15 August 2007

The Earth's Mightiest Heroes

I have been reading the adventures of the Avengers for around forty years, initially in British black and white reprints, then in the original Marvel comic and now in a family of comics that includes New Avengers, Mighty Avengers, Ultimates and Illuminati.

The Avengers have always had a changing line-up and every major Marvel hero has been a member at some time, including the usually loners like Spiderman, Wolverine and Daredevil. This continual change helps to keep the comic fresh and allows for interesting sub-plots in the character interactions. It's not quite Dallas but there have been a few weddings, affairs and serious arguments.

But what I really like about the Avengers is, being the Earth's Mightiest Heroes, they get involved in the biggest adventures, such as the classic Kree v Skrull war (1972), Kang war (2001) and the more recent House of M and Civil War.

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