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The New Avengers Deluxe, Volume 1 by Brian…

The New Avengers Deluxe, Volume 1

by Brian Michael Bendis

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In the wake of the Disassembled event, in which the Scarlet Witch had a mental breakdown that caused the deaths of three members, the Avengers broke up. Tony Stark could no longer afford to support the team and they were disheartened by the destruction wrought by one of their own. The New Avengers opens with a massive prison break at the Raft – where all the supervillains are kept. Several superheroes arrive to try and stop the chaos, and Captain America feels that fate has intervened to create a new team of Avengers. Forty-two villains escape.

The first section of the book entails Iron Man and Captain A convincing these heroes to become a team: Spiderwoman, Spider-Man, Luke Cage, Wolverine and, eventually, the Sentry. Once they agree, the first order of business is discovering who was the intended target of the breakout and tracking that villain down. Along the way, they discover SHIELD is doing something it shouldn't be which causes dissension between the organization and the heroes.

The largest section deals with The Sentry. I’d never heard of the character before (except for his major role in Dark Reign/Siege) but readers don’t need to because the storyline is designed to introduce him. None of the Avengers know who he is and there is a reason for that. Once this is dealt with, the last brief story concerns the discovery of a crashed Kree vessel, which is no doubt a set-up for something down the road as nothing comes of it. The book closes with some “files” on the various villains imprisoned in the Raft.

Overall, this is a solid start for a new team. I like the mix of characters, especially Spider-man whose trademark wisecracks help lighten the action-heavy stories. Spiderwoman may or may not be working for someone else, and the Sentry may or may not have all his marbles. There’s a lot of potential here. I do feel that the files at the end didn't add much to the book. They were overly wordy, with lots of b or c level villains. Still, highly recommended. ( )
1 vote jshillingford | Jan 9, 2014 |
The Avengers are refashioned into Marvel's equivalent of the Justice League in this suprisingly good relaunch by the talented Brian Michael Bendis. Two great story arcs accompanied by some terrific art makes this well worth the money. ( )
  Bellis | Feb 21, 2008 |
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Please do not combine The New Avengers: Breakout with The New Avengers Deluxe, Volume 1 which is an omnibus, or with The New Avengers, Volume 1 which collects a different series.
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In the aftermath of Avengers Disassembled come the New Avengers! With the Avengers disbanded following an attack by one of the team's oldest members, a shadowy villain has taken advantage of their absence to initiate his ominous plans. Employing Electro to disrupt the electrical systems of the maximum-security prison known as the Raft, hundreds of super-powered villains are freed to wreak havoc on New York. Without the Avengers to answer the call, a group of heroes must form a makeshift alliance to subdue the rampaging villains and save the city. In the heat of battle, this new team fills the void left by the Avengers' demise - the New Avengers. After shocking the Marvel fans with the series-shattering "Avengers Disassembled" storyline, writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist David Finch begin an all-new chapter in Marvel Comics history with New Avengers. Featuring a cast of fan-favorite characters including Wolverine, Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man and Spider-Woman teamed with the hard-edged heroes Luke Cage and the Sentry, New Avengers presents a 21st-century revitalization of the classic Avengers concept. Plus: The mystery of the Sentry revealed! The Avengers try to help the most powerful super hero in the world figure out who he is and where he came from! But will this knowledge destroy the man they're trying to help? Collects New Avengers #1-10, New Avengers Most Wanted Files, New Avengers: Custom #676: Army & Air Force.

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Collects various comics featuring the New Avengers in which the team of superheroes faces off against various villains who have escaped from a maximum security prison.

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