"U.S.Avengers": A Guide to Marvel's New Patriotic Superhero Team
So, obviously this is spurred by Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy, which came out last weekend, which demolished all August film openings, which I saw this weekend, and which was, as everyone has already been telling you, pretty much awesome.
But you don’t need another post about that, you’ve seen it all before, there’s nothing new I can tell you. This movie is like pure joy, bottled and delivered directly into your soul. It’s not perfect but it’s fun, funny, and a great example of how super complicated ideas and utterly bizarre characters and concepts can be made “new viewer” friendly and yet still appeal to fans. It’s a success all around.
MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD
I was thinking a lot this past week about Young Avengers forthcoming end with issue #15, and how, as disappointed as I am to not be getting that book as a continued ongoing, there’s something wonderful about how Gillen and McKelvie’s Young Avengers will now exist as a nearly perfect 15 issue run, with limited guest artists, no phone-it-in-issues (which just happens over a long run, it’s only natural), one clear and concise vision, and most importantly, no damn crossover issues or messy event tie-ins. Young Avengers will be able to be collected into a few awesome trades, and if we’re lucky someday maybe a sweet little omnibus. It will be a great book to put on your shelf and go back to time and time again. Kind of like the wonder that is Nextwave Agents of H.A.T.E. – which I re-read at least once every year – and which stands out in the way that only the “brilliant but cancelled” can.
But maybe these things don’t have to be “cancelled,” maybe, instead, like Young Avengers they can just choose to be one smaller and more defined moment.
Inside this episode! We have a review of Ann Nocenti and Rafa Sandoval’s Catwoman #14 and Kathryn Immonen and Valerio Schiti’s Journey Into Mystery #646. We then have an awesome interview with Marvel Editor Jeanine Schaefer! C’mon in for a listen! Kelly mercilessly plugs her book – on sale for Cyber Monday at Amazon! Sue talks about how 3 Batgirls have swept the Kick Ass DC Woman Tournament 3 years in a row. Also, did you see what Sue is Thankful For this year? Great list of great things! Ooh! And Renae De Liz has a great new Kickstarter going. Check it out!
Here are the breaks:
Catwoman #14 – 00:43
Journey Into Mystery #646 – 14:01
Interview with Jeanine Schaefer – 23:31
Extra bits! – 97:43
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*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question! Advance reviews are always spoiler-free!
I read three brand new Marvel superhero books this week, all with a female slant (headlining female characters and also featuring female artists, writers, and even editors) and I have to say, buying those books was one of my most enjoyable trips to the comic store in a long while. It felt good to have beautiful books in my hand that I knew were all about female characters and had women creators on board. But as they were all one-shots and minis I was also nervous, my experience with minis and one-shots being patchy and disappointing at best. But I still held out hope…so did they stand up to the anticipation?
Let’s find out, shall we?
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