Written by: Jason Aaron
Art by: Ed McGuinness, David Curiel, Mark Morales and Cory Petit
Edited by: Alanna Smith, Tom Brevoort
Published by: Marvel Comics
What It’s about…
Thor Odinson. Steve Rogers. Tony Stark. The Big Three of the Avengers are reunited at last! And just in time to save the world from total annihilation at the hands of their most powerful enemies yet: the 2000-foot-tall space gods known as Celestials.
Behold the coming of the Final Host. Who will answer the call to assemble for a wild new era of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? Hint: one of them has a flaming skull for a head. And what strange, world-shaking connection exists between the Final Host and Odin’s ancient band of Prehistoric Avengers? less
What I thought about it…
With Avengers #1, Marvel kicks off their “Fresh Start” initiative. Or as I like to call it, Marvel’s umpteenth relaunch since 2012. Has the House of Ideas finally found a winning formula? Is this the relaunch that will stick? How long can Ed McGuinness maintain a bi-weekly schedule? And more importantly, will the new Avengers title make past issue #30?
Your guess is as good as mine.
All I know for sure is that I really enjoyed Avengers #1. Writer Jason Aaron has a great handle on these characters, particularly Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man. The pages where the three characters reunite over drinks is Marvel at its best. From Cap drinking a Shiley Temple, to Thor out drinking them all, and Tony threatening to leave Cap with Thor’s bar tab, this is exactly what Marvel needs more of!
Jason Aaron goes for a get back to basics approach, and it works. This team comes together organically, it’s not forced on us like countless other Avengers teams have been in the past. Furthermore, Aaron manages to bring readers up on what the main character have been up to over the last couple of years, but without bogging down the main plot.
Meanwhile, the art by Ed McGuinness is spot on. I’ve enjoyed his stuff since I met him at New England comics over 20 years ago when he drew Vampirella. His style never gets old, and I love what he does in this issue with the facial expressions of Tony Stark, and Carol Danvers. I know drawing 18 issues a year is a tall task for any artist, but I hope McGuinness is one of the rotating artists for the first couple of years.
My only complaint about Avengers #1 is that She-Hulk doesn’t get anything to do. Every character is front and center, but for some reason She-Hulk only gets a page to herself. It’s a minor complaint, but seeing how the rest of the team got several pages, ol’ She-Hulkie deserved a little more of the spotlight.
All in all, Avengers #1 was indeed a fresh start, and a highly enjoyable one. The team of Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness is phenomenal, and I hope they have a long run on the title. The only question now is, will Marvel have the balls to stick with this restart?
Avengers #1 score: A-