This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast, the crew takes a look at Marvel’s Avengers Forever.

The character Immortus sends his servant Tempus to kill an apparently critically ill Rick Jones, the possessor of the ‘Destiny Force’, a powerful ability utilized during the Kree-Skrull War storyline.[2] Rick, however, is saved by the alien Kree Supreme Intelligence, who urges him to use the Destiny Force to summon aid. With the help of former Zodiac member Libra, Rick pulls various members of the superhero team Avengers from the past, present and future.

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7 Comments

  1. I loved this story. Busiek incorporates all the elements that I love about the Avengers, the way he handles the characters has not been seen in a long time, you can really tell he has a love for them. I had vague knowledge about the Nixon era Cap’ but Kurt’s depiction of the broken, disillusioned soldier out of time is a great treat. The linework by Pacheco is amazing, without his him I don’t know if the whole package would have been as great as it was. Like in chapter 10 when he depicts the Guardians of the Galaxy.

    Overall this comic was fun, without delving into the “grim” side of things. Busiek knows how to mine the best parts of the comic book history and Avengers Forever shows how well he does it. To borrow a rating system, I give this 5 out of 5 slices of Meatloaf.

  2. Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy! This series is my favorite comic of all time, followed closely by DC: New Frontier. This was the story that truly made me an Avengers fan. I loved the very involved continuity of the team, with its multiple contradictions and complicated relationships. Shortly after this, I subscribed to the regular title, which at the time was Busiek and Perez, which only cemented my love for the team. Pacheco’s work is indeed beautiful, with him drawing probably my favorite version of Hawkeye.
    It is a shame they don’t do comics like this anymore, esspecially considering how little time has passed since it was published. I’m still waiting for Songbird to be a damn Avenger!

  3. Btw, I always felt it would be cool, if Marvel ever did another Doctor Who series, if the 8th Doctor took a young Kang the Conqueror as his companion. Put some kind of inhibitor collar on him. Let him be one of the Doctor’s failures.

  4. I read this early in my personal comic history. Reading this blew me away. Seeing Captain America as indecisive and the Wasp stepping up was great. People sometimes forget that she was always more than Pym’s punching bag. (Crap On Pym). Seeing both Pyms play off each other was also fun. However, the part I love the most was when the team was transported to the future and saw their icons perverted by the Terren Empire. Brilliant.

    My only complaint is that the series seemed like a soft retcon for Tony Stark being a d-bag in the past. Seems he needs a great many of those over the years. To shamelessly copy Larry King’s borrowed rating system – 4 out of 5 slices of meatloaf

  5. Everyone’s correct, this was a terrific series – complex yet easy to follow plot, continuity used as story fodder rather than porn, fantastic mix of characters, crackling script, dazzling artwork, wonderful package design … all in all, it’s Marvel storytelling at its best.

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