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Avengers Assemble

(Avengers Assemble #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,480 ratings  ·  102 reviews
A perfect jumping-on point, featuring the cast of the summer blockbuster - but in Marvel Universe continuity! When the brand-new Zodiac rears its many heads, the Avengers must assemble to combat them. But who is behind the group's return? None other than Thanos, the mad Titan, who has claimed Earth as his own! The Avengers team up with cosmic blockbusters the Guardians of ...more
Hardcover, Deluxe Edition, 184 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Marvel
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I only read this so I could read the much touted Avengers Assemble: Science Bros, so I wasn't really sure what to expect.
And you know what?
Not bad!
In fact, I think I liked it much better than most of my (beloved!) friends. Most of them gave it a Meh, but I think this volume is Above Meh. And maybe that's because I'm comparing it to the serious (and sometimes tedious) Avengers titles that I've read lately. This was just a straight-up AVENGERS ASSEMBLE! kind of thing, and it felt like sucking in a huge breath of fresh air.

I only read this so I could read the much touted Avengers Assemble: Science Bros, so I wasn't really sure what to expect.
And you know what?
Not bad!
In fact, I think I liked it much better than most of my (beloved!) friends. Most of them gave it a Meh, but I think this volume is Above Meh. And maybe that's because I'm comparing it to the serious (and sometimes tedious) Avengers titles that I've read lately. This was just a straight-up AVENGERS ASSEMBLE! kind of thing, and it felt like sucking in a huge breath of fresh air.


Nobody was evil, they were all working as a team, I didn't feel like that was any PC agenda invading the plot, and there were even a few jokes thrown in... sigh
It was almost like I was reading a comic book!


The plot is pretty basic. The Avengers (recognizable ones!) team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to defeat a group of d-listers who've suddenly become crazy powerful.


Who's behind it all?!
I'd feel like this was more of a spoiler if the blurb didn't already spill the beans...


Maybe this really isn't original enough to merit 4 stars, but fuck it.
Nostalgia, for the win!
Sep 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comix
Jarvis the Butler: “Sir, the Raccoon would like to order pizza, but only from Ray’s on 52nd Street. He says and I quote, everything else is ass.”

You don’t have to look too far from this volume for “ass”. This series was probably directed at fans of The Avengers movie and potential movie goers to the Guardians of the Galaxy film. The Avengers lineup in this collection is the one from the movie, including the Hulk. This is a head scratcher – the Red Hulk as cameoed in this volume is already a
Jul 15, 2014 rated it liked it
I really wanted not to like this book.

See, I’m trying to read up on Guardians of the Galaxy before the movie comes out so I started in on Bendis era, but it felt like I missed something. The last I knew the Guardians had disbanded following The Thanos Imperative, but then they were back together again with no explanation at the beginning of the new title. So after checking around I found that they had appeared in the first storyline of Avengers Assemble which is the book put together to capitalize on that movie’s
Quentin Wallace
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was really good. It was a classic avengers tale and reminded me of the older stories featuring Thanos. Pretty straight forward action and excitement with great art from Mark Bagley.

So Thanos has his hands on a new cosmic cube, and he powers up the lower level Zodiac super villain team in an effort to soften Earth up and steal weapons for him before he once again attempts to conquer the Earth. However, the Avengers get some help from the Guardians of the Galaxy and soon
Apr 25, 2016 rated it liked it
A group called Zodiac is stealing objects of power and giving them to their benefactor, Thanos. It's up to the Avengers to stop them.

So Avengers Assemble showcases the characters that are taking to the big screen in the MCU. The Avengers utilizes the same roster from the films. Thanos also makes an appearance as the main villain in this volume.
Aug 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
Obviously, the idea here was to try and pull in new fans. People who saw and loved the Avengers movie, but who haven't read the comics. Or people like me, who only read a very little a long time ago. That explains the cast, the exact Avengers who feature in the movie. That also explains the nature of the galactic level threat (it has to be big, and it has to be something that an audience with little background can understand). And it also explains the major team up in the book: Avengers meet Gua ...more
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

Huh. Well...huh.

I'm a newbie to comics and Marvel, but still, this just isn't that good. Art - eh? Characters - too many to keep track of (I still couldn't name any of the Guardians), too little personality. Plot - eh? It's your basic story (seems to be what the future Avengers movie may be moving towards), but it get SO silly.

And then how it shatters my willing suspension of disbelief when Captain America get shot out into the vacuum of space wi
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
This was so incredibly average.

I see where it was meant to be an easy access point to new readers coming out of Avengers (2012). The roster is the same, there's no real knowledge of the past necessary and the arc is about the cosmic cube. It's not complex or complicated and it's all entirely new.

This has a bland version of the MCU characterization, too. Right down to Tony mentioning that he's a billionaire a lot. You know, I've only ever read him saying things like that in Whedon and Bendis' w
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
I've always agreed that Bendis does good dialogue - his signature move in fact - but he seemed to stumble hard here. Relying too heavily on narrative monologue for pages at a time, giving characters like Thor excrebly condescending dialogue, and generally just stumbling around from scene to scene with no art or editing in sight.

Thanos' entrance scene is legendarily bad - throwback to Starlin 80's writing, with a heaping tablespoon of crap to ash it down.

Tedious, boring, poorly stage
Aug 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: digital
I feel pretty mixed on this. I think the idea is good, Bendis using an Avengers title to bridge over to his Guardians of the Galaxy stuff, but some of the execution is shocking. Mainly, the dialogue. Characters saying out loud who they are repeatedly to other characters who KNOW who they are. Which makes me think it' more for the benefit of the reader, since this is supposed to appeal to people who have seen the movies and don't know the characters as well as long time comic book readers. But if ...more
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the single best volume I've found (so far) as an introduction to the Avengers. It works even better having seen the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy films, both of which teams feature prominently. True, there's a fairly standard cosmic-level plot, but it's easy to follow and gets epic fast, wraps up more or less completely by the end of the collection, it has some good superhero banter, and there's a manageably small group of heroes that I'm familiar with from the movies and my inter ...more
May 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Silly space opera with weird pacing and 8 to 10 spare characters sitting around in the background holding up walls on any given page -- and Bendis is usually better than that. But I liked that Natasha had a fair bit to do and did it well. Unfortunately, only she, Tony, Clint, and Rocket had any spark of life, but that's what happens when you do a mega team-up book and don't have enough pages to give everyone a line, much less an opinion.
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it

Maybe not the best way to describe Avengers Assemble, but it's what popped (groan) into my head when composing this review. The book seems geared for 'middle of the road' appeal to fans of the recent movie series (with the dialogue, team line-up, and character traits) and/or those familiar with the long-running comic book. Sure, the plot is a standard 'save the world from a galactic threat' boilerplate but the tempo is fast, with A LOT of wham! / ka-boom! action, and the humor - thank
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THIS IS SO GOOD!! The banter between all the characters is hilarious. The plot is good, the characterization is good, the art is good. I couldn’t have asked for a more likable comic. Tony and Steve were basically married and Clintasha is real!!!
See, this is what happens when you read comics. Reading one inevitably leads to you reading another, and then another, and then oh you have to read this other one to understand that one, and oh then that one because it introduces these characters, and then oh that one because it was the start of the run, and blah blah blah, somehow you end up ordering seven new trade paperbacks in one afternoon, and then your library won't let you order anymore. This is how I went from reading Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1 ...more
Apr 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, graphic-novel
Not a particularly good graphic novel. But in spite of all the cheesy suckiness, I still kinda enjoyed it. The price you pay for being a comic book geek.
Jesse A
Feb 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Not bad, not great. Just meh.
May 18, 2015 rated it liked it
I have probably already stated my opinion that Mark Bagely's art was decent for the over-wrought teenage melodrama that is(was) Bendis's Ultimate Spider-Man, but that in other (more serious?) books like The Avengers, his style seems cartoonish and goofy. Well I am essentially saying the same thing again here. :)

The inker, or whoever did the "finishes" did an excellent job at trying to make this NOT look like Bagely's usual stuff, and for that they deserve much credit, however, maybe
May 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics-manga
I debated between 3 and 4 stars since I didn't really dislike anything about this book even if it didn't wow me. I went lower because the art felt dated somehow and the book was all action without a chance to really get to know the characters. The book seemed like it was just a movie tie in to introduce people to Avenger comic books. The only character moments/dialogue that sticks out in my mind were Clint and Natasha's interactions (I could believe they were best friends as they said) but that ...more
Dec 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I decided to go back and read this after getting into Bendis's Guardians of the Galaxy run, as this serves as kind of a transition between his Avengers and Guardians work. Unfortunately, while I was thrilled to see the inception of his take on the Guardians, cosmic Marvel, and their relationship to the earth, the story itself feels a little rushed, with too many characters involved for any one of them to have ample narrative time.

This also suffers a little bit from a typical pitfall
Gayle Francis Moffet
Avengers Assemble was launched as a way for fans of the film to start reading the comics, should they be so interested. It starts out just fine, with the movie team running up against a set of baddies never before seen in a Marvel comic, and then Thanos gets tossed in, and it's still fine. And then the Guardians of the Galaxy show up, and this book gets entirely too much story. It's hard enough at times to keep up with the six Avengers on the page, and throwing an entire other team of (I think; it was h ...more
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
You liked the Avengers movie? Now you're ready to try a comic book for the first time as an adult or a youth?

They did it. Marvel actually made a terrific comic book series for fans of the big summer movie.

For longtime fans... Couldn't really tell if this is in the real Marvel continuity or in it's own corner of the Marvel multiverse. Not that it matters much. It's a good read and wonderful to see the Guardians of the Galaxy make an appearance (another good introduction of those characters to n
Alex Sarll
Marvel's clumsiest effort to capitalise on the success of the Avengers film - a book assembling the movie roster, then crossing them over with upcoming movie stars the Guardians of the Galaxy. Never mind that, whatever Bendis' strengths, team books are not among them. Never mind that he was already writing two other Avengers books at the time (both of them demonstrating that whole issue with team books), never mind that a lot of these characters were in at least one of them. But above all, the p ...more
Anna Erishkigal
I enjoyed the beautiful artwork, introduction to Guardians of the Galaxy (and am totally 'shipping' Lady Gamora and Thor), and the tongue-in-cheek references to 'General Whedon' which made me laugh out loud. But for the storyline itself ... it was just okay. I'm no comic book purist, but there was a little too much 'action' in my action heroes.
Julia França
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
AMAZING. They should do it in the movies but sadly I don't think they will. If you are a beginner to comics and a fan of the Avengers' movies, I strongly recommend you to read this.

I've heard a lot about Bendis' work but somehow I didn't think it would be this good! It blew me away.
And also props to the artists, the visual was on point.
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though it's geared towards a younger and newer audience, there's still a lot of action and drama packed into what could be viewed as a less important Avengers title. Kinda feels like the potential plot for Avengers 3, too.
Jul 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
The first half was so busy with characters punching each other, my interest sort of wandered. But the last half was solid, fun storytelling. A decent read for any fans, in particular, of the Marvel movies.
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Slow to start,but a surprisingly good book. Avengers team up with the Guardians of the galaxy to battle Thanos.
This was fun, not Bendis's best work, but fun, and that's all I need in a comic book.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
One is not supposed to say anything unless one has something nice to say.
So I won't comment on the story.
But, for the most part, I liked the artwork. Mark Bagley has always been one of my favourites and he managed to put Star-Lord in something very close to his original costume (one of my personal hangups as a comics reader is that today's Star-Lord is nothing like "my" Star-Lord from the 70s/80s). But there is some very bad inking on a number of pages, particularly in issue 4, and m
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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 seri

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