THE 1972 SECRET AVENGERS, AND A BRIEF ESSAY ON THE STATE OF THE AVENGERS COMIC BOOK FRANCHISE

Except for a brief run by Warren Ellis, Marvel’s Secret Avengers book has always … sucked. But as a tie-in to their current “Original Sin” event, the Secret Avengers are going to appear in Mighty Avengers. “Mighty,” aka “the black Avengers,” is probably the most fun Avengers book on the market, and the most in line with what the book has always been about up until Brian Michael Bendis abandoned the title. From its inception through the 2000s, all of the Avengers titles (New, Mighty, Dark, etc.) were about fun: Getting a whole mess of heroes together and letting them rip it up and interact. Recently, though, at the hands of Hickman and Remender, the titles have become cosmic, complex and humorless. This has infected all the spin-offs as well, except one. Al Ewing’s work on Mighty Avengers has had the right tone, the right balance of drama, melodrama, and character-based interaction, and, most of all, the right combination of powerful and less powerful, street and super. So when I learned he’s be telling a tale of a 1972 Avengers team, I immediately double checked my pull list. I’m hoping for some good old Power Man and Iron Fist stuff…Incidentially, PM&IF is probably the comic I re-read more than any other, except maybe Frank Miller’s Daredevil.

Maybe I should do a feature on Power Man and Iron Fist, reading every issue? I’ve thought about it a lot, but I’m afraid I’ll find the series too dated. What do you all think?

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