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Essential Avengers - Volume 8 Paperback – Apr 25 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (April 25 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785163220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785163220
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 3.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #463,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a great Avengers book with good story lines and good art, most of the issues drawn by Perez and Byrne. To me this was a rebirth of the Avengers in quality which went on for many issues after this book.
The pacing in the Korvac saga seems a little strange nowadays but its still good stuff except i don't understand how Moondragon can try to justify Korvacs actions and even consider him the good guy, also interesting is the governments interference with the Avengers and telling them who can or can't be an Avenger.
And theres also Ultron and the tragic story of Bloodhawk and all that sort of stuff.
I have read all the marvel essentials in this Avengers series so far and this one without a doubt could really use some color, just look at the cover art for the book and i'm sure you know what i mean. I already look forward to volume 9 in the series.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa2bec21c) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2ca3720) out of 5 stars I'm the Government, mister May 22 2012
By mrliteral - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Among the superhero team comics, the Avengers were usually my favorite, the all-star team of the Marvel Universe. The issues covered in Essential Avengers Volume 8 not only represent some of the earliest issues I'd read during their first release, but also the comic at the top of its game.

What makes this volume so good? To start with, it's got lots of big villains: Thanos, Ultron, the Absorbing Man, Count Nefaria and Korvac. It's also got some of Marvel's best 1970s-1980s talent: George Perez, John Byrne and Jim Starlin, along with other big names like Jim Shooter, Sal Buscema and Carmen Infantino.

While contending with the bad guys, the Avengers also have to deal with Henry Gyrich, a government agent who finds the team to be rather lax with their security. As a result, he's stripped away their government access. It will be restored, but at a price: Gyrich gets to dictate who's on the Avengers. It's not a popular decision: as Iron Man asks, "Just who the hell do you think you are?", Gyrich coolly retorts, "I'm the Government, mister."

Gyrich's efforts would have a long term impact on the Avengers, as the core team would stick with only seven members, the amount that Gyrich allowed. It would also be one of the first real attempts at government oversight of the superheroes, something that would continue for many years, culminating in the events of Civil War.

That's far in the future for these comics. Suffice it to say that this is one of the top volumes in the Essentials series; for those just being introduced to the team through the movie, this will a nice set: reasonably self-contained and with all the heroes of the movie appearing except the Hulk.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa361f918) out of 5 stars Like a visit with an old friend. April 15 2012
By Robert D Bradley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've been waiting for this volume to come out, mainly because of my affinity for the work of Jim Shooter, John Byrne, Jim Starlin, George Perez and Sal Buscema.

The Nefaria, Warlock/Thanos and Korvac stories are definitely a highpoint for Marvel, and it will be great to revisit them in fabulous black & white!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa35818f4) out of 5 stars Essential Avengers, vol. 8 = Essential For Any Collection! Aug. 5 2013
By Busby - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First things first, I am both a major fan of THE AVENGERS and also of the ESSENTIAL MARVEL format.

That said, the quality represented in the pages of ESSENTIAL AVENGERS, VOLUME 8 (much like that of ESSENTIAL FANTASTIC FOUR, VOLUME 3) far transcends comparisons made within the limited confines of the title itself, and instead places this collection alongside the very, very best the comics medium has to offer.

Beginning (literally!) with Jim Shooter's DAY OF THE GODSLAYER, transitioning to Jim Starlin's N-O-T-E P-E-R-F-E-C-T THE FINAL THREAT, and heading from there directly in to the indispensable THE KORVAC SAGA...

(for many, the absolute zenith of AVENGERS epics & to my mind, the unmatched champion for 20 + years until the release of Kurt Busiek's AVENGERS FOREVER)

...ESSENTIAL AVENGERS, VOLUME 8 packs enough Hall-Of-Fame GREATNESS into its opening three chapters alone to MORE than make it an absolute M-U-S-T for any AVENGERS library & equally worthy of inclusion in the collections of comic book fans everywhere.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa30319d8) out of 5 stars Fantastic Aug. 19 2013
By David Soltys - Published on Amazon.com
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This compilation includes many of the best character defining stories of the title. Though some of the best stories would come later, those stories are only possible through the footwork found here and in far earlier stories.
HASH(0xa3a47738) out of 5 stars great beginning but disappointing ending June 8 2013
By DAVID B BORSELLINO - Published on Amazon.com
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This volume contains great Perez artwork, and wonderful Shooter storytelling. The Korvac saga appears here. Great build up, outstanding dramatic finale, . . . . and then no follow up. But it's a wonderful and worthwhile collection to add to your bookshelf (once you read it, I mean).