Published on April 27th, 2012 | by Mike Harding0
Mikey’s Library Hotpicks: Avengers Assemble!!
Hi there, well it was obvious really wasnt it? There was no way this week could finish without an Avengers themed Library review. But, as always, there’s a twist, both books this week are for the kiddywinks. Having said that, both books are pretty good reads for adults, and are nice quick reads.
The first book this week is Captain America and the Korvac Saga, written by the awesome named Ben McCool, and illustrated by Craig Rousseau it reprints the Marvel Adventures series released back in late 2010 it is a retelling of the classic Avengers story.
The book focuses on Captain america, who encounters the villain named Michael (aren’t they all). During his battle he is joined by the time travelling heroes the Guardians of the Galaxy. Michael escapes and so Cap blindly follows him into the future. From there on in it gets fun, as we watch Cap work through the future in order to save the day, and find his way home.
Also included in this book is Avengers #167, in which the Avengers team of that time (including beast) encounter the Guardians of the Galaxy for the first time. Obviously the inevitable fight ensues, before they realise they are all actually on the same side. Meanwhile a mysterious man meets an enigmatic woman.
Overall this is a great read, for both kids and adults, the kids will enjoy the story, whilst adults will enjoy a new take on an old classic.
The second book this week is Thor and the Avengers. Now this is a misleading title, I was expecting a long Thor story, but instead we get lots of different stories featuring various Avengers. Now all the stories are good, although they are more comical due to them being aimed at kids. The Thor story is good, then we get Ant Man, Dr Strange, and two Captain America stories.
Considering the books main character is meant to be Thor, it is actually Ant Man, and Dr Strange’s stories that are the best in the book. The Ant man story has a supporting cast of talking ants, which is a brilliant idea that I’m gutted I never thought of. The Dr Strange story features Dormammu! ruler of the dark dimension (sorry it appears this is indeed his full name). The story is hilarious, and has Dr Strange and his young, trendy sidekick Jason Wong (I know, its sacrilege) accidentally releasing the villain into the universe, only to find that he has a contract with the ancient one that limits his use of power (one example is no spell casting dressed as a Japanese school girl).
Adults will love this book, kids may be a bit mystified at some of the stories, but one thing is for sure, it’s a very quick read.
Well that’s it for this week, you’ll enjoy these books, but not as much as the Avengers movie that I saw twice in a day on its opening day (don’t ask why)