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Avengers Assemble, Vol. 1

(Avengers (1998) (Single Issues) #1-11, Annual '98)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  820 ratings  ·  52 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 Group
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Jan 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: superhero, comics, marvel
Still one of my favorite Avengers runs ever, after the lame early-to-mid-90s writer Kurt Busiek took all the history of Marvel's greatest team and wrote one of the most iconic takes of all time. Plus, the incredible detailed and heartful art by the classic George Perez!

For any filmgoer newbies out there who are wondering what Avengers comics to pick up, I'd say to start with Avengers Assemble vol. 1. True, it may be a bit intimidating to see how how continuity there really is with these characte
Dec 31, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
4.5 stars (because that annual was such a treat!)

After searching around for a great Avengers series to read after the first 2 Marvel Masterworks volumes of the 1963 run, Busiek was exactly what I needed. He mastered the delicate art of how to do an Avengers team book without the 3 cardinal sins: Misogyny, Lack of Representation and Choosing Plot over Character Development. This book has everything: great use of female characters, actual stakes, character moments for just about every character an
Brian Poole
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Avengers Assemble, Vol. 1 is where the modern re-birth of the Avengers franchise took off, setting the stage for the massive success in the 16 years to follow.

Once all the Heroes had been Reborn and then Returned, the Avengers still weren’t active. An alternate reality fight with Morgan LeFay assembled everyone ever an Avenger and teased Wonder Man’s resurrection. A new line-up debuted: Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Hawkeye and Warbird, with New Warriors Justice and Fir
Brian Rogers
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I'm going to use this volume as a proxy for Busiak's entire run on Avengers (including Avengers Forever and Avengers Two). There are some maxims of comic books that this run illustrates pretty well:

1) Creative Teams Probably Need Be Rotated Every 70-80 issues: that's how long Gaiman ran on Sandman, Robinson ran on Starman, it's when Clairmont lost control of his previously tightly plotted X-Men, longer than Simonson's run on Thor... There's a point at which the writer has to being things to a c
Feb 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
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
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,
Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
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
Brian Garthoff
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this slice of late 90s Avengers. Busiek gets right to business by constructing an interesting lineup, gives a lot of characters subplots that usually get explored in a way I found satisfying, and throws a lot at them from the get go. And of course who could forget TRULY CLASSIC moments like the introductions of famed heroes like Triathlon and Silverhawk? Or how Ms Marvel changes her name to Warbird and throws a never-ending shit fit? Yeah, Busiek’s Avengers is somewhat weird, bu ...more
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, read-in-2016
It started great, but ended up being boring. Earth's mightiest superheroes should have at least mildly entertaining story arcs. I expected much better from Busiek!

The first three issues, where every past member of the Avengers fights against Morgan Le Fay (of all things!) was kind of great. I even enjoyed witnessing the formation of the new team and Carol Danvers' trouble with alcohol. But a love triangle between The Vision, Scarlet Witch, and Wonder Man? And the whole plot depends on it? Ugh, p
Labyrinth Rossiter
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
May 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
Christian Smith
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Avengers are back. After the battle with Onslaught finally the Avengers have returned better than ever.
-very nice vibrant art
-story telling is very nice
-so many avengers im in HEAVEN!!!!
-weird panal to panal costume glitches. like how did carol change into her costume by just starting to fly. Plus other things
John Kirk
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I followed this series month by month as it was published, on the basis that I'd enjoyed Kurt Busiek's work on other titles. Prior to this, I'd only read about 2 issues of Avengers; I was aware of who the characters were, but that was about it. While Busiek is big on continuity, I don't think you really need to know much in order to enjoy the story. It's a bit like watching a "new" (to you) soap opera that's been going for decades: as long as you accept that you'll have to figure out who's who, ...more
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent assemblage (didja see what I did there?) of Busiek's first year of his Avengers run, 1998. The title had gone into something of a downward spiral in the mid-to-late 1990s, as had the M.U. in toto, and this is a fine reboot. The team faces off with an interesting parade of villains, though the strength of the storyline is always the interaction of the characters. Iron Man, Thor, and Cap are the big three, along with Wanda (The Scarlet With), The Vision (more or less; he spend ...more
Kieran Westphal
Jun 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Busiek and Perez's Avengers run, or at least this first part of it, is one obsessed with iconography and legacy. In the context of when it was coming out, it makes a lot of sense: The Avengers had just returned as their original counterparts to the Marvel Universe after a botched revival farmed out to indie comic superstars and years of languishing in obscurity and mediocrity before that. The 90s weren't kind to the superhero team, as the ever-important trinity of Iron Man, Captain America and T ...more
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm fairly new to Marvel comics and am not sure this was the right entry point. Busiek is steeped in the entire Marvel history, drawing heavily on characters, villains, and story beats from prior works. That is a huge pro to this issue, but for someone starting out, often feels like a lot of inside jokes. Character development is reliable throughout, if not too deep; and the action is top notch. I got bothered a bit by the lack of rules to the world, but from my experience that is a problem with ...more
Neville Wylie
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: marvel
Threw me right back to my youth when I was buying these comics, Love Perez's art suits the Avengers perfectly. The alternative reality story is the only one that lets it down never a fan of Alternate reality stuff I think its very lazy storytelling, But other than that loved it and not solely for nostalgia
I often think of the Roger Stern era as the best Avengers era, but I think the Busiek/Perez run may just edge out his. While Heroes Reborn was painful and unnecessary, it at least brought us to this amazing run, with beautiful art and great stories.
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This comic is very fantastic.
Dec 13, 2019 rated it liked it
IDK, I was reading this Avengers during the 90's. now, it seems dated, dull, too much words not enough action.
Ekenedilichukwu Ikegwuani
decent comics and storytelling in here. i like how they humanize the heroes and give them complex issues to struggle with
Adam Graham
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a solid beginning to Kurt Busiek's Avengers run. He starts with a story featuring every Avenger and then in Issue 4 it's whittled down to a core team. The book focuses on core original Avengers in this first volume with a few notable exceptions.

Busiek has a great feel for who these characters are and that helps produce some good moments, as we deal with the mystery of what happened to Wonder Man who is apparently returning from the dead. The plots are a lot of action and adventure, but w
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
That comic book is very awesome.
Feb 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
I just told Goodreads that I finished this book on February 30. That's because I will likely never finish this run of Avengers comics unless I'm sucked into some parallel dimension or time travel is involved and I'm stuck in the late '90s.

Something about Busiek's declared love for continuity and the infinitely expansive, interconnected titles in either of the big two's universes that just turned me off. Or never drew me in to begin with. More recent Avengers Assemble books by Brian Michael Bendi
May 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
My background in Avengers goes back to about 1978 but I only collected comics in spurts so I'm not an expert or anything. Kinda funny then that one of the most memorable Avengers comics I remember from being that young had to do with Wonderman coming back from the dead, it was some kinda of voodoo thing but I don't remember what issue it was or anything.

Of course Wonderman coming back from the dead is a big part of this graphic novel so it felt almost like nothing had changed in all those years.
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was quite a long trade, both because it spanned 11 issues and also because the writing is rather more dense than current comics. 1998 wasn't so long ago, and I read comics concurrent with this one at the time, but the difference is pronounced. I liked how it tied in to events in other comics (like Thunderbolts and Heroes for Hire, both of which were favorites of mine at the time), and that it covered a lot of ground, with several threats showing up, as well as personal problems. The attempt ...more
TJ Shelby
Oct 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Peter Gorman II
Jul 09, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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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;

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