderamente sino que creo que si el dibujante fuera mejor (como el de X-Men/Spiderman) quizás hasta llegaba a las cuatro estrellitas y todo. Los progatonistas son un grupo de adolescentes acomplejados, o creídos, o que simplemente tratan de ...more
Scott Lee
Jun 30, 2016 Scott Lee rated it liked it
This was actually much better than I expected--not a ton of teenage uberdrama, which is nice, and yet these characters are legitimately younger and just growing into men and women. While the secret purpose behind the team has been done before--original Thunderbolts anyone? It is an interesting dynamic and I like how it's used to investigate the characters we're reading about instead of just being a gimmick to make them into angry rebels. There's way too much "You lied to me, and that's the worst ...more
Jeffrey Jelmeland
I have serious problems with books where the author focuses so much on trying to make the characters human that it stops being a super hero story and is simply a soap opera with characters who have super powers. This is an unfortunate example of this problem. The writing itself is fine, for what it is, but my personal taste is not for this type of writing. The artwork is also rather well done, and while it spruces up the book it can't make up for the problem I have with the writing being more ...more
Dec 29, 2012 Peter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
6 young superheroes/supervillains get rescued when the dark reign of Norman osborne is stopped. They get drafted into an avengers acadamy to make sure they turn out right, and learn to deal with their powers. The teatchers at the scool are adult (and established) superheroes with a dark past. Like Quicksilver of Hank Pym.

The story is decent enough, with some humor, some teenage drama, lots of action and some twists. The art is in the typical modern flashy marvel style, but still very nice to lo
William Thomas
Jul 26, 2011 William Thomas rated it really liked it
A fantastic book that gives the Avengers titles exactly what they need- a break from the Bendis overload and an extraction from the constant heavy-hitters. A young teen book with as much intrigue as necessary to capture our attention as well as the humanizing factors of young teen romance. Let's see where it goes...
Ryan Smith
Apr 19, 2015 Ryan Smith rated it it was amazing
There was lots of excitement and I thought the book was really amazing.
Oct 29, 2016 Becca rated it really liked it
This was fun.
Mar 18, 2015 Brian rated it really liked it
This book sometimes ran into the trouble of repeating its themes again and again and again. It starts off as a book about young superpowered people and the troubles they are facing. Many of their powers are particularly difficult to deal with (one is a giant metal skeleton who can no longer feel most physical sensations, one is radioactively powered but that makes her poisonous to other people, one can change herself into gasses but her body is slowly coming apart and she may one day simply ...more
Apr 28, 2014 J'aime rated it really liked it
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the Young Avengers and the Secret Warriors. So, when I came across this title as part of the post-Siege "Heroic Age" I decided to give them a try before moving on to Fear Itself.

The premise here is that in the wake of Osborn's fall from power, Hank Pym decides to create Avengers Academy to help some of the young metahumans that Osborn had "recruited." But, the origin of this team is much darker. These teens are not the children of superpowered parents; Osbor
Sep 03, 2016 Gemna rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
I started this series with Fear Itself: Avengers Academy. I wasn’t familiar with the Avengers Academy or the Fear Itself cross-over event, but I came across it at a comic book store and bought it. I enjoyed it despite not really understanding the larger Fear Itself story.
Now I’m starting from the beginning with Avengers Academy Volume 1: Permanent Record. The story begins with Humberto held prisoner and experimented on by Norman Osborn, familiar to me from Spiderman cartoons and movies. Hank Py
Sinai C.
Apr 18, 2012 Sinai C. rated it liked it
One star for the visuals...I felt that..while of course, detailed and standard-comic-booky, it was a little awkward at times with the emotions--especially Veil. What was up with her costume too... sorry, being a little critical. It's good, but not perfect enough for me. Though I must say, Reptil was pretty hot-looking X)

One star for the characters...I didn't like half of them. I didn't know half of them either, but that's probably just me not being a good comic-book nerd. But I did like the one
Sep 12, 2016 Sylvester rated it really liked it
6 young people are selected to join the Avengers Academy, but there's a secret they are not being told. Each issue revolves around 1 character in the first volume, we learn the background of them and the challenges they are facing. It's not too bad of a read but the artwork could be quite inconsistent.
Feb 21, 2014 James rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
This is your standard "young team of misfits squabbles as they learn to use their powers" set up that goes all the way back to the original X-men. Unfortunately, there's not much that's fresh here to recommend it.

The slight twist is that this group has been rescued from being tortured and put to ill purposes by Norman Osborne. Instead of being trained as heroes, the adults in charge really hope to prevent them from being super villains.

But that's a familiar idea too, going back to Quicksilver a
Jeretta Hall-Robinson
May 10, 2012 Jeretta Hall-Robinson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
Avengers Academy is fantastic! I read the first issue a few weeks ago and have been waiting for the first two volumes to come back to the library. Once I could finally read the first volume, I knew that it was going to be good. The artwork is fantastic and the plot is very interesting and unique. I like the idea of the Avengers trying to "save" these kids before they become villains. I really like most of the characters. Veil seems okay, but kind of ditzy. Hazmat is kind of mean, but I can ...more
Oct 03, 2011 Dormouse rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, borrowed-book
I liked the set-up of damaged grownups helping damaged teenagers.

There are a couple of people who have reversals of usual gender-tropes: there's a girl who is bright and strong but emotionally cold (Finesse), there's a boy who is sweet and vulnerable (Reptil).

I liked the art by Mike McKone.

This is the first time I have read something with Tigra in it. And I kept thinking: Is that what she's wearing? Really? It made it very hard to take her seriously, though she seemed to be an intelligent and
The students at Avengers Academy have been told that they are the best and brightest. They were chosen b/c they will be superheroes of the future. The students know better, what they really are are the most feared and dangerous. Osbourne has tortured and twisted most of the teens to become more powerful when most of them had already been twisted by difficult home lives.

Most of the teens don't come out as outright evil, however the way they have been treated has twisted them and you can most defi
Natalie Cheetham
Jan 02, 2013 Natalie Cheetham rated it did not like it
Shelves: gstba-2013
Six young super-humans become the inaugural class of the Avengers Academy after their tormentor, Norman Osborne, is arrested. They are told they were chosen because they are the best-of-the-best, and now they are the pupils of some of the best former Avengers to be molded into the next generation. But, are they really under the watchful eye of Hank Pym to become tomorrow's superheroes, or are they there to ensure that they don't become tomorrow's super-villains?

I have no interest in
Aug 19, 2012 Casey rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, comics
This is a really great series, and not a bad starting point for someone entering into the Marvel universe without a ton of Avengers knowledge. Most of the existing characters' backstories are explained (and for any additional info needed, Wikipedia is more than sufficient), and the stars of the show are starting from scratch anyway.

It's your typical super heroes academy story with a twist: These aren't the best of the best, but instead, they have the potential to be the worst of the worst. This
KV Taylor
Aug 27, 2011 KV Taylor rated it really liked it
I waited to grab this in TPB and I think it was for the best. Issue by issue this might've given me more trouble, but reading it at one go was very cool. It allowed me to get a feeling for the recruits, and love what they all have to offer. Though we only get point of view -- in the sense of first person narration -- from the kids, the issues of the instructors are just as interesting. And after Civil War, I gotta say I'm really, really into what's happening with Speedball right now.

Plus, on an
Apr 22, 2016 Michael rated it liked it
With the exception of Runaways Marvel tends to not fare well with teen groups. I'm a Marvel guy but I must admit DC does the teen stuff much better. Which is a shame because teen books are fun. Anyhow this one is ok but suffers a little from having to follow up on Bendis story lines which means more Osborn. Nice to see some old faces like Justice and Hank Pym though again it has to tow the line following Bendis' take on Pym which basically casts him as an asshat. On the good side there's no ...more
I was reading a lot of comics when this title started. It was one of the highlights of the "Heroic Age' in Marvel. It falls in the same category with Young Avengers and Runaways. It's about teens and slightly aimed at teens but it doesn't try to talk to teens, it just tells a story.

I vaguely remembered a lot this story. I think that the team is a great assortment of characters.

It's nice to see Broken Teens getting help from well meaning adults. They're trying to stave off a future generation of
Feb 24, 2013 Sean rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone!
Many times when new characters are introduced in comics you either get them rammed down your thoughts with their gimmicks, clichés, etc. or you're given mystery on top of mystery just for the sake of mystery. The newbies here are given enough background and mystery combined that it's a great first step. Add that to the ongoing drama of Hank Pym, Quicksilver, & Speedball and you have a really good debut. The art by Mike McKone and Jorge Molina is really good and the characters are ...more
Fraser Sherman
Nov 07, 2015 Fraser Sherman rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Nice to know I'm not too old to enjoy a new book about new characters. In the wake of the Dark Reign arc (which I hated), a group of teen heroes recruited by Norman Osborne begin training under the Avengers. It's the usual mix of clashing agendas, teen angst and power-related problems, but it works. However despite the first issue's assertion they're being trained because they're potential villains in the making, they don't come off any more edgy or dangerous than any other group of somewhat ...more
Max Raven
Dec 24, 2011 Max Raven rated it really liked it
This has the potential to be the best avengers series yet. I enjoy the team's dynamic and how at least for some of them their powers are a hindrance to their personal lives and/or life-threatening to themselves or others.

Adding to the fact that the teachers of Avengers Academy are questionable choices to say the least given their own psychological and emotional issues adds another interesting element to the story making this a well rounded series.

I look forward to where this series will take me
Apr 01, 2014 A~ rated it really liked it
Great start of the series.
Each book of the volume starts with some information about one of the new heroes.
I loved Finesse, the one "non-powered" individual.
I small ding in that they mention that Reptile and Tigra have history but it wasn't until I read the profiles at the very end of the volume that it tells me where to find that. When did the comics stop putting the editor notes in it.
Reptile was a pretty great character for someone that started out as an annoying comedy relief on the Marvel S
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