Essential Avengers - Volume 8 Paperback – Apr 25 2012
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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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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.
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!
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.