THE AVENGERS INITIATIVE

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I know I’ve stopped reading Avengers for this blog, having read every single issue up through the Civil War, but I thought a good “post script” on my “Every Panel of the Avengers” series would be a note about Dan Slott and Christos Gage’s great series Avengers: Initiative.

The book was underrated–written off my many, including me, as a fully dispensable book that existed solely to support the post-Civil War/Dark Reign period.  That was a mistake.  In fact, the book served as a great transition from Tony Stark to Harry Osborn’s periods as head of SHIELD.

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The book took a realistic approach to training superheroes, with paramilitary education formal basic training.  One wonders why The Avengers never did something like this sooner?

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Real Dan Slott fans know that he did a similar thing with Spider-Man, after he lost his spidey-sense–having the character train with Shang Chi.

The book also gave us Tigra’s baby–a character that Marvel hasn’t done enough to develop.

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In fact, one of the hardest things to do in comics–especially Marvel/DC comics–is to introduce new characters.  But this book did so throughout it’s run, as well as reviving a lot of esoteric, unused Marvel characters.  Check ’em out:
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RIP to a great series.

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