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The Avengers, Volume 1 (The Avengers (Volume 4) #1)

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  1,266 ratings  ·  82 reviews
There came a day! A day unlike any other...where two of Marvel's top creators teamed up for the very first time to create a bombastic new story that not only ushers in the Heroic Age of Marvel Comics but unleashes onto the world the most blockbuster Avengers team ever! Who will answer the call? And
will they assemble just in time...because Kang the Conqueror is here from th
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Hardcover, 160 pages
Published February 9th 2011 by Marvel
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Kemper
Brian Michael Bendis seemingly ended the Avengers as a super team back in 2004 with his Avengers: Disassembled storyline which promptly led to about 73 different titles starting up in place of the old one. Somewhere after Young Avengers, New Avengers, The Mighty Avengers and Dark Avengers I started losing count and worried that it was a matter of days before we got Geriatric Avengers and The Avengers: Iceland. So it’s kind of fitting that Bendis is the one bringing back a version somewhat close ...more
Mike
Not sure I'm liking the so-called Heroic Age stuff - seems a bit too earnest and deliberate for my taste. Unlike the Dark Reign which had a natural protagonist and tons of ripple effects, the Heroic Age has an... absence of something cohesive. Must be why it feels like it's finding its feet.

All that said, this book is still funny as Bendis, and well-written. However it also feels a bit *too* action - action scenes tripping over each other before they've even played out. Not enough time to catch
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Sam Quixote
This is a time travel story so be prepared for lots of “but won’t that affect the timestream?” and “didn’t we do this already?” and “but if that happened then what about...?” and so on. Brian Michael Bendis brings the Avengers together to go forth into what Marvel are calling “the Heroic Age”. In this opening book, Kang aka Immortus, appears from the future to warn the Avengers of a world about to be destroyed by their children who have harnessed Ultron’s power without fully understanding it. Ir ...more
Travis
I'm not entirely sure, but I have the vague feeling I wasted a half hour.
Somewhere in this jumble of ideas and dialogue there may be a good story, but it wasn't strong enough to fight its way free.

The Avengers put together a new team, which looks almost exactly like the old team, and then we learn time itself may be broken, there's a couple pointless fights, we get a new member, who has the power to do any weird sci-fi thing the plot requires, Wonder man acts out of character, we travel to a co
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Rae
One of my fellow geeks lent this to me because she thought I might like it. Upon reading it, I now know why. Lately I've been pretty into time-travel related stories, and HOLY COW this book has mind-bending time travel! As always, amazingly dynamic art, and it has certainly made me even more excited for the movies coming out this summer!

On a last note, there is one point that Captain America says "A man who fancies himself the lord of time needs a kingdom..." and as a Doctor Who fan, I couldn't
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William Thomas
Anything with Thor in it pretty much automatically gets 3 stars. Anything else cool that happens bumps it up, but only a bit.

I'm re-reading this in the trade form and I like it much more than I did when I read them as single issues. This rebuilding of the Avengers from the ground up wastes absolutely no time in getting things going in a big way- with Kang the Conqueror showing up in the first few pages. From there it gets... well, weird. Bendis sometimes has the unfortunate knack of coming up w
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Anne
3.5
The storyline wasn't incredible, but I think this could be the start of something cool. Or not. Time will tell, I suppose.
Normally I'm not a fan of time-travel, but I thought this was one of the few times it didn't suck. Maybe it's because I have a soft spot for the Avenger's kids (I must have had to watch that movie The Next Avengers with my boys about 50 times).
Can't say I loved the art, though.
Joe Young
Brian Michael Bendis - writer
John Romita Jr. - illustrator

4.5/5 stars

After the Siege crossover, when Norman Osborn was soundly defeated and exposed as an insane maniac, the Marvel Universe is ushered into a new period of storytelling that focuses more on grand, heroic adventures and less on gritty realism and hazy moral distinctions -- an era in comic books dubbed "The Heroic Age." Bendis' Avengers is one of the first forays into this new "age" of comics, and if this story is any indication of w
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Jason
I like Brian Michael Bendis. I also like stories involving time travel. I expected to like this book a lot more than I actually did.

The story line was tough for me to follow. There were twists and turns and a lot jumping around. And while that's the type of stuff you see in a time travel arc, the events and characters that were introduced seemed kind of random and disjointed.

Also, while it thrills me that some of the most popular Marvel super heroes are on one team, I felt too many of them seem
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Jerry
As much as I love superheroes, I usually shy away from graphic novels. I grew up with funny comics, such as Garfield and Archie, and I couldn't see myself getting into any Marvel or DC storylines, unless they were in literary prose or cinematic form. After reading this collection of Avengers comics, I have to say I was wrong. Between the amazing artwork, the fun story, the humorous quips, and...well, everything else, I think I've found a new form of art to love. Content-wise, as bad as it gets i ...more
Daniel Kukwa
A tremendous reboot of Marvel's signature super hero team, after a number of years when soul-destroying cross-over series blighted the land. This covers the first six issues of the 2010 reboot, and its full of wit, humour, mystery, and superb action. My only complaint is that I'm not the greatest fan of John Romita's style of art...but beggars can't be choosers.
Gavin
Aug 27, 2014 Gavin marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comixology, comics
***DISCLAIMER - I've only read the first issue #1, from Free Comic Book Day***

Kang shows up to warn the Avengers that their children will unknowingly unleash Ultron on the world, destroying it...I don't remember much more right now, but it was cool, and free! Plus Bendis is one of the better Avengers writers out there.
Brooke
I can handle preposterous, convoluted plots--to a point.There only seemed to be excuses for nonstop, über-destructive battle, occasionally pausing for further convolution and attempts at emotion. I couldn't finish it.
Renfield
Esperaba poco de este comic, pero me dejo varias cosas muy buenas:

-JR JR es un artista muy bueno, incluso, cuando se ve afanado como en varios paneles, despues te regala otros que te dejan con la quijada a la altura del ombligo ( el thor y el tripode, los heroes contra Ultron, el Tony Stark que se desarma...).

-Muchas ideas sueltas y encontradas, pero todas bienvenidas, aunque Bendis se pasa de largo en algunos dialogos

-Ultron es EL enemigo de los Vengadores...aca se sale, incluido en ese par de
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Jordan Lahn
Hmmm... Well, let me start by saying I really don't like John Romita Jr's art. Just personally. I've read a bunch of titles he's drawn and they always feel to chunky and cartoonish to me. I guess that's just his style, but it doesn't click with me.
The story itself was OK. Just OK. Puts an interesting spin on the traditional time travel story. Normally you have to go back to the past to prevent the future from being messed up, but due to Kang's involvement the Avengers end up going to the future
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Jacob
I've been reading The Avengers on a monthly basis since a little before Bendis pulled the whole Disassembled thing. Looking back on it, that's a lot of time to invest into a title. Couple that with the fact that I stuck with Bendis' handling of the team through both the New and Mighty Avengers titles and then the "Heroic Age" relaunch and that's a lot of time spent reading his take on the franchise. I'll admit that for me, Bendis is the name I will probably always associate with Avengers. I've g ...more
Robert Wright
I will be the first to admit I have generally been apathetic (at best) or loathed (at worst) Bendis' work in the Marvel Universe, particularly on Avengers. I had called the era and storylines "Brian Michael Bendis Destroys the Marvel Universe."

Well, this latest turn in the Avengers saga sets aside much of the serious problems I had with those other stories. The story here is fun, and no too convoluted by the standards of a time travel story. JR Jr's art is spectacular.

If I still have problems wi
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Rusty
I've been reading graphic novels lately. I guess I have superheroes on my mind. I just started reading Adam Christopher's Seven Wonders, and of course, I just finished all those green lantern blackest night clusterf##ks of confusion (which had great art).

So, I found my local Books A Million has a whole bunch of Marvel graphic novels for $5 - $10. I was there, I only had a moment, I figured, why not?

I take it that the thing for Marvel and DC to do nowadays if have this huge event every year or
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Evan Murphy
this book was totaly wicked !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Enasia Lee

This comic book is about how the world needs its heroic super heroes to come together and form a league of the Avengers! It’s about all of the classic super heroes that we know, or have seen in the movie; for example, Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor. They come together to beat the bad guy. I have previously seen the movie, and was interested in the comic book. I usually do not just pick up a comic book, but I was interested in a different genre. It was very interesting and really funny. I think that l
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Maja
4,5 stars

Loved this. I didn't know what this was gonna be about so I was pleasantly surprised when it was time travelling. And it was some good time travels. I enjoyed this all the way through and Spider Man's sass is strong in this one as well. It was interesting to read about all the characters, especially their kids and also Ultron. I need to get my hands on the second volume as soon as possible!
Johnny
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Neil McCrea
Bendis brings back the Avengers A-team, and it's as solid a title as one would expect. JR jr is not in top form with his art here, but I still dig him. I had a long standing Kang rule when reading Marvel: if Kang appears in a storyline it may begin with promise, but it will always end in a god awful muddled mess. Bendis has now provided me with the sole exception to that rule. Respect.
Travis
This would of been 4 stars maybe 5 because of bendis but the art is down right elementary. Because art is 1/2 of a graphic novel, this book suffered greatly from the chicken scratch details by john romita. The art seems rushed and details are thrown out the window. The story is entertaining but not amazing, a good first book but not a great one.
Scott
It was kind of crazy but I enjoyed it. The time travel aspect was pretty convoluted but intriguing and I really enjoyed the dynamic between the Avengers in this volume. Overall, a solid 3.5 stars.

Logan, Thor and Spidey were epic but Bucky seriously should not be allowed to be an avenger.
Greta is Erikasbuddy
I...loved.... this!!

Most awesome excellent Avengers' adventure!!

It had a kinda sorta "It's your kids, Marty!" vibe from Back to the Future but that made it most awesome.


And the last panel will make you go ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh if you don't have the next book (which I do!).


Spiderman was super fabulous in this! I adore Bendis' Spiderman. He's sooo funny!! I'm going to have to read some Ultimate Spiderman books after this.


Spiderwoman was fab too!


I didn't have a hard time keeping up with the characters in
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TJ Shelby
I'm a sucker for all things Avengers, this current reboot included. Maria Hill is made Team Leader (small surprise but a welcome one, I've always liked her character). Iron Man, the new Captain America, Thor, Spider-Woman, Spider-Man, Wolverine and Hawkeye. And one to be added in story...Noh Varr. Read some recent summer crossovers (Siege) if you don't know who he is.

The story read like a summer crossover packed into 6 issues but Bendis made it flow. Kang, Ultron, future Hulk, future Iron Man, f
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James Badger
This is a fun little wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey Avengers story arc. A fun read for an overcast summer day.
Daniel Clark
Another time traveling epic from.Marvel.

Great coloring.
I loved the Avengers kids.

Not enough depth to the characters. One thing happened and the next with no emotion or struggle.

oh well. only 5 bucks at Wal-Mart. I wonder if more deals like this are on the way?
Brandy Shark
It started out great, then was very clunky and confusing, then became exciting at the very end.
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A comic book writer and erstwhile artist. He has won critical acclaim (including five Eisner Awards) and is one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For over eight years Bendis’s books have consistently sat in the top five best sellers on the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.

Though he started as a writer and artist of independent noir fiction series, he shot
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