10 Reasons Why I Love Marvel Adventures Avengers:
1. Since it is an All Ages title, I can give the comic to the kids I know.
2. Captain America is Steve Rogers and not dead.
3. Storm is finally an Avenger (!), still single and co-leads the team with Captain America (in a well-designed costume that stays true to all her past fashions).
4. Writer Jeff Parker brings the funny. Seriously.
5. Giant-Girl rocks! (You might know her as the Wasp in regular Marvel continuity.)
6. The MODOC issue. It was strange, unsettling and super entertaining!
7. Spider-Man is angst free.
8. Iron Man is not a fascist.
9. Hulk is not a gladiator.
10. There have been no skrulls (yet).
The first three covers I have shared with you, dear reader, are by Aaron Lopresti. The last two are by Leonard Kirk. They both have great styles and do a great job rendering all the different characters unique (dare I say Iconic) looks!
Yeah, the storylines are sometimes rather silly and a little bit like a sitcom, but I find myself laughing out loud at many of the fun character interactions. This is the Spider-Man I know and love quipping wisecracks with gruff Wolverine and irascible Hulk. Where else can you see Hulk wearing giant headphones listening to a story cd so he doesn’t destroy the Quinjet in route to a bad guy confrontation? Giant-Girl adds so much to the mix as a visible female presence on a very testosterone laden lineup. And with her bubbly personality, she’s a great contrast to Storm’s grounded regal presence (but even Storm is portrayed in a more likable fashion; she’s more like a princess than a Queen). I only wish they had added the Scarlet Witch to the mix or given us another female besides the two (Although I think I read somewhere that Jeff had to insist on getting Storm and Giant-Girl in the first place).
The heroes in Marvel Adventures Avengers are truly heroic. There’s a real sense of camaraderie among them. They aren’t embroiled in secret cabals (The Illuminati), divisive skirmishes (Civil War) or paranoid wars (Secret Invasion). The stories are contained in one issue (sometimes there’s two stories) and are a satisfying read. This title goes to the top of my comics pile each month.