- Posted by Johanna on May 24, 2007 at 9:21 pm
- Category: Comic News
This headline sums up for me the problems with the superhero genre:
Stan Lee Assembles The Avengers Again For The First Time!
(Also the problems most people have with true title case, but that’s just me.)
“Again for the first time” is an oxymoron. It’s an attempt to manufacture nostalgia, to promise increasingly aged readers the feeling of being a kid again… it’s a fool’s game, and no one will be satisfied by it, even with the highest hopes and the best intentions.
What this really is is a way to sell reprints in yet another format (after the hardcovers, softcovers, and DVD-ROMs). At $4 for 48 pages, you get a reprint (of something most of the target readers already own at least once) and two original backup tales. One is by Dwayne McDuffie and painter Michael Avon Oeming, the other by Stan Lee and Kevin Maguire.
Nice creative choices, but boy, they trucked out all the catchphrases (many of which are four decades old) for this one:
That’s right, True Believer, Stan “The Man” Lee is back with a brand new Avengers tale about how the Avengers really got together, featuring the art of fan favorite Kevin Maguire, in June’s Avengers Classic #1.