Avengers 1 review

Avengers 1

And so it begins. Jonathan Hickman kicks off his Avengers run with a purely story-based issue. A new threat has arrived to judge Earth, and the Avengers have to expand to have a chance against them. This is my first actual Avengers comic, apart from the Kree/Skrull War and the Search for She Hulk. Was it a good introduction to the franchise?

For the most part, yes. The storytelling in this issue is brilliant. It’s mostly lead up to what could be a rather epic story. The three “villains” have bombs that can terraform planets and even alter their biosphere. They’ve already turned a large portion of Mars into a garden, and terra-bombed two minor cities. The six movie Avengers attack them, only to find that they’re simply not enough.

While the three villains are introduced, there isn’t all that much characterization in this issue. Their basic personalities are explored, but that’s about it. The Avengers have almost no characterization at all, and with 18 Avengers in the next issue it’s unlikely they’ll get any in the first story arc. That’s not necessarily a bad thing when you’re introducing such a big storyline, but I’m already aware that some people don’t like the lack of characterization.

The art is simply brilliant. Every panel has some sort of atmospheric feel to it, and the visuals help tell the story. It’s always easy to tell who you’re looking at, even when the colour pallet is changed for “lighting” purposes.

This is a good comic. There’s a lot of story build up, a new and serious threat to Earth, and great art to back it up. I’m confident that Hickman will bring in characterization later on – he’s proven himself on that front with his amazing Fantastic Four run. If you like the Avengers movie, you should definitely check this out. If you like reading Avengers comics, or Jonathan Hickman, this is also an easy recommendation. Just keep in mind that the first few issues likely won’t have much characterization.

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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - www.healed1337.blogspot.com As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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3 Responses to Avengers 1 review

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  2. xmenxpert says:

    The lack of characterization was the most glaring problem. I loved Hickman’s ability to always keep the focus personal, no matter how big his ideas got. He lost that here. Which isn’t a good sign, considering a lack of personal focus was my biggest problem with Bendis’s run.

    I also found the story confusing. Needlessly so, for a debut.


    • healed1337 says:

      I partially agree with you. I would have liked a bit more characterization since I prefer good character development over a good story. In this case, it feels kind of like he’s saving it for later. If he doesn’t have much characterization by the second arc, this series will start to lose me.

      The confusing nature didn’t bother me though – it feels almost like part of the build up. Again, your allowed to not like it, but it actually excited me a bit.


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