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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US (27 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785167978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785167976
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 0.6 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Two scientists, two giant egos. One wears a tank...one is a tank. Tony Stark and Bruce Banner are science bros! And when a fellow big-brain goes missing, the two heroes take bets who can find him first! It's Amazing Race, Avengers-style, as Iron Man and Hulk embark on a global manhunt with the ultimate prize at stake...bragging rights! But what happens when a 20 million-year-old evolutionary catalyst infects the Hulk? The Avengers must find the missing scientist before he and his Order of the Dragon unleash his bacteria on the entire world! Plus: the Black Widow's sins have resurfaced! Widow, Spider-Woman and Hawkeye travel to Siberia to search for a missing girl with ties to an old Soviet assassination. But the truth behind this girl's disappearance may be more than the Avengers are prepared to handle! COLLECTING: Avengers Assemble 9-13, Annual 1


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The story running through issues #9-13 of Avengers Assemble is collected, along with Annual #1, as Avengers Assemble: Science Bros (Marvel Now). This is the `fun' Avengers title, harking back to the `good old days' when you could save the world from appalling menaces and still have fun doing it. Here we have an appalling menace rearing its head from an under-ice Antarctic lake, leading to a bet between Tony Stark and Bruce Banner as to who can find a missing scientist first and solve the mystery. In a race against time, they each have to recruit an Avengers team, track down the answer to the mystery, and save the world from an appalling fate, the loser having to walk naked from the Avengers Tower to the Baxter Building and back. Captains America and Marvel are the umpires. Why can't you have fun while doing all that, and uncovering a new mysterious villain with a super-secret underground base hidden inside a mountain in China at the same time? We certainly do. And the story is just as valid as the Serious Avengers teams over in the Uncannily Serious Avengers and the New Serious Avengers. The Annual is not so light-hearted, as the Vision takes centre-stage, questioning his treatment by the Avengers since his `demise', just as Sunturion decides to destroy Roxxon when it decides he is no longer economically viable. There are many lessons to be learnt by the main characters in this story, not all of whom prove to be as receptive as the Vision. It does, once more, feel like one of those stories from the Good Old Days...
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By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Nov. 2014
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I’ll just say it: I’m not a fan of Kelly Sue DeConnick’s writing. I tried her Captain Marvel and didn’t like it; Pretty Deadly was full of unrealised potential that divulged into a turgid mess; and one issue of Ghost was enough. So I was REALLY surprised when I picked up her Avengers book and found myself laughing at the banter and enjoying the book. She surprised me in the best possible way and made me want to give her Captain Marvel another shot.

Here’s what I’ve noticed about modern superhero comics - they split into two camps. You either get a good character story or you get a well-plotted story. The great books are the ones that have both but the good ones usually do one or the other, while the weaker ones do crap versions of those types while the awful ones achieve neither.

So for example, good character books are Gillen/McKelvie’s Young Avengers or Fraction/Aja’s Hawkeye where you don’t mind what the story is because you love the characters. Good story books are like Soule/Pulido’s She Hulk or Ellis/Shalvey’s Moon Knight where the plot captivates you more than the characters. The truly great ones are books like Slott/Various Artists’ Superior Spider-Man which has a great central character you want to read more of AND a fantastic absorbing plot.

ANYWAY: Avengers Assemble is a good character book - the plot’s not important, it’s just something for the characters to be doing while they’re riffing. The first arc concerns a Chinese villain called Yun Guang Han who wants to create an unstoppable army of super soldiers or something. The second sees an outbreak of lizard people amidst the youth of Siberia. Meh.

But the character stuff is wonderful.
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This is great fun, just like comic books used to be but with a higher maturity rating and better art.
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I honestly don't remember ever enjoying any book as much as I enjoyed Science Bros. I immediately recognized the term since Tony Stark/Bruce Banner were collectively called Science Bros after Avengers became a massive hit and both of these characters stole the limelight. The comic itself encapsulated everything which made the movie so much fun. I can not recommend this enough to Marvel readers, especially fans of the movie!
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HASH(0xa002ff30) out of 5 stars Great job, KSD! 1 Nov. 2014
By Sam Quixote - Published on Amazon.com
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I’ll just say it: I’m not a fan of Kelly Sue DeConnick’s writing. I tried her Captain Marvel and didn’t like it; Pretty Deadly was full of unrealised potential that divulged into a turgid mess; and one issue of Ghost was enough. So I was REALLY surprised when I picked up her Avengers book and found myself laughing at the banter and enjoying the book. She surprised me in the best possible way and made me want to give her Captain Marvel another shot.

Here’s what I’ve noticed about modern superhero comics - they split into two camps. You either get a good character story or you get a well-plotted story. The great books are the ones that have both but the good ones usually do one or the other, while the weaker ones do crap versions of those types while the awful ones achieve neither.

So for example, good character books are Gillen/McKelvie’s Young Avengers or Fraction/Aja’s Hawkeye where you don’t mind what the story is because you love the characters. Good story books are like Soule/Pulido’s She Hulk or Ellis/Shalvey’s Moon Knight where the plot captivates you more than the characters. The truly great ones are books like Slott/Various Artists’ Superior Spider-Man which has a great central character you want to read more of AND a fantastic absorbing plot.

ANYWAY: Avengers Assemble is a good character book - the plot’s not important, it’s just something for the characters to be doing while they’re riffing. The first arc concerns a Chinese villain called Yun Guang Han who wants to create an unstoppable army of super soldiers or something. The second sees an outbreak of lizard people amidst the youth of Siberia. Meh.

But the character stuff is wonderful. Like Banner and Stark arguing over who’s got the better scientific morals/approach, leading to a bizarre bet where the stakes are walking through Manhattan in your birthday suit. And Jessica Drew aka Spider-Woman’s face when she uses her pheromones to get Hulk to make her a sandwich: “Huuuuuuuulk, make me a saaaandwiiich!” (as if she eats carbs!). Then her face when she sees what a Hulk sandwich looks like! By the way, this is all just five pages though it’s representative of DeConnick’s work on this book as a whole.

There’s even a bit where Jessica and Hulk are in the Arctic and she says she’s cold so Hulk puts his hand over her face which warms her up. Same thing happened on the set of The Princess Bride when Robin Wright told Andre the Giant she was cold so he put his massive hand over her head!

One other detail I liked which was unexpected was the appearance of the classic Cap outfit. Nowadays his outfit looks like the one Chris Evans wears in The Winter Soldier movie - very modern, practical, etc. But I miss the old Cap with the blue chainmail scales, the wings sticking out on the sides of his mask and the corsair boots. Well, he’s got them in this book - woohoo! And he has an awesome aerial battle too.

I won’t mention every little thing I liked about this book but DeConnick’s character voices are highly entertaining to read - she does ensemble stories better than individual characters like Captain Marvel.

The one writer who does live up to the lowest expectations is Christos Gage whose Vision story that closes out the book was totally pants. It’s the same cliched “scientist has crap life and goes batty with superpowers” thing that’s been done to death for decades. I suppose the last couple panels are cool but everything that preceded it was 100% Gage-certified crapness.

If you’re like me and don’t think much of Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Captain Marvel or Pretty Deadly and you’re willing to give her another chance, check out Science Bros - it’s an eye opener! Definitely one of the funniest Marvel books I’ve read this year, DeConnick proves she can write the hell out of an Avengers book. Get rid of Jonathan Hickman and put her in charge of the title, Marvel!!
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HASH(0x9caaf6f0) out of 5 stars so it didn’t really matter if it was any good or not 19 Oct. 2014
By N. Beitler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Title: Avengers Assemble Vol 2: Science Bros
Publisher: Marvel
Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick, Christos Gage
Artists: Stefano Caselli, Pete Woods, Tomm Coker (pencils), Scott Hanna, Mike Mayhew, Mike Deodato, Luke Ross, Valentine DeLandro (inks), Rain Beredo, Daniel Freedman (colors)
Collects: Avengers Assemble #9-13, Annual #1
Price: $16.99

Kelly Sue DeConnick has slowly been making a name for herself as a leading female writer in comics. When I heard she was going to be taking over this title as the writer, I have to admit I was skeptical. I figured that this title was basically launched as a short-term money maker that coincided with the release of the Avengers movie by using the same cast of characters shown in the movie. I also figured it would probably not run for more than a year before being kicked to the curb, so it didn’t really matter if it was any good or not. So, heh, why not stick a female writer on the title for the sake of diversity? If she blows it, it’s no big deal because it’s a short-term gig anyway, right? Well, now that I’ve read DeConnick’s work, I have to say that I was wrong in my thinking. She can definitely hold her own, as a write, and I’d be happy to try other titles written by her.

This book is a compilation of several short stories. The first is an Avengers story about a wager between Tony Stark and Bruce Banner. That story starts off light-hearted but quickly turns serious and dangerous. The second story is a tale of Black Widow, who is joined by Hawkeye and Spider Woman on a mission of reparation to the family of one of her past assassination targets. The last story in the book is centered on The Vision. This last story is the shortest and is probably my favorite of the three. In this story, Vision empathizes with an opponent and “talks him off the ledge,” while at the same time evaluating his own feeling about his teammates and friends. While The Vision has never been a favorite character of mine, this is the best story of the character I have ever read, and I have to give props to Gage for crafting a story that made me like the character more than I had, previously.

Art of the book is a mixed bag, because each of the three stories is illustrated by a different artists. None of the art is bad or even below average, though the last story is the least pretty. Still, it really didn’t matter to me how the stories looked, here, as the real strength of the book is in the writing, and good story always trumps artwork in my book. Overall, the book was a pleasant surprise that really exceeded my expectations. If, like me, you’ve passed it by thinking similar thoughts as myself, it might be time to give it a closer look.

Writing: 8/10
Artwork: 7/10
Cool Factor: 7/10
Value: 7/10

Overall: 7.25/10
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9beb8024) out of 5 stars The Stark & Banner bromance comes to the comics.. 5 Jun. 2014
By J'aime - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the second collection of the new “Marvel Now” series, containing issues 9-13 and the annual. The concept of the series was to appeal to fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The characters are modeled more on their film counterparts, but the storylines still remain within the Marvel (comic) Universe continuity. I thought the first volume was a lot of fun, but this one takes that to a new level.

One of the things many fans of The Avengers film loved was the budding friendship between Stark and Banner, the “Science Bros.” Stark accepted Banner as is, and wasn't afraid of him (whether that was wise remains to be seen!). This first half of this volume provides a showcase for that bromance. A scientist has gone missing at an arctic facility and Stark makes a bet that his team will beat Banner’s to finding him. So Hulk and Spider-woman pair up against Iron Man and Thor. The story takes a darker turn that requires the assistance of Captains Marvel and America. This story finally had the tension that was missing from volume one of the series, plus some character development. The story was well done, and I LOVED the ending!

The second half is split between a story of Black Widow responding to a debt marker with the “help” of Spider-woman and Hawkeye and The Vision. This first story nicely balances the darkness of Black Widow’s past, she is atoning for assassinating a scientist, against the bickering/bantering of her two colleagues. The tales hints at what readers can expect from Black Widow’s solo series (which is awesome!). The second story sees Iron Man and Vision trying to help “Sunturion” who is dying and possibly losing his mind – and subsequently control of his powers. Mainly this is a tale of self-discovery for Vision who is somewhat lost after having finally been revived by The Avengers (he was destroyed during the Disassembled event). I’m not a huge fan of his character, but this had some good emotional beats.

Overall, I liked this volume even more than the first and can’t wait to read more. Highly recommended!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c6e04b0) out of 5 stars "Science Bros"+Kelly Sue Deconnick=Awesome 17 Oct. 2013
By deadnotsleeping - Published on Amazon.com
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This volume gets 5 stars in my book just for the three issue Science Bros arc, which is one of the most entertaining stories I've read in comics in a long time. I'm really enjoying "Captain Marvel," also by Kelly Sue Deconnick, so I was really excited when she took over this title. Though the Science Bros arc was my favorite part of this book, every issue collected here is interesting too. While this series isn't really as dramatic as many of the other Avengers titles out right now, to me, that's actually an advantage. I like that "Avengers Assemble" seems to focus more on individual characters and their problems, rather than always being about who's trying to take over earth this week. So, if you love Science Bros, Kelly Sue, the Avengers, or all of the above, check out this excellent book!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c17d510) out of 5 stars Outstandingly fun 12 Oct. 2013
By Nemo - Published on Amazon.com
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Spider-Woman and The Hulk are a match made in heaven and combined they form...Team Sad! Varies from hilarious to action packed to deep and thoughtful. A great book!
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