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Avengers Forever

(Avengers Forever #1-12)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,242 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Heroes out of time! Through the years, the Avengers have fought myriad villains and monsters, protecting Earth and her inhabitants from harm. No matter the odds, no matter the sacrifice, Earth's Mightiest Heroes have always found a way to reach victory. Now, they face a different kind of menace. A menace so great, it has made allies out of sworn enemies. This seemingly unc ...more
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published September 2nd 2009 by Marvel Comics Group (first published December 1998)
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Dan Schwent
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Immortus wants Rick Jones dead. The Kree Supreme Intelligence empowers Rick to summon an all-star team of Avengers from throughout time to stop them. But will even Hawkeye, Giant-Man, Wasp, Yellowjacket, Captain America, Captain Marvel, and Songbird be enough to stop Immortus, even with Kang on their side?

There are rumors that Avengers Forever will be the basis for the fourth Avengers movie so I snapped this up on the cheap when I stumbled upon it at MightyCon a few weeks ago. It was easily wort
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew when I was buying this originally in single issues every month almost two decades ago that this story by Busiek and Pacheco was going to be a modern classic. This story would place in the top five of most Avengers' list of essential stories.

This was a story full of great scenes and iconic images. One inedible cover was that of issue four; a disillusioned Captain America on the verge of defeat kneeling in front of damaged statue of the original founders.

This story has remained for me an ev
Jun 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It may have started slow, and confusing in the beginning - which makes complete sense since the first four issues was a set up to explain the purpose of the story - but in the end, everything came to together and it was awesome.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Oh, dear. I shouldn't have put off writing this review for so long. There is a lot going on in this book, because of the complexity of the storyline. It revolves around Rick Jones, a sort of honorary human sidekick of the Avengers who has some very traumatic moments, as well as having saved the Avengers himself a time or two. Immortus, a villain from the future fixates on him Rick Jones with the intention of killing him, and Rick uses his mental abilities to pull various Avengers from different ...more
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time-fuckery & shenanigans lead to the concept of the Avengers never dying and even possibly leading to problematic future timelines. What is so damn special about Rick Jones? I find his character so annoying...ugh. ...more
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Not a bad series. A lot of reviewers noted that, if someone didn't know all the history of the Avengers, they'd be lost in this book, as various Avengers from various timelines are brought together to fight for the sake of time itself. But I didn't find the Avengers themselves confusing. Busiek gives enough information to understand which Hank Pym we're getting, for instance.

Instead, like most time travel stories, this one gets a bit bogged down in bringing too many timelines together and trying

Perhaps the best Avengers tale ever told. Probably not the best choice for the uninitiated. But for long-time Avengers fans this one's pretty hard to beat.
Aug 10, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-marvel
Kurt. Kurt, my man. You let me down. I am so disappoint.

I am not a fan of time travel stories. I mean hypothetically, they could be done right, but I've yet to find a single case where there aren't at least tiny flaws in logic present. Most of the time there are huge gaping holes in the logic. Sadly, Avengers Forever falls into that latter category.

The premise is interesting - Avengers from different time periods are assembled to rectify dangers further down the time stream. As humanity spreads
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Years ago one of the shopping malls in my area had a Virgin Megastore nestled smack in the middle of it. I didn't go to that mall often, but when I did I gravitated to that store and perused the shelves to see what was on offer. At that time I hadn't read comic books in years and the collections that were increasingly available offered a convenient way of getting caught up on what I had missed, so when one caught my eye I skimmed it and got a crash course on what had transpired in the worlds I h ...more
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, read-in-2016
I honestly expected more from this. I'm starting to think that maybe Busiek helming the Avengers is simply not for me.

This is a story about time travel and avoiding a catastrophe. Rick Jones is the piece that will decide humanity's future, so there are big names interested in him, either to kill him or protect him. A bunch of assorted Avengers, Rick himself, Kang and Immortus battle it out while doing a very handy tour through Avenger's history, both "actual" and alternate. One thing that Busiek
Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the Avengers, but this continuity-heavy limited series was a little much for me. The basic story is that Kang and Immortus are fighting over Rick Jones, so seven random Avengers get roped in from different time periods to save humanity and the future and time itself and whatever. Over the course of twelve issues, some continuity problems are resolved, but most of what looks like resolution feels more like a more streamlined confusion than anything else, with alternate timelines and parado ...more
I am a huge fan of Kurt Busiek's writing. I absolutely adore his Astro City and have read three out of the five hard cover collections of his run on The Avengers (the part of the run he did with George Perez, and the remaning two volumes await my attention) with great enjoyment. So, naturally I wanted to read his Avengers Forever miniseries (which originally came out simultaneously with some of those early Avengers issues of his and Perez's). Unfortunately the volume proved difficult to find, bu ...more
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Avengers Forever is a pure expression of the fun of magnificent superhero madness. It's dense with allusions that are fun if you know them, but even more fun if you don't. They contribute to the overwhelming sense that this is a wide world and you are only seeing a small glimpse of it. The story is shockingly modern, as is most of the style with the exception of a narrator and non-naturalistic dialogue.

Some of my favorite parts were the scenes with the 1950s Avengers, the take-charge take on th
Quentin Wallace
1.5 Stars

I think I was in the minority on this one but I just couldn't get into it and ended up giving up about 1/3 of the way through. It was just too wordy and overwritten for me. I prefer it when the comic allows the art to tell at least part of the story, but this was so text heavy it felt like the art was almost unnecessary. Plus all of the time traveling just made it confusing for me. I wasn't overly thrilled with the Avengers cast chosen as the core group either, or at least the time peri
It’s been a few years, but it felt like the right time to revisit this story. This a sprawling, complex story that is enhanced by having a fairly robust knowledge of the history of the Marvel Universe. It’s certainly not essential, but it helps a lot. And most the joy in the narrative pays off in big dividends with having the larger working knowledge. I can’t really say this is my favorite Avengers story, but it’s certainly up there with the best of them.
Kurt Rocourt
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marvel-tpb
One of the best Avengers stories ever. It does turn into a strange time travel story but that's okay. You should read this book for the characters. You get a good sense of who the Avengers are but more importantly what they stand for. And what they will stand for Forever. Thats the point of this story and the main reason why it works.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good idea that is too loosely held together

"Avengers Forever" is about 3.5 stars - it's better than "decent," but for being a big "event," it doesn't quite live up to Epic status.

This book is all about Time - Immortus, at the direction of the Time Keepers, is wiping out divergent timelines in which humanity wreaks havoc on the galaxy, for of all the races in the galaxy, humanity presents the greatest threat. Key to humanity's threat is young Rick Jones, who wields the Destiny Force - eliminate
Tom Malinowski
When Busiek took over writing the Avengers in 1998, holy shanoly that was 20 years ago, he revitalized the team that was scattered and coming off a not so hot Heroes Reborn initiative. How the heck did he also have time to write a 12 issue series dealing with time displaced Avengers fighting for their lives amidst Kang, Immortus, and the weird Time Keepers. Within a few panels Busiek sums up 'The Crossing' storyline that happened before his run and essentially negates it in a great way (one of m ...more
Very cool, was a great time travel stories that had some connections to the icu movies that made me go yoooo! It has great characters and plot. The only problems were that some bits were confusing and too comic-booky, especially some of the dialogue. But it really is an amazing story that has great themes through the universe spanning saga. There is a sequence in a sort of court that is so amazing, deals with all of the characters and themes, it's masterful. This should be made into a film, it's ...more
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a tough one to get through. It was good but there were elements that reminded me as to why I stopped reading Marvel in the mid nineties - that it felt like you needed a scorecard to keep track of the multiverses. I came to this comic after hearing the rumors that this would be the basis for Avengers 4 and its an intriguing idea but the comic seemed overlong and convoluted in parts. It wasn’t bad but sometimes I lost interest.
Mike Keskeys
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book works much better now than it did in the past, a time travel story featuring The Avengers going up against Kang and Immortus, and their whole complicated canonical history. At least in this modern era Marvel has many if not all of the stories referenced here to read, whereas before when the book was published it could be a mess of continuity without any real context to it if you haven’t read those original comics.

Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a big fan of time travel stories, but this was a well written book with very good art. The length (12 regular comic books) allows the story to be fully realized without the gaping story holes that plaque so many shorter series.
This book also helps to “clean up” some of the inconsistencies in Avengers history.
Eric Mikols
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: avengers
This was a rough read. Zero pacing, a weird team of heroes that I personally find dull, and dated writing that makes this book feel twenty years older than it actually is. I know this is considered one of the best Avenger stories, but it was a slog to get through.
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Good story; rumors suggest it may play a part in the 4th Avengers film. The plot gets hard to follow in some places, and likely rewards longtime Avengers readers. Still, an enjoyable read with surprise twists and turns.
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the series that drew me back into comic books way back in 2011.

It hasn't lost a step. Giant, world-spanning, time-traveling plot. Great peril. Super-science, and even a Captain America speech.

Before there was an MCU, there was Avengers Forever. Check it out.
Emily Selleck
I mean... It wasn't awful. But it did get a little tedious. There were a few cool twists at the end though :)
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I not a fan of the avengers but this is perfect !!!!!
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
One of the best Kang stories ever written.
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This comic is very fantastic.
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
These comic is very unique.
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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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