We can’t get enough of the Avengers around here. As Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters with the force of Thor’s hammer, we’re catching up on some of the greatest exploits of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Art thou worthy of wielding these mighty comics?
To get the full scope of Avengers history, there’s no better place to begin than the beginning. The Marvel Masterworks collection starts with the very first issue, as the legendary creative team of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee collects a motley crew of heroes to defend humanity and trade bon mots. Who or what are they avenging? Who cares? With enemies like Loki, the Sub-Mariner, and an army of lava men, there’s no time for silly questions.
Avengers: The Origin
If you’d prefer a quick debriefing, this graphic novel retells the first Avengers adventure with modern verve. Phil Noto’s clean, bright art gives the Avengers up-to-date style without sacrificing their classic appeal (like there’s any way to improve on Ant-Man and the Wasp’s sweet sci-fi helmets). And the story retains original details like that time the Hulk worked at a circus. No, really.
Avengers: Bride of Ultron
Arrogant super-android Ultron has schemed against the Avengers for decades. This storyline from the 1970s is a classic example, as Ultron tries to turn Janet Pym, a.k.a. the Wasp, into his perfect robot mate. With art by old-school Marvel icons like Sal Buscema and George Perez, this is the platonic ideal of an Avengers adventure.
Now this is some serious avenging. Written by Kurt Busiek and drawn by George Perez, this fan-favorite series stars the Big Three—Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor—but makes time for popular characters like Hawkeye and the Scarlet Witch. The Avengers take on weirder and wilder threats than ever, including what many consider the all-time best Ultron story.
The Secret Avengers series combines superheroes with spies, plunging the Avengers into covert operations against a new breed of stealth supervillains. Rising star writer Rick Remender knows how the game is played, sending the Avengers to international hotspots of crime, terrorism, and intrigue. From the opening pages of Cap and Hawkeye skydiving into a city without parachutes to punch some justice into black-marketeers, it’s a thrill ride.
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