Review: Avengers The Origin #1

Published on May 6th, 2010

There are many books that get unfortunately skipped over during one’s trip to the comic shop. You know the same old story of “Hey it’s new comic book day, just grab my books and get out of there!” but this past week I made the time and checked out a few books that I missed. One of which was Avengers The Origin and boy am I glad I did!

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Avengers The Origin is Written by Joe Casey and Drawn beautifully by Phil Noto and is a 5 part mini series the re- tells the fateful meeting of earth’s mightiest heroes The Avengers in a slightly updated and different manor then what we are normally used to. If I had to guess I would say that it takes place in some weird time frame of mid 70’s to last week…..it hasn’t been clear as of yet but if I had to judge solely on the tech in the issue I would say as late as at least 2 to 3 years ago…who knows folks this is Marvel just enjoy the ride! The book itself opens with Loki being outcast and pontificating in a hellish world about his much beloved brother Thor and his plan for ..what else revenge!

Now before we move on let me just be completely honest with you. I have never read the origin story of The Avengers and up until 5 to 6 years ago wasn’t even a fan of The Avengers so I am not sure how much this diverges from the original tale. I can tell you that all the original major players are present.We get to see Tony Stark parading around in secret in his old school Ironman out fit as well as a miss understood Thor  and a newly started team of Ant-man and Wasp.Hey they even threw in a rampaging Hulk who every one wasn’t sure if they liked yet, like is he like the guy in the PG-13 movie every one’s *really* hoping makes it happen or is he gonna be like the guy in the rated R movie, you know, the guy you’re not sure whether or not you like yet. You’re not sure where he’s coming from.Right now he is just a Bad Man…a Big Bad Green Man.

It is truly an origin story bringing together a team that wasn’t a team yet fighting a foe that they don’t understand which makes for some great storytelling on Casey’s part and the art work…good lord the art work! I think I have found another new favorite artist.Phil Noto’s work is crisp, concise, and beautiful.He has a way of making old looking Stark Tech look fairly modern and draws your eye to every single individual pannel.I really am looking forward to every new issue of this book as it has layed a solid foundation for what I am told is a classic Avengers story.

Sheldon Lee

Sheldon@comicimpact.com