MAGAZINE REVIEW: Marvel’s Mightiest Heroes

Official blurb: “Welcome to Marvel’s Mightiest Heroes, the definitive graphic novel collection bringing you all the most iconic and influential Marvel heroes from the past 50 years. Each novel focuses on one character or team providing all their background information, their timeline and exclusive bonus strips including their most significant story arcs or their first appearances. From Spidey to Wolverine, from The Avengers to X-Men and everyone in between we hope you enjoy this incredible collection.

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When I saw the TV advert for this, I was a little cynical, as it seemed that it wasn’t more than a year ago that Marvel Graphic Novel Collection from Hatchette was released (2012 actually). That series was story line centric, so each volume was dedicated to a specific novel such as Single Green Female, Civil War or Avengers Assembled, which then contained notes regarding the history / creation of that specific story.

This second series from Hachette Partworks focuses on a different heroic Marvel character. As before, the books build up a panoramic picture on the spine, this time by artist Adi Granov. This first issue is The Avengers (£1.99), and contains the stories Ultron Unlimited (Avengers Vol 3 #0 and #19-22) and The Coming Of The Avengers (Avengers Vol 1 #1) – future issues will feature Spider-Man, Wolverine, Hulk, Hawkeye & Jean Grey. As before subscriptions options are available, at £10 per fortnight. It’s worth noting that the previous collection ran to 60 issues, so this is a £580 collection…

So to this first issue: I already have The Coming Of The Avengers, what with its primitive artwork and dialogue, but it is a piece of history. Ultron Unlimited is a great story though – Ultron gives himself a new adamantium body and recreates all previous Ultron bodies (and quite literally, hundreds of new ones) and reprogrammed them all with fiercely loyal minds. This new model army of Ultrons fully obliterates and occupies the (fictional) Eastern European nation of Slorenia, but when he then kidnaps Hank Pym, the Vision, Scarlet Witch, the Wasp, Wonder Man and the Grim Reaper so that he can use their brain patterns to populate a new generation of robots, the remaining Avengers must band together with a UN military force and retake the country. A brilliantly written story with some amazing artwork that is literally a colour onslaught on the eyes at times. And speaking of onslaught, this Ultron plan is one of the best… multiple Ultrons – all identical; although it needs to be said, the hidden gem in the story is in fact the robot Alkhema, who Ultron created and bestowed with the brainwaves of Mockingbird.

Also included in this volume is a terrific potted history of the Avengers – their changing names, leaderships and line-up throughout the years, as well as some of the key story milestones – it makes for a very good read!

I collected 20 or so volumes of Marvel Graphic Novel Collection, mostly which I bought of eBay at varying prices below the £10 ASP, and mostly brand new or “read once”… but then I realised I wasn’t reading them all. I may add to that collection with volumes of Marvel’s Mightiest Heroes, as they are the same size (but obviously the spine artwork won’t match), as there are a few stories that I’d still like to collect… but I won’t be building up the whole collection.

GS Rating: 3.5/5

Source: Hatchette Partworks

GS Reviewer: SilverFox

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One comment

  1. I’m collecting them too but i’ve decided to only get the ones I really want as I can just buy the new encyclopedia coming 2014 to learn about all the charecters without having to spend a lot of money!

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