50 Greatest Avengers Stories: #15-11
In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the Avengers, we’re doing a poll of the greatest Avengers stories of all-time! You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 50 Greatest Avengers Stories!
Each day will have five more stories on the countdown (eventually I think it’ll get to three stories a day). Here is a master list of every story featured so far. Here are #15-11!
15. Ultimates 2 #1-13
Bryan Hitch, Paul Neary and Mark Millar tell the tale of how the Ultimates became SO effective as a tool of the United States government that other nations begin to formulate a counter to them, and when their plan springs into action, the Ultimates cannot even trust each other as the whole operation collapses around them and as the United States of America is stolen right out from underneath their noses! And is Loki involved or is he not? And which member of the Ultimates is a traitor? All these questions answered and more in this 13-part saga that culminated with a stunning series of dramatic battles in the final few issues!
14. “Lost in Space-Time” West Coast Avengers #17-24
In this epic tale by writer Steve Englehart and artists Al Milgrom and Joe Sinnott, Englehart created one of the most complex and elaborate time-travel storylines that comics had ever seen at the time. The Avengers are thrust back into time but are separated during the journey. Mockingbird is essentially raped by a Western “hero.” When she figures it out, she gets her revenge in a fashion that ultimately destroys her marriage with Hawkeye. Meanwhile, the rest of the Avengers are traveling through time, trying to find a way back home. Englehart brilliantly weaves through Marvel’s history of time travel, including a stunning sequence where the Avengers show up at a point in time where both the Fantastic Four AND Doctor Strange had previously traveled! Meanwhile, back in the present, Hank Pym contemplates suicide and ends up being inspired to become a whole different kind of hero. This story had it all – adventure, drama, character-driven stories, action-driven stories. A classic Avengers epic.
13. “Super-Human” Ultimates #1-6
This initial six-part story introduced the world to writer Mark Millar and artists Bryan Hitch and Andrew Currie’s envisioning of the 21st Century superhero. Their take on superheroics proved to be highly influential on the “real” Marvel Universe, particularly Hitch’s realistic art style and the widescreen heroics (that predated Ultimates, of course, as Hitch himself had already done it for Authority AND JLA, but he further popularized it here). This series also more or less formed the basis for the massively successful Avengers live action film (especially Hitch’s designs) – they specifically got credited at the end of the film.
12. “Assault on Olympus” Avengers #281-285
After the events of the Under Siege storyline, Hercules is in bad shape. His father, Zeus, blames the Avengers for what happened to Hercules so he brings them to Olympus to face their punishment. Zeus made a major mistake, though – he underestimated the Avengers. Roger Stern wrote and John Buscema and Tom Plamer drew this epic storyline that showed definitively to the Greek gods that these were, indeed, Earth’s mightiest heroes. This was also the storyline that was essentially the capper to Stern’s Avengers run (yes, he started another story, but this was the last one he actually finished).
11. “JLA/Avengers” JLA/Avengers #1-4
The team-up of the century, as Busiek and George Perez tell this epic tale of the Avengers and the Justice League first being pitted against each other by Krona and the Grandmaster, before they then team up to take Krona down, who wants to merge the universes of the JLA and the Avengers, which would destroy them both.