Spanning: Avengers #500-503
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Date of Publication: September – December 2004
Cover Price: $2.25-3.50
Creative Team: Brian Michael Bendis, David Finch, Danny Miki, Tom Brevoort
Avengers: Disassembled is a strange thing. I’ve met people who love it and people who hate it. But love it or hate it, it’s undeniably a turning point for the Marvel Universe. This is the event that started the series of events that lead to Siege and the new status quo for the Marvel Universe, and it marks the start of Bendis’ reign over the major events of the universe. In case you haven’t read any Marvel books since then, it’s the story of how the Scarlet Witch, after becoming unhinged at the loss of her children, dismantles the Avengers through a series of strange, and lethal, occurrences. It starts when Jack of Hearts shows up, even though he’s dead, and explodes, killing Scott Lang(Ant Man), then Vision crashes a quinjet into the mansion and unleashes dozens of Ultrons, and things get crazier from there, capping with a Kree invasion. All of which is happening because of the Scarlet Witch. To me, the entire set up and story seems a bit abrupt, even though it spans 4 issues, 2 of which are extra-sized. Even though it’s a lot of story crammed into one arc, it’s still a fairly decent read, and since it started pretty much all of the changes that have happened in the past 6 or 7 years, it’s a good place to start. The art is solid, too, as I don’t think The Avengers have looked nicer since I started reading them.
And that’s what i have for this week. Don’t forget to check out By Odin’s Beard for more of my thoughts on comics, and leave me a message in the comments if you want to talk about this storyline, or any others you think I should look at!