Saturday, July 4, 2015

Avengerous Tales 1.38 - 1960s Retrospective

Well, nerds and nerdlings, I can’t believe I’ve made it this far, but I have officially reviewed every single issue of The Avengers that was published in the 1960s.  We’ve come a long way, and to celebrate, I decided to take a brief respite before jumping into the sensational ‘70s and take a look back at what we’ve read so far.  After rereading all of my Avengerous Tales reviews (I am hilarious, I must say), I just want to share a few thoughts about the Avengers’ first six years of existence.

***Because this retrospective covers all previous comics, previous warnings apply.  These include: 

-racism
-racially motivated violence
-physical abuse
-emotional abuse

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Avengerous Tales 1.36 - Avengers #68, Avengers Annual #3, Avengers #69



To read Avengerous Tales 1.35, go here!

We’ve got Sal Buscema, longtime artist for Captain America and The Incredible Hulk (and John Buscema’s brother), on art today.  Dang, the Avengers are going through artists faster than Harry Potter goes through Dark Arts professors.
 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Avengerous Tales 1.34 - Avengers #63-#64


To read Avengerous Tales 1.33, go here!

I don’t know why Hank would continue being Yellowjacket when that’s the identity he took in a weird fit of schizophrenic self-hatred, but those covers are awesome.  Much better than the Random Floating Head covers we’ve been getting lately.

***This review contains a tiny discussion of emotional abuse, so if that bothers you, skip the paragraph after I start swearing up a storm.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Avengerous Tales 1.33 - Avengers #61-#62


To read Avengerous Tales 1.32, go here!

A quick pit stop at Dr. Strange #178 before we begin today’s tale:

With his dying breath, the villain Asmodeus utters a spell that will cause the fire giant Surtur and the frost/ice giant Ymir (whom you may recognize from both Norse mythology and Thor comics) to come wreak havoc on Earth in one hour.  The only people who know how to break that spell are the Sons of Satannish, who are being held prisoner in the sixth dimension by a jerk named Tiboro.  Strange doesn’t really want to go there alone, so he tracks down our old pal the Black Knight—whose sword contains mystical properties—and enlists him as a road trip buddy.

And everything seems to go great.  Dr. Strange and the Black Knight defeat Tiboro, who agrees to release the Sons of Satannish.  Problem solved, right?  Well…
 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Avengerous Tales 1.32 - Avengers #59-#60


 
 
To read Avengerous Tales 1.31, go here! 

Hey kids, remember when this comic thought it was competent enough to have a discussion about racism?  Remember how well that went?  Well today they’re going to try to tackle mental illness!  Won’t that be fun?!!

***This review contains depictions and extensive discussions of emotional and physical abuse, a couple of brief scenes that could be interpreted as attempted sexual assault, and gross misrepresentation of schizophrenia.  If you’d prefer to avoid that, feel free to enjoy some adorable fanart while slamming canon’s fingers in the door.  Actually, you’ll probably want to do that anyway.