Avengers 1959 #1

Avengers 1959 #1

Writer: Howard Chaykin Artist: Howard Chaykin Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 5, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 8
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EXPLODING FROM THE PAGES OF NEW AVENGERS… It’s the tail end of the fabulous fifties. NICK FURY and his AVENGERS roar into their secret mission, hunting down NAZI SUPER VILLAINS…men and women relentlessly preparing to unleash hell on a troubled world barely holding onto peace…only to find the Avengers have what appears to be serious competition in their manhunt for these escaped ubermenschen…when their mission is suddenly compromised by interference from an unlikely source.

  • 8.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Oct 7, 2011

    It seems likely that the concept of the self-contained miniseries will eventually be the first permanent casualty of declining comics readership, since without the need to “keep up” with happenings in the rest of the Marvel U, a reader might as well wait for the trade version of a story like this. That said, this comic does an exceptional job of packing the first “set-up” issue of this mini with great colorful comic book fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Oct 5, 2011

    When I reviewed one of the New Avengers issue with this group of 'Avengers' from 1959, I stated that I would absolutely love to see more. That's what we get here. This is a team that isn't a team. Most of them can't stand each other and they are only in it for the money. Seeing what could possibly bring the team back together is what will make this an enjoyable series. I'm not the biggest Howard Chaykin fan in regards to his art but the story hooks you in and his style fits the mood of the time period. I'm still a little hesitant with the team calling themselves 'Avengers' years before the Avengers we know formed. But bring on the secret action that we never knew happened before. Something big is happening for the team to need to get back together and you know the action is going to get intense. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Meylikhov Oct 7, 2011

    Is that enough to recommend the book? Not entirely. If you like the Avengers and you like Howard Chaykin, yes, absolutely read Avengers 1959. It's not ostensibly connected to anything outside of finding it's roots in New Avengers, but if you have even the slightest of knowledge about the Marvel Universe then you don't need to read that first story, just hop in now. It's always nice to get a story that isn't over encumbered with the milieu of history preceding it, but if you're given some sort of dilemma in which you have to ask yourself whether to feed yourself or buy one more comic, just buy yourself dinner. Avengers 1959 will be there for you in trade some day. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - The Firing Squad Oct 9, 2011

    The dudes are by definition badass in Chaykin's noir-ish period, and the femmes are usually fatales. The first scary sequence is when Fury has to defend himself from a samurai streetwalker. She ends up impaled on a pointy parking sign. The second is when Dominic Fortune has to push his date and himself out of his airplane because it's getting strafed. They're both wearing nightgowns. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Oct 9, 2011

    "Avengers 1959" #1 delivers on everything that fans of Howard Chaykin would want: a simple, straight forward story with fantastic storytelling and line work. When the 1959 Avengers team showed up in "New Avengers," the idea was too good to let rest and, thankfully, Marvel thought so, too. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Oct 9, 2011

    The dudes are by definition badass in Chaykin's noir-ish period, and the femmes are usually fatales. The first scary sequence is when Fury has to defend himself from a samurai streetwalker. She ends up impaled on a pointy parking sign. The second is when Dominic Fortune has to push his date and himself out of his airplane because it's getting strafed. They're both wearing nightgowns. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Oct 8, 2011

    OK, now I'm being picky. But I have to think Chaykin was having an off day when he tackled this issue. No doubt it'll pick up from here - but the series is off to a shaky start. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    IGN - Joey Esposito Oct 6, 2011

    Chaykin's art also continues to be ill fitted for superhero comics, offering disgustingly bloated faces and his patented thick, scratchy lines that are subjected to Jesus Aburtov's glossy colors. The mixture of styles really doesn't work, instead making the art extremely muddy, obscuring any detail or sense of movement. One bright spot comes in Chaykin's backgrounds, particularly those of the city streets. The smaller details are appreciated, and the glowing hue of city life is brought to fruition by Aburtov in stunning fashion. Unfortunately, that's the only real bright spot in another wise lackluster book. Perhaps in issue #2 we'll get an idea of the meaning of this story, or even the point of it. Read Full Review

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