Essential Avengers ~ Volume One

Due to my ever decreasing comics budget I’ve decided it’s time to make a start on my collection of Marvel Essentials. For those that don’t know, the Essential’s series is basically a budget range featuring collections of classic comics reprinted in black and white on low quality paper, but are excellent value for money, with upwards of 24 issues in each book, and are a great way to get into Marvel’s massive back catalogue. I’ve been slowly working through Chris Claremont’s run on Uncanny X-men for a while now, but have decided to take a break from it for a while and move onto something else. After a little indecision, with The Defenders and Doctor Strange both being strong candidates, I decided to go with The Avengers and jumped right in. What can I say about it? It’s slightly insane… but completely brilliant. Take this for example:

In the first issue The Hulk is on the run after Loki frames him for a crime, and decides to lay low in a circus whilst disguised as a juggling robot clown named Mechano. Juggling… Robot… Clown! Seriously! Just look at him! He dressed himself up like this thinking it was a good idea! What was going through his head? Hulk Smashed? The strangest part of all? Nobody thought it was in the least bit unusual! I’m loving it though – the early days of Marvel could be quite surreal, and I’m all for that!

Excelsior!

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~ by metafur on June 23, 2012.

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