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This is how superhero stories should be told! It is easy to see why this storyline by Steve Englehart and George Perez is a classic. This is actually a two-front story done as one, epic tale. One one had hand, the Avengers, led by two of their big guns, Captain America and Iron Man, led a powerful line-up of the Vision and Scarlet Witch, and two potential recruits in Hellcat and Beast against the greatest superheroes of another world, the Squadron Supreme, while contesting at the same time, the
Steve Englehart’s last major arc on Avengers was a strong swan song for the writer. He brought Captain America back full-time and picked up on threads from Cap and Beast’s solo adventures that positioned Avengers at the center of the Marvel Universe. Thor, Moondragon and Hawkeye’s clash with Kang in the past was effectively contrasted against the rest of the team crossing over to the Squadron Supereme’s world to deal with the powerful Serpent Crown menace. Everyone reunited for the final battle
The Serpent Crown Saga is something that I think is best remembered than reread. It doesn’t exactly hold up as well as I had hoped. The dialogue is as hokey as expected and the plot is utterly crazy but its still fun to read. The best part is seeing the legend George Perez penciling his first Avengers pages. Overall its fun to flip through but maybe not to completely read.
Great comic storytelling, etc., blah blah - not that that's anything to take for granted. What sets this apart: Hawkeye's nonchalant "we did our thing" description of his one-on-one fight with Kang that leads to him tripping back in time; Thor's penetrating diagnosis of Kang's type A personality, delivered as he beats the tar out of him; the revisionist history of the Patsy/Buzz romance, which began in an actual romance comic and goes sour here in a darker yet still technicolor world; Englehart'...
Mediocre collection of a passable story. The George Perez pencils are not quite up to par with some of the other artists that had been drawing the Avengers at the time. One memorable thing: this collection features Patsy Walker as Hellcat. I think the reason for making this character a super hero is because they happened to have the costume lying around. Gotta love that comic book logic.
3.5 StarsA little too much going on plotwise for me to call this great, but I did enjoy it and would recommend it to any fan of early Avengers. I probably could have done without the Hawkeye plotline as much as it works on its own; the idea of a Serpent Crown of evil is far more interesting to me. Will probably reread when I have more Avengers context.
I love Bronze age Avengers more than any other era of the team and this was a great story arc! Admittedly the following arcs are better and less clunky than this story but it was enjoyable none the less. Beast Joins the team and Hellcat makes her inspired debut!! Overall, a necessary read!
Englehart's best issues, and not just because George Perez is penciling them. He manages to have multiple plots ongoing, without the series feeling bogged down or convoluted, and all of the plots are interesting. It's a shame he didn't get to do more on the main title after this.
George Perez's artwork manages to uplift an otherwise unremarkable chapter in superhero lore.
This comic is very fantastic.
Nunca he sido un gran fan de los vengadores, pero estas aventuras de las distintas épocas de la colección en los 70 suelen gustarme mucho, el problema es que no son historias precisamente pensadas para leer sueltas, lo ideal es empezar en algún punto y seguir hacia adelante hasta que te canses.Este arco evidencia este tipo de problemas inherentes a esta y otras colecciones de marvel de los 70 y 80, en el mismo tomo te están contando dos historias que en realidad tampoco es que empiecen aquí, y a...
Por dibujo me daría 4 estrellas pero el guión aunque esta bastante bien flojea en algunos números y al final me ha condicionado para valorar el cómic en 3 estrellas.Hace unos meses leí en un blog, al hilo de la vuelta de conan a marvel, que no sería imposible que viéramos al cimerio en el MCU. Los más novatos en esto de las películas de Superheroes flipaban con la locura pero quienes hemos leído unos pocos cómics sabemos que cosas más raras se han visto. Este cómic es un buen ejemplo de ello. En...
The Serpent Crown (141-144, 147-149). This sequence of issues is a horrible mishmash. It's got Kang, Immortus, a trip to the past, the appearance of Hellcat, two fights against Brand, and a trip to the Squadron Supreme's Earth. Much of that running in parallel. I'm not convinced that author Engelhart had any idea of where he was going, and it sort of shows, particularly in the murky connections between the Squadron Supreme and Brand.With that said, it's a wonderful mishmash too. Though they mean...
Englehart estaba en su mejor momento en 1976. Apenas con una anécdota sencilla, simplona a ojos modernos, y de resolución efectista y facilona, se da el lujo de meter ideas frescas y jugadas en boca de sus personajes. La postura política abierta, la lucha contra corporaciones que controlan todo, las dudas sobre la propia condición, la búsqueda de un lugar en el mundo, un rol que jugar, traumas que superar y, sobretodo, el dejar en claro que dichas preguntas no tienen una sola respuesta y que, mu...
This volume collects issues #141–144 and #147–149, and is written by Steve Englehart. More importantly, however, they feature artwork from the early parts of George Pérez' outstanding career. True, these particular pages does not represent Pérez at the absolute top of his game by any means, but being a fan of his talent it is always fun to see where it all began as it were.The stories are well told, classic supehero adventuring and feature both the Beast's early association with the Avengers and...
Without a doubt, a fun read that made me enjoy old school Avengers all the more. Nowadays comics focus a lot on the dialogue, but Englehart got right to the point and sprung the Avengers into action pretty much from the get go, which I liked. I also liked the combination of the western, sci-fi, and fantasy genres, which didn't seem forced or unbalanced. The villains were your typical off-the-wall '70s villains, but they suited the story. I'd say pick this one up if you're looking to check out so...
This is a terrific story with characters that I just love even more than I did before. The artwork is early George Perez, and is a little less polished than the Perez we're used to. But even in these early days, the promise of greatness is there.For myself, being the freak for oddball obscure characters that I am, the real highlight is seeing Patsy Walker and Buzz Baxter.This is certainly a gem in Marvel history.
This isn't a reinvention of the wheel or anything, just some good, solid superhero adventures. It was a neat touch to integrate the Western heroes into the Marvel Universe, and this also paved the way for the Squadron Supreme being recast as heroes. Plus, where else can you get an alternate-universe President Nelson Rockefeller as a villain?
Una delle migliori saghe di Englehart, con l'arrivo di Wildcat tra le fila dei Vendicatori ma soprattutto di Geroge Perez tra le fila dei disegnatori di questa grande serie. Lo scontro con lo Squadrone Supremo è l'antesignano del grande, atteso per decenni, scontro tra la Justice League e gli Avengers.Merita di essere letto e riletto.
Really old school. I wonder of people will look back on comics of today and think the same thing.
A fairly standard story for the time period. I'm not real sure why this one is collected in particular.