Naturally the Avengers movie is bound to bring in new readers to this long running Marvel series. Since it is nearing its 50th year and there has been a constantly changing line-up, along with various spin-off units, it's a bit of a daunting task for the newcomer to know Who, What, Why, Where, When and How, and whether to go right the way back and start the monumental task of collecting everything, or picking up at a reasonably new part of the narrative.
This volume goes a very long way to helping somehow taking to the Avenger for the first time. It does start at the beginning and guides us through the important changes and landmarks up to 2011. There are good outlines of the major members; reasonable notes for the lesser but nonetheless memorable characters; informative synopsis of the major landmarks, good explanations of the spin-offs and some spectacular pages of art work. It's also packaged in sturdy and quality covering.
With Christmas beckoning and if you have someone close who is now picking up on the Avengers, or has been struggling to get to grips with the whole narrative for a year or so and a limited budget this would be the ideal gift.
If you are that new Avengers fan, well treat yourself and sort out a few nagging questions.