The Spider-Man Project

Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Vol. 1 001-003

Posted by dave, October 1, 2007 at 1:08 pm · No Comments ·

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes 001Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes 001
Writer: Joe Casey
Art: Scott Kolins
Color art: Morry Hollowell
Letters: Richard Starkings
Originally published: January 2005

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes 002Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes 002
Writer: Joe Casey
Art: Scott Kolins
Color art: Morry Hollowell
Letters: Richard Starkings
Originally published: January 2005

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes 003Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes 003
Writer: Joe Casey
Art: Scott Kolins
Letters: Richard Starkings
Colors: Wil Quintana
Originally published: February 2005

No Spider-Man in any of these. He appears later in the series, but I wanted to read all eight issues.

I actually didn’t read these in exactly the right spot. It’s close, but there’s a few things that make me realize my order was wrong. The first issue starts with the conception of the Avengers and continues past the Avengers #3 (which I read earlier) and just a little further. I should have read it right after Avengers #3. The second issue doesn’t have anything to give away its incorrect placement, but in the third issue The Black Knight, Melter, Radioactive Man and Baron Zemo fight the Avengers. The Black Knight fought Spider-Man in Untold Tales #9 and Radioactive Man did in Untold Tales #16, both of which took place after this fight with the Avengers. That means this issue (and, obviously Earth’s Mightiest Heroes #2) should have come before Untold Tales #9.

Without having read many issues of Avengers, I can’t comment too much on how well these books fit in, but it’s clear they’re designed to fill in some background information and character development (which Stan Lee was always kind of skimpy on, IMO) and focus on how politics affected the Avengers in their early days.

The first issue basically tells the story of the group’s inception and early problems with the Hulk and ends with the Avengers finding Captain America floating in the ocean. The second issue opens with the Avengers performing tests on him right after he’s been revived. It shows him trying to adjust to a modern world after being out of commission since 1945, and trying to find his place. His re-emergance and subsequent membership in the Avengers starts to help their political situation as well. In the third issue, these same troubles with the Hulk and Cap’s transition are still in play, but the Avengers are also faced with an offer from the government to become an official branch of the US military.

So this is a pretty cool series, especially for someone like me that’s not actually really reading Avengers. There’s good writing, it focuses mostly on character development, and it’s giving me a great history of the group in a nutshell. It’s too bad I read these out of order, but it’s close enough that it doesn’t make a huge deal. I think I’ll try to sort out the other issues now, in case I can get them into a better order before continuing.

By the way, the art in these books is top notch. I really like what Scott Kolins has done here.

I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of these.

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