Comics You Should Be Reading: Avengers Special

After writing the last comics you should be reading I realized just how many different Avengers books there are on the shelves each month. For new readers it must be confusing. Which ones should you get? What is the difference? For this Comics You Should Be Reading I will give a summary of the different Avengers books. Hopefully this will help you choose which book is right for you.

Avengers Academy:
Don’t let this one fly under your radar. Avengers Academy focuses on a group of young heroes being taught how to be the future heroes of the world. They couldn’t ask for better teachers; legendary heroes Hank Pym, Quicksilver, Tigra, Speedball and lots of other guest teachers.

Unfortunately for the heroes, they find out they weren’t picked for Avengers Academy because they are the best young heroes. They were picked because they have the highest potential to become super villains. Most of the kids powers are also curses. Hazmat can’t be outside of her containment suit without killing the people around her. Veil can turn her body into gas but each time she does she risks never being able to become solid again. Mettle’s skin is super strong but he looks like a monster and can’t feel like regular people do. The kids have every reason to turn their backs on the world and Avengers Academy is trying to keep that from happening.

The other Avengers books deal with the biggest heroes in the Marvel Universe. Those heroes have seen and dealt with everything under the sun. Avengers Academy has characters that are trying to find their place in the world. Will they become heroes or villains? Will their powers be their downfall? Will they ever be ready to step into the shoes the current Avengers have filled for decades? They choose their destinies from now on and I can’t wait to see where they end up.

Also, you have to love a book that has Valkyrie almost telling the girl students of Avengers Academy about the alternative “tools” they can use instead of boys.

Secret Avengers:
This book has the most unique roster of any of the other Avengers titles; Steve Rogers, Moon Knight, Black Widow, Nova, War Machine, Valkyrie, Ant Man and Beast. The Secret Avengers are a black ops team. They are more proactive than most other super teams. They want to take out threats before they become too big.

I was excited for Secret Avengers but the book hasn’t clicked with me. The first arc had the team going into space which didn’t feel like the black ops book I thought I was getting. The book is extremely popular though so I recommend people give it a try and decide for themselves. I love the theme and the team so hopefully I like the next arc more.

New Avengers:
I’m not sure what the official roster is for the New Avengers. Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Drew, The Thing, and Mockingbird are definitely on the team. In the first arc Wolverine, Spider-Man, and Hawkeye were part of the first arc of New Avengers but I’m not sure if they are on the team. What I do know is that the book is fantastic.

The writing for New Avengers is great. There are tons of laugh out moments and tons of fun action. The art is fantastic. Stuart Immonen is one of the best artists in the business. Unfortunately he is leaving the book for another Marvel project.

I love New Avengers because it takes lesser known heroes like Luke Cage and Iron Fist and puts them up against threats that Captain America and Thor would find daunting. This team deals with things differently than the main Avengers team but they are no less effective.

This book is the main event. It has the biggest heroes in the Marvel Universe. The roster is Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Spider Woman, Thor, Hawkeye and Maria Hill. That is a lot of big hitters on one team. They deal with threats that deserve attention from such a powerful team.

The first arc the Avengers had to save time itself from collapsing. The next arc has started with a villain getting his hands on some of the most powerful weapons in the universe. I like that the threats the Avengers are dealing with are so huge. It makes the book fun and justifies how powerful the team is.

The artist for Avengers is John Romita Jr. While some characters look weird (I’m looking at your crazy hair Spider Woman) Romita shows how amazing he can be with the many amazing splash pages. He has to draw a crazy amount of craziness and it looks fantastic every time. Just look at that picture below.

Hopefully this special edition of Comics You Should Be Reading helps you decide which of these great books is for you. Stay tuned for more special editions including Bat Family books, X-men books, and more. If you have suggestions leave them in the comments!

Pictures via Comic Book Resources and Marvel

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  • Initially I disliked Romita’s art style until I saw his work on Avengers. I think it’s just that Kick Ass was a lot darker in tone and story compared to the Avengers, but now I love his style. I was digging Secret Avengers for a minute with that first story. Nova getting all, taken over by that helmet, and Nick Fury appearing. That was pretty clean. I haven’t checked out the other stories though. And like you said above, I’ve heard nothing but good things about Avenger’s Academy. I think I might pick that up too.

  • How did Maria Hill get involved in the Avengers? This is why I hate anything that Bendis writes.

  • May I recommend proof reading before publishing? Power Fist? Captain American? Good article, but sloppy

  • @Fred: Fixed.

    @Captain Power: Maria Hill is in more of a liaison role between the Avengers and Steve Rogers, but when the action happens she doesn’t have any problem stepping up to the plate. Maria Hill has grown on me since Civil War. She was awesome during Siege. She has proven herself as a character for me but I know a lot of people don’t like her.

    @William: Everything about Secret Avengers had me excited except the actual book, haha. Romita has really gone all out for Avengers so far.

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