Monday, August 22, 2005

In case you're interested ...

Are you wondering which Kurt Busiek/Carlos Pacheco Avengers story is a good one to read? Well, my latest Comics You Should Own tells you all about why Avengers Forever is worthy of your attention. If you're in the mood, go read it.

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Blogger Lex said...

Yeah, Avengers Forever was pretty good. But my favorite Busiek/Pacheco story is definately Arrowsmith.

8/22/2005 05:14:00 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Isn't Avengers Forever the only Busiek/Pacheco Avengers story?

8/22/2005 05:18:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

They did an Avengers/Squadron Supreme Annual, as well.

8/22/2005 06:09:00 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Michael - I was just joking, since they should have done more. And Lex, I already did Arrowsmith as an installment of Comics You Should Own (I do them alphabetically). Cronin mocked me and made me feel bad.

8/22/2005 06:40:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...


8/22/2005 07:03:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

You know what I liked?


I thought that was quite well done.

8/22/2005 07:15:00 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

You're right. It was good.

8/22/2005 07:39:00 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Forgot about that annual. That was the year they did all team-up annuals, as I recall. That one was good; had Imus Champion, and Ant-Man and Wasp saved the day.

8/23/2005 10:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Neil said...

While I liked your review and thought it was well written, I have to disagree with your assessment of Avengers Forever. Personally, it's not one of my favorite Avengers stories-- the continuity in it is so dense light cannot escape, and if you don't know all the little references, you probably won't appreciate the story. At times ( such as the infamous Avengers Forever #8, one big extended flashback with little story progression ) it seemed like the #1 priority was to clean up the characters' histories, with storytelling a distant second. Which makes the whole exercise unncessary, and a case of " comics about comics ".

Feel free to prove me wrong, because for all its faults, AF does have a lot of merits, paticularly Pacheco's art, which practically carried the story.

8/23/2005 07:52:00 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Neil - well, I didn't know all the references, and I still liked it, but I see your point. As I mentioned, this is a "comic about comics" that only true comics geeks would probably like - it's definitely not for everyone, especially casual Marvel or comics readers. However, I felt it went a long way toward cleaning up some continuity WITHOUT resorting to a "Crisis" type event, which Busiek is really good at. As for the story ... well, if you don't like it, that's fine, but I think that it had big ramifications for the rest of the Marvel U, and I'm surprised Marvel didn't do more with it.

8/23/2005 10:28:00 PM  

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