Comic Book: The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
"You can fight it all you want, but we are going to be friends, all of us! It's inevitable! We've saved the world like a hundred times now, we've been through horrible things, we've saved each other's lives! We are in this together, and it's time you all started acting like it!"
After The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes premiered on Disney XD, Marvel Comics released a four-issue collection of comics set in the show's universe. The first three each contained two comics, plus some character biographies. The first comic in each of these books is basically a standard story of The Avengersnote Iron Man, Captain America, The Mighty Thor, Incredible Hulk, The Wasp, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, and Black Panther fighting a threat that one hero cannot fend alone. The second comic in each of these books features a short story in which two select heroes team up against an evacuee of the breakout. The fourth issue deviated from this format, presenting one relatively long comic.Additional comics started coming in 2012, under the "all-ages" Marvel Universe banner. The first 12 issues in this series each contain two all-new comics. Issues 13-18 present Film Comics of the first six episodes of the cartoon's second season. (For tropes related to the Film Comics, visit the trope pages of the show and the season 2 episode recaps.)Marvel has made the limited series available to read for free online.
Tropes associated with the comics:
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The Limited Series
All There in the Manual: How Crimson Dynamo joined the Masters of Evil is explained in the story "Obsession", and his bio in the same issue revealed his real name (It's Ivan Vanko). It also confirmed in "Team" that the robot Iron Man fought in "Iron Man is Born" is the show's version of Ultimo.
Anachronic Order: The graphic novel compiling the first seven comics seems to jump around from one month after "Living Legend"note Janet explicitly states in "Adaption" that Captain America/Steve's already spent a month in the 21st century., to some time before "Gamma World"note "Obsession" ends with Crimson Dynamo joining the Masters of Evil, and "Savage" begins with the Avengers setting off to try and convince the Hulk to return., to the day after "The Kang Dynasty".note Steve tells Jan that the Avengers need to train harder after the challenges Kang brought forth. Also, it seems like anyone's guess when the even-numbered chapters take place.
Art Shift: The miniseries' even-numbered stories have more realistic artwork. The same person who drew those stories also drew some splash panels in the last one, whenever Wasp takes photographs of the fight against Ultimo.
Batman Gambit: The Hulk of all people pulls one when dealing with a Brainwashed and Crazy Thor in "Savage". Knowing that Thor would never want to harm a defenseless mortal, he transforms into Bruce Banner during battle. Thor's hypnosis successfully lifts, although Hulk admits he wouldn't have minded if his gambit failed.
Canon Immigrants: Bartoc the Leaper, Adaptoid, the Winter Guard, Collector, and Grandmaster.
In Medias Res: "Trust", "Mutual Respect", and "Courage" each begin in the middle of a fight between two Avengers and a villain rarely seen in the cartoon.
Magic Pants: It's probably just an inconsistency error, but when Hulk changes into Bruce Banner during "Savage", Banner wears only the infamous purple pants. The next time they show him, he's wearing a sweatshirt as well.
Oh Crap: After Ultimo returns at the beginning of "Team":
Brought Down to Normal: "Baby Steps" has Tony Stark temporarily transplant The Vision into a less powerful body so that Tony can check his usual body for glitches. Vision sees this as the closest he'll get to feeling like a human.
Cassandra Truth: Hawkeye refuses to believe the story Black Panther shares about King Solomon's Frogs, which connects them not only with a Biblical monarch, but also with Aladdin and the Loch Ness Monster.
Character Check: "The Leader's Legions" portrays Hank Pym as Ant-Man, instead of Yellowjacket.
Continuity Nod: In "It Came From Inner Space!", the microscopic Psycho-Man decides to try and conquer the normal-sized "Macroverse" after a larger item causes destruction in his empire- one of the money stacks that accidentally shrank to smaller than microscopic size in "To Steal An Ant-Man".
The Corruption: The titular weapon of "Mayhem of the Madbomb!" can increase people's anger and strengthen their violent tendencies.
The sixteenth issue adapts "Welcome To The Kree Empire", yet features a cover that doesn't even remotely anything that happened in the episode: Captain Mar-Vell and Ronan the Accuser imprisoning Iron Man, Captain Americaspoiler Steve Rogers, not Skrull!Cap, and Ms. Marvel in a sphere.
Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: One of the editor's notes in "Mind Games" says that the C in MODOC's name stands for, "contol", instead of, "conquest".
"Rise of the Locust" stars Nick Fury instead of the Avengers.
Eiffel Tower Effect: "Mayhem of the Madbomb!" takes place in the Empire State Building. Black Panther demands himself and Hulk to reach the bomb at the top with stealth, fearing a battle with the HYDRA agents inside could damage the building, while Hulk doesn't care if they have to destroy the structure to save the city.
Evil Versus Evil: "Artistic License" sees Captain America's efforts to save some valuable French paintings from Porcupine get interrupted by Bartoc the Leaper coming to fight Porcupine for at least one of the paintings.
Fantastic Racism: Wasp endures this in "Magneto Walks the Earth". The newspaper falsely calls her a mutant, prompting a protest outside Avengers Mansion. She also gets personally invited to join Magneto's crusade against humans.
Foreshadowing: A time-hopping sequence in "King Solomon's Frogs" briefly lands Hawkeye and Black Panther in a battle between the Avengers and Galactus, the villain of the Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes series finale. Panther also considers the whole adventure an omen of Kang's eventual escape from prison.
Hoist by Her Own Petard: "The Serpent Crown" has Madame Viper use an enchanted crown to summon a snake demon to help her Take Over the World. However, the demon instead tries to attack her, then does the same to everyone else who tries on the crown.
I Just Want to Be Normal: "This Man, That Monster!" opens with Bruce Banner having another scientist ( The Mad Thinker in disguise) drain his gamma energy so he could resume the life of a normal physicist.
Incredible Shrinking Man: Wasp shrinks Iron Man and Captain America in "They Came From Inner Space!", so they can help the Microns stop Psycho-Man from conquering the normal-sized "Macroverse".
Kick the Dog: In "Magneto Walks the Earth", when Magneto strangles Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver for begging him not to harm any humans, Wasp exclaims, "It's like you're trying to be extra evil!"
Lampshade Hanging: The constant attacks on Stark Tower get this in "Enter the Mandarin."
Late Arrival Spoiler: The fifth issue has 10 Avengers, but came out when the cartoon only had seven leads. Its release happened two weeks before The Vision pulled a Heel-Face Turn, roughly a month before Hank Pym became Yellowjacket, and two months before Hulk became pardoned for destruction he didn't really cause.
Pick up one of the many comics guest-starring Black Widow without watching the first season of the show, and the conclusion to the subplot about her possibly becoming a double agent will lose a little of its surprise.
Leaning on the Fourth Wall/Mythology Gag: In the Recap Episode "Assembly Line," each of the entries that Nick Fury and Maria Hill record about events from the first season has a number containing the respective episode's production code (or codes, for events from multi-part episodes).
Moment Killer: Hawkeye finally lands a date with Black Widow at the end of "My Dinner with HYDRA," but it gets cut short by Widow getting a call for the two of them to free some hostages from Baron Zemo in Alcatraz.
Nonstandard Character Design: Agent Coulson doesn't look as stylized as the other characters, since he debuted in Marvel's live-action movies, and never showed up in the Earth's Mightiest Heroes cartoon.
Off Model: Unfortunately happens more often here than in the cartoon.
Iron Man has yellow word balloons with red font, to match his armor.
Thor has his dialogue written in a slightly-old-looking script font.
The Vision has yellow word balloons with black text.
Series Continuity Error: "When the Grey Gargoyle Strikes" takes place after the first season finale, yet Iron Man still has his Mark VII armor. Even more confusing, Skrull Captain America has his original costume, and his photonic shield, even though the cartoon had already shown that he didn't get that shield until after he started wearing a new costume.
Baddies that got locked up in Prison 42 during either the cartoon or the limited series sometimes become the villains of these comics, as if the Avengers never defeated them before.