Avengers vs. Atlas 4 (June 2010)

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Each issue of Avengers vs. Atlas ends with an Atlas backup, which is appropriate… since it turns out, the series isn’t actually an Atlas book. I mean, it’s fantastic and I recommend it highly, but it’s an Avengers book.

Boiled down, it’s a love story, full of enthusiasm and absent any of the baggage forty-seven years of stories have saddled on the Pyms.

It’s touching, really, and rather sentimental (in a good way). Parker’s able to present the Avengers, in a pseudo-retcon, full of heroic vigor, but never condescendingly. The series plays to all his strengths as a writer (at least of Marvel superhero books and the strengths he’s exhibited so far in his career).

Parker treats Atlas–though they have some great moments here–as observers. They get to witness some special things, as does the reader.

Excellent Aaron back up too. Concurrently funny, sad and nostalgic.

CREDITS

Earth’s Mightiest Super Heroes, Part 4; writer, Jeff Parker; artist, Gabriel Hardman; colorist, Elizabeth Breitweiser; letterer, Tom Orzechowski. My Dinner with Gorilla Man; writer, Jason Aaron; artist, Giancarlo Caracuzzo; colorist, Brad Anderson; letterer, Joe Sabino. Editors, Nathan Cosby and Mark Paniccia; publisher, Marvel Comics.

One Comment

  1. vernon wiley

    Easily one of the best books Marvel has done this year. I’m sorry to say that the Atlas franchise hasn’t caught on here yet. I swear to God, Marvelheads wouldn’t know a great story if it bit them in the ass, they’re so effin’ brainwashed with the Bendis/Millar hype! I’m with you on every nuance you’ve mentioned. Marvel may have more flashier names doing their comics, but NONE so wonderful as Parker. I pray he will succeed so that Marvel comics will become readable again.

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