Review by: sitara119
Story by Tom DeFalco
Art by Ron Frenz & Steve Buscema
Colors by Nick Filardi
Letters by Chris Eliopolous
Cover by Lee Weeks & Andy Troy

Size: 0 pages
Price: 2.99

first of all, what a nice cover. i haven’t seen anything by lee weeks since daredevil in the 90s. i really like his hulk.

now, i got this mostly because of the creative team, whom i haven’t seen for a while. DeFalco, Frenz, Buscema and the aforementioned cover artist. mostly frenz. lota fond memories of him and defalco on Amazing Spider-Man right after secret wars when spidey came back to earth with the symbiote costume. one of the best spidey runs EVER.

anyway, the main appeal of this book is that it is a throw-back to the 60s era when bad guys proclaimed their name and title like every other sentence, good guys like giant man ended statements with puns like “…or you’ll have a BIG problem!”, inner monologue that commentates the play by play of what that individual is doing and everyone talks their asses off during fights.

the story takes place between issues 7-14 of vol 1 of the Avengers and the feel of the book intentionally gives the impression that it was created during that time period. simple and to the point action, bright colors with black and white characters(except hulk) and a nostalgia that takes me back to my youth. the same feeling i get when i find a 60s or 70s gem in the cheap back-issue bins(ah, the smell). it’s like finding a rare antique of pop culture from a time when the genre’s storytelling was much simpler. pure even. comics have certainly come a long way since then. certainly for the better, but sometimes it’s nice to look back to see where we came from.

if you can appreciate a classic style of creating comics, then you might want to pick this up. the kid in me loved this. Hulk smash Avengers is going to be a fun 5part series with a cool, retro vibe to it.

Story: 3 - Good
Art: 4 - Very Good


  1. I agree. Very fun. Decidedly old-school. Good stuff.

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