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I sounds a bit strange, but I have noticed that every time time we discussed something about the Avengers, we did it at the "Marvel Comics general" thread. I have searched for the actual thread, and no, it seems that nobody had started a thread about Earth Mightiest Heroes yet. So, let's fix this and get started.
To begin the discussion, we may talk about the most recent launch, Avengers #1, by Jason Aaron, Ed Mc Guinness, Mark Morales and David Curiel. The current line-up is Thor (Odinson), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Captain America (Steve Rogers), Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Dr. Strange, Ghost Rider and She-Hulk. In the first issue, however, they had not got all toguether yet. There's also a guest appearance of the prehistoric Avengers.
I am not a fan of Mc Guinness or the Celestials so I'm not really the target audience for this one, but I dislike the casting approach of having almost the whole team be characters with their own books. It's impossible to have Character Development that way, and what gave the Avengers their own identity at their best was that they were like the Justice League with more Character Development.
Funny enough, even though it's being sold to comic shops as a back-to-basics Avengers, it's really almost the same approach as the Waid "All-New, All-Different" lineup, where almost all the characters were new to the team but they all had their own solo books too. I think the all-star approach to the team just doesn't work very well, which is why Stan Lee and Jack Kirby dropped it after little more than a year.
What a strange coincidence.
This is someone who doesn't typically follow comic books speaking, but I've never really gotten the idea of "let's push all of these characters in another continuity to help psych people into seeing the movie."
Does this actually work on people? Because in an industry of people who make decisions like, "we can't have these characters in the show when there's a movie out because the fans might get confused," I've always assumed this was a dumb marketing ploy.
I suspect it's the other way around, they try to push MCU stars into the books to try and pick up some movie fans. It doesn't actually work - Iron Man has never been A-list popular in the comics no matter how popular he becomes in movies - but ever since Bob Harras got fired from Marvel for failing to capitalize on the first X-Men movie's success, every editor has been expected to at least try and show they made that push.
The synergy does not seem to be as heavy lately as it was after the first Avengers movie, though. They were pushing those 6 characters into every iteration of the Avengers (comics, cartoons) and generally trying desperately to piggyback on that movie's success. These days MCU characters are often under-sold, like Scott Lang doesn't appear much in the comics despite his movie success.
The first issue starts with Thor, cap and Iron man dressed as common people, sitting in a table and having a toast. A Mythology Gag to The Ultimates! Count me in, I instantly liked this book.
And then there's that scene when Strange points that he can only be alive in that place because of his magic, and Black Panther... is Black Panther. Kind of reminds me of How It Should Have Ended, and their "BECAUSE I'M BATMAN!!"
edited 4th May '18 5:11:54 PM by GrigorII
What happened to Rogue? Is she gone from the team?
She's in a spa with Gambit, enjoying themselves and fighting robot duplicates
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