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Avengers: Celestial Madonna TPB Paperback – 1 Apr 2002


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; Gph edition (1 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785108262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785108269
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Indianapolis, he went to Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He studied Psychology because people fascinated him, but in getting his B.A. he learned that psychology didn't describe real people, so he became a writer.

Living the Young Creator's life in New York, he got to be drinking buddies with an editorial assistant at Marvel Comics. One night the e.a. called to say he was going on vacation for six weeks; would Steve like to fill in for him on staff? Steve would, and once in the door at what was then a very small operation, he got a shot at writing a comic. It was a failing series called Captain America -- but six months later it had become Marvel's leading seller, and Steve had all the work he could handle. He became Marvel's lead writer, adding The Hulk, The Avengers, Thor, Dr. Strange, and half a dozen other series. Then he was hired away by DC Comics to be their lead writer and revamp their core characters (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, and Green Lantern). He did, but also wrote a solo Batman series that readers dubbed the "definitive" version and broke the long-standing barrier between comics readers and the mass market. All comics films since Batman in 1989 stem from that.

After Batman he traveled around Europe for a year and wrote his first novel, The Point Man. Since then he's designed video games for Atari, Activision, Electronic Arts, and others. He's written animation for Street Fighter and G.I. Joe. He's written mid-grade books for Avon, including the DNAgers series, and Countdown to Flight, a biography of the Wright brothers selected by NASA as the basis for their school programs on the invention of the aeroplane. And he's written more comics, like Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer, which led to the San Diego Comic-Con calling him "comics' most successful writer, having had more hits with more characters at more companies than anyone else in comics history." He created The Night Man, which became a live-action television series.

Most recently, The Point Man has engendered a series of novels from Tor, beginning with The Long Man.


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After a portent heralding the awakening of the Celestial Madonna appears, the Avengers vow to protect her against those who would possess her: Kang the Conqueror, Rama-Tut, and Immortus, Lord of Limbo.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Syan on 13 Nov 2003
Format: Paperback
This Graphic Novel is set shortly after the Avengers / Defenders War & chronicles Kang's attempt to discover the identity of the Celestial Madonna (it's either the Scarlet Witch, Mantis, or Agatha Harkness), so that he can take over the universe. This brings him into conflict with the Avengers. It's a fairly complex plot, (much of this story is referred to in the 'Avengers Forever'Graphic Novel), and includes the Vision's connection to the original Human Torch. I remember reading the black & white version of this when I was a kid back in the late seventies, & it was great to revisit my favourite bit, which is when the Avengers are separated and hunted down by Kang's Legion of the Unliving in the catacombs of Immortus.
As it contains art by Sal Buscema, the death of 2 Avengers, & is an important piece of Avengers history I'd recommend this as essential to any Avengers collector.
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Amazon.com: 10 reviews
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
awesome from cover to cover. buy this. 6 Jun 2002
By terrz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This tpb collects Avengers Volume 1 issues 129-135 as well as Giant Sized Avengers issues 2-4. It is filled with origins tales (The Kree, The Cotati, Moondragon, Mantis, The Vision, The Original Human Torch, etc.), and a few good brawls. As another reviewer noted, there are many plot threads going on throughout, but they all converge at the end to form a cohesive whole. There are better Avengers tales out there, but this trade reeks of Marvel History and is necessary for any true Avengers fan. 5...
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
An Enjoyable and Nostalgic Trip 24 April 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
An excellent and nostalgic trip though Avengers past, with stories by Eaglehart and beatiful artwork by Sal Buscema. While centering around the enigmatic character of Mantis, there are numerous pearls in this collection such as the origin of the Vision (and his relationship to a certain fiery android from the Golden Age), as well as origin tales of Moondragon and Mantis. The collection also includes the death of a certain sword-wielding Avenger. The story lines wander and converge, yet in the end all come together in an issue including the weddings of not one, but two Avenger's couples. Numerous villians appear, the central being Kang which of course means lots of cosmic time travelling tales. All in all, an excellent and enjoyable collection for Avengers' fans..
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Don't Get Your Hopes Up 12 Nov 2003
By A. Spieldenner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love the character Mantis (featured on the cover). She was different from the average girlfriend-motif superhero in comics at the time. She could beat up the most powerful Avenger, and still flirt with the whole team. She was confusing and conflicted, and still came through when she was needed. I thought I was going to love this collection.
It was ok.
The stories in this collection are difficult to come by (I had been trying for years). It's a great price to be able to read these stories. But, like other collections of older works, comics from the 40s-70s were meant as disposable monthlies, so the writing tends to be overly expository and a bit contrived. The art is cool though.
Pick it up if you're interested in older Avengers stories. This particular collection holds up better and is more consistent than some of the other Marvel trades of 'classic' works. If you're looking for stories where Mantis gets more action, you'll have to, like me, try to find earlier appearances of the character (unless Marvel decides to put them together).
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
An Enjoyable and Nostalgic Trip 24 April 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
An excellent and nostalgic trip though Avengers past, with stories by Eaglehart and beatiful artwork by Sal Buscema. While centering around the enigmatic character of Mantis, there are numerous pearls in this collection such as the origin of the Vision (and his relationship to a certain fiery android from the Golden Age), as well as origin tales of Moondragon and Mantis. The collection also includes the death of a certain sword-wielding Avenger. The story lines wander and converge, yet in the end all come together in an issue including the weddings of not one, but two Avenger's couples. Numerous villians appear, the central being Kang which of course means lots of cosmic time travelling tales. All in all, an excellent and enjoyable collection for Avengers' fans..
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
"The Avengers-The Celestial Madonna"...needed more "Mantis" 12 Sep 2010
By Grant - Published on Amazon.com
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"She CANNOT marry a TREE! And even if she could, she could never become a Madonna because they could not have a child!"

Only in the bronze age of comics could you read a line like that delivered straight and with complete sincerity. And it's that unabashed, kooky charm that helps make the sometimes crude, unorganized and incomplete story "AVENGERS: Celestial Madonna" a little more palatable.

"Avengers: Celestial Madonna" includes Avengers issues 129-135 and Giant Sized Avengers 2,3 and 4. There are some problems with this trade. Firstly, it's less of a "Mantis" story and more of a "Kang" story in that several key Mantis appearances needed to help flesh out and give depth to the Celestial Madonna saga are not included such as Avengers #112 (first appearance of Mantis) and Avengers 120-123 (first origin of Mantis, Libra and the "Zodiac War" storyline) as well as other key Mantis plot points such as her budding relationship with The Swordsman that developed in the issues leading up to "Celestial Madonna". Since those early Mantis appearances are even harder to come by than the ones collected in this trade, this is extremely disappointing to say the least. Without those stories, the only real relevant "Mantis" story in this collection is the final entry...Giant Size Avengers #4.

However, there is also much to enjoy here. Some fine artwork by Sal Buscema, Dave Cockrum and George Tuska for example. And the Steve Englehart/Roy Thomas scripted story packs in everything but the kitchen sink. We get one of the most classic battles between Kang and the Avengers in which the Avengers discover the true nature of Kang, Pharaoh Rama-Tut and Immortus as well as Kangs plot to capture the Celestial Madonna. We also get a rather intriguing battle between The Avengers and Kangs "Legion of the Un-Living" a team of previously dead heroes and villains that includes Frankenstein, The original Human Torch, Baron Zemo and Wonderman. In Avengers 130 the Avengers travel to Viet Nam and end up battling Crimson Dynamo, Radioactive Man and Titanium Man. Over the course of the story The Avengers are witness to the origin of the Human Torch and The Vision (elements of this story were retconned in the classic and epic Busiek story Avengers Forever). We also get the tail end of a subplot involving Scarlet Witch, Agatha Harkness, Dormammu and his sister Umar.

And of course in the final issue of this collection, Giant Size Avengers #4 (the classic issue with the Vision-Scarlet Witch/Mantis-Swordsman double wedding) we finally discover the origin and identity of The Celestial Madonna which anyone who's even remotely familiar with Avengers or Guardians of the Galaxy (or anyone who looks at the cover to this trade) already knows. Unfortunately, GS Avengers 4 is the weakest entry of the collection from a visual standpoint. Don Heck was one of Marvel Comics "workhorses" but his art tended to be a bit crude at times.

Contemporary fans might find this collection of Avengers tales rather quaint compared to later works by Busiek and Perez and that's a valid criticism. While I can't recommend putting this at the top of anyone's buy list, I do recommend it to those Avengers completists out there as well as those looking to read some classic Avengers history or for those looking for a little Bronze Age nostalgia.
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