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Avengers Assemble, Vol. 5 (The Avengers, Volume III #45-56)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  156 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Kurt Busiek's most stunning Avengers saga, collected in its entirety Devastation, drama and death leave no Avenger untouched when Kang the Conqueror finally meets his goal of conquering the world alongside his son, the Scarlet Centurion As Atlanteans, Deviants and Sentinels enter the fray, heroes from around the world and across the galaxy unite - but the Avengers' best al ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published November 7th 2007 by Marvel
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Gianfranco Mancini

A good epic ending to long Busiek's run on Avengers, deserving a multi-title crossover in a time when they were so rare: Kang attacks the world and all the not-avenging other heroes appear just in a pair of drawings, in text only or just not at all... Meh.

Besides that the storyline was excellent (the ending and the two tail introspective issues were amazing) and the author really love these characters and Marvel continuity, but sadly just first 3 issues were drawn by Davis and the other ones by
Feb 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
The fifth hard cover volume collecting the conclusion of Kurt Busiek's amazing run on The Avengers is a return to greatness. Collecting issues # 41–56 and Annual 2001, this gives us not only the final three Alan Davis issues but Busiek's full Kang saga. Teamed up with a lot of great artists (e.g. Ivan Reis, Brent Anderson and Keiron Dwyer), Busiek delivers a much more unified final volume and in some sense manages to end his run on the top (though nothing really tops the first three HC volumes a ...more
Randy Lander
In many ways, the last volume of Busiek's Avengers is also the best. When reading it in single issues, I gave up on the book around this time, but that turned out to be a mistake. His epic Kang story needed trimming and stronger pacing, but it had the gigantic larger-than-life feel that a superhero epic needs, and really felt like a definitive showdown between the Avengers and their classic foe.

In addition, the use of mildly obscure Russian villain The Presence (and obscure Russian heroes The So
Chris Lemmerman
Starting with the enjoyable feature length Ultron Imperative one-shot, which is great fun if annoying with its multiple artists, the finale of Busiek's run on the Avengers titles ends with a bang as the Kang storyline comes to a head, and all of the other storylines he has been running for a while, like the Triune Understanding plot, finish themselves off. Whilst some of it is a little contrived (evil flying pyramid? Really?), the finale works very well and is both heartfelt and explosive. The f ...more
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Raccoglie l'intero arco della guerra di Kang contro la Terra.
La storia è l'ultimo grande arco narrativo di Kurt Busiek su Avengers; i disegnatori vanno dal grande Alan Davis a Garcia e Dwyer, sempre all'altezza anche se George Perez l'avei preferito.
Ambientata in un periodo in cui ogni testata Marvel, per volere della dirigenza, andava per la sua strada senza cross-over, questa storia sarebbe stata adattissima ad un mega evento di quelli che oggi vanno per la maggiore e sono, generalmente, vuoti
May 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Since the movie has put me in an Avengers mood lately, I decided to check my bookshelves for any Avengers books I had been saving for a rainy day. I found a hardcover copy of Avengers Vol. 5. As stories go, this multiple issue arc of the Avengers fighting Kang the Conquerer is fine. While not the best Avengers story I have ever read, it is by no means the worst either. The only real problem I had with it was the scope. The size of the story would really require a company-wide crossover event tha ...more
Erik M
Apr 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Wow! I think Busiek's Avengers run gets a 4 star rating overall, but this volume falls a little being so long. One could consider this the last big story born of the verbose , bombastic, four-color epics of the 70s and 80s. Sure, there have been large tales since, but they are influenced more by the widescreen, big picture storytelling of The Authority. This Kang saga drills down to individual Avengers, thought balloons galore, soap opera worthy of a telenovela. Kang's invasion should ...more
Oct 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
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This one ended up taking me a long time to read, because I got kind of bored of the Kang storyline early on. I'll admit he's one of the villains I find least interesting, and he shows up way too often for my taste.

When I did pick it back up, though, I ended shooting through the rest of it, because there's some great stories and moments in here. The silent issue was fantastic, and the final story, with the audits, was hilarious. I enjoyed Busiek's run quite a lot, and wouldn't mind seeing him on
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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First time Busiek has really hooked me in since Avengers Forever. I guess he should just stick to writing about Kang? The Kang war plot was riveting and the issue with no words was excellent. It also wrapped up the Triune plot really convincingly which I never expected to happen. This would've been absolutely amazing payoff if it hadn't required fifty issues of build-up. That's just too much patience. Especially considering how much the writing actually developed from the start. It was well-writ ...more
Mark CC
So that's what Stingray's head looks like.

This was suitably epic for Busiek's end on the title. It had Captain America and Kang punching each other while the size of small moons and a space station named Damocles that was literally shaped like a sword (never change, comics).

I also love the way Garcia draws Sentinels. This could have been a four but for the truly terrible Ultron Imperative they threw in at the beginning.
Derek Moreland
Aug 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Oh, Rick Remender. For an artist, you're one hell of a writer. Other than that, this is a fine capper to one of my favorite runs in Avengers history.
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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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