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Avengers Assemble, Vol. 4 by Kurt Busiek
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Jan 05, 2009

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bookshelves: graphic-novels, swanky-hardcovers, marvel-superheroes

After Perez left, it seemed like the heart would go out of Busiek's Avengers, but Alan Davis came on just in time for Busiek to try another old-favorite, the expanded "everyone's an Avenger" team with a global mandate. As with the Wonder Man/Scarlet Witch relationship, this was sort of a "that trick never works!" throwback to story ideas done (badly) by John Byrne in West Coast Avengers, but as with much of what Busiek tried, at least it was ambitious and still felt like the Avengers at its core, even if it wasn't the Avengers some fans (me) might have preferred.

Still, the multiple Hulk army story was fun, the "Maximum Security" crossover a more interesting alien invasion story than Secret Invasion (even if the revamps of the Kree, U.S. Agent, Quasar and others didn't really gain any traction and were either undone or quietly ignored later) and the one-shot pitting the Avengers against Ultron's robo-bride Alkhema entertaining.

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