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Avengers n.1 #1: Review

Nov 2016
Mark Waid, Barry Kitson

Story Name:

(No title given)

Review & Comments

4 stars

Avengers n.1 #1 Review by (November 13, 2016)
Comments: Story expands on events covered in AVENGERS #16. Issue includes the letters page reprinted from AVENGERS #17 (June 1965).

Review: Similar to Mark Waid's CAPTAIN AMERICA: MAN OUT OF TIME, this series looks to give a more detailed and modernized examination of an earlier milestone in Marvel history, this time, the revamping of the original Avengers line-up in AVENGERS #16. The solicit promises that there will also be relevance to the current situation. Right now I'm not seeing much other than having a previously unmentioned set of bad guys—the Frightful Four—for the heroes to fight which makes for some cool action but little more. The odd thing about this project is that this is not listed as a limited series but an ongoing. So how long will it last? Will there be a particular point to which this is building up? For now I'm willing to follow Waid and Kitson to see where they take us.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers n.1 #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Wasp narrates the battle between the original AvengersIron Man, Thor, Giant-Man, and Wasp—against the Masters of EvilBlack Knight, Enchantress, Executioner, and the Melter—in the streets of New York City. By teamwork they defeat their foes, to the acclaim of an adoring public....

Captain America returns from an adventure in South America (seen in AVENGERS #15) to the startling news that his teammates are leaving to deal with personal issues. But they have left him with three replacements, all former villains—Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver—who he does not know....

Cap hurries to get to the press conference Iron Man had already set up but he doesn't get there fast enough before Hawkeye has the new Avengers give a demonstration of their talents. Cap hurriedly introduces them to the crowd—as a reporter asks about Quicksilver's and the Witch's former association with the mutant terrorist Magneto and Hawkeye's past as a bad guy. And Hawkeye doesn't help that he sounds like he is the team leader. The hostile questioning causes Wanda to walk out on the event....

Meanwhile, watching on TV are the Frightful FourWizard, Medusa, Sandman, Trapster—and the Wizard decides to attack the Avengers before the Avengers come after them....

Pietro suggests to a tearful Wanda that they leave the team but she decides against it, they have to keep their commitment. Cap finds Hawkeye packing but Clint changes his mind when he learns they have a butler. At this point the Frightful Four arrive and the Avengers go out to meet them. Within seconds, Wizard shoots down Quicksilver, Medusa entangles Hawkeye in her hair, Sandman clobbers Cap, and Trapster shoots paste in Scarlet Witch's face. The Wasp sees this on TV and is stunned....

Barry Kitson
Mark Farmer
Jordan Boyd
Barry Kitson (Cover Penciler)
Barry Kitson (Cover Inker)
Jordan Boyd (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Clint Barton)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

(Pietro Maximoff)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)


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