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Avengers Assemble - Volume 2 by Kurt Busiek
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Apr 25, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: illustrated, favorites
Read in April, 2012

One of my favorite eras of the Avengers, the installments here with Kurt Busiek and George Perez at the tops of their game are marvelous, both the cross-over with the Thunderbolts and the "ultimate" Ultron tale -- with the continued plotting of the Triune Understanding in the background feeling a bit contrived, but still enjoyable.

Busiek is busy doing something interesting with every Avenger here, character-wise, including bits that won't pay off for many, many months. Perez, in turn, takes general stage directions from Busiek and turns them into gorgeous, busy, dynamic art, adding his own spin to each individual. Triffic stuff.

This collection falters a bit when Jerry Ordway takes the reins with the Wrecking Crew and Arkon -- both old school villains/characters that, like Ordway's scripting and art, never rise from their 60s/70s sensibilities. (It would have been interesting to see both Busiek and Perez' take on those tales).

I'd give the B/P sections (the majority here, including a script breakdown of Issue #1) 4.5 stars, and Ordway 2 -- with a net 4 for the collection as a whole.

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