Credits: Jack Kirby / Marvel Comics
Marvel’s: The Avengers adventures extend well beyond the movie screen
Essential Avengers TPB Vol. 6, 7, & 8: Features the cosmic storyline from “Celestial Madonna” arc. These stories pull out all the stops and introduce some of the best characters the Marvel Universe has ever known. Featuring guest appearances by Captain Marvel, The Fantastic Four, and Warlock, this collection showcases one of Marvel’s penultimate arcs in comic history and the work of industry legends (creators Steve Englehart, Tony Isabella, Scott Edelman, Gerry Conway, Jim Shooter, Bill Mantlo, Stan Lee, George Perez, Don Heck, Keith Pollard, Joe Sinnott, John Buscema, Sal Buscema, Pablo Marcos, George Tuska, Sal Trapani, Jack Kirby and Gil Kane)
Vol. 6 collects Avengers #120-140, Captain Marvel #33, Fantastic Four #150 and Giant Size Avengers #1-4
Vol. 7 collects Avengers #141-163, Annual #6 and Super-Villain Team-Up #9
Vol. 8 Avengers (1963) #164-184, Avenges Annual #7-8, Marvel Two-In-One Annual #2
Avengers:The Korvac Saga: Things From Another World sums up this cosmic storyline as follows “Save the world, destroy the world – it’s all the same to him! When a flawed demigod decides it’s his destiny to perfect the universe, it will take the combined might of the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop him!” This collection features the talents of Jim Shooter, George Perez and John Romita Jr. and brings together Avengers (1963) issues #167-168. #170-177 and Thor Annual #6
Avengers: Kree Skrull War HC: Things From Another World sums up this one as “A conflict of star-spanning proportions – with Earth caught in the crossfire! For those eternal intergalactic enemies, the merciless Kree and the shape-changing Skrulls, have gone to war, and our planet is situated on the front lines!
Can Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers, bring about an end to the fighting before humanity becomes a casualty of war? And what good are even a dozen super-powered champions against the vast military machines of two of the great empires of the cosmos?
The key to victory lies with the expatriate Kree Captain Mar-Vell and his human host, honorary Avenger Rick Jones! Featuring the trend-setting artwork of Neal Adams, the Kree/Skrull War is universally acknowledged as one of the finest and most important sagas in the Marvel canon.”
Collecting The Avengers (1963) issues #89-97 with art contributions from Roy Thomas, Sal Buscema and Neal Adams.
These collections are a great start to those looking to learn more about this potent team of heroes and are sure to fill your imagination until Avengers 2 hits the silver screen in the next few years. Head on over to your nearest comic shop (some great local shops include Dr. Comics and Mr. Games, Flying Colors Comics, and The Escapist) or bookstore to begin the adventure!
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