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New Avengers Volume 1: Breakout TPB: Breakout v. 1 (Graphic Novel Pb)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 16 September 2006
After ripping the Avengers apart Marvel begins the task of putting them back together for a new generation. The event that brings the heroes together is a mass break out from a super criminal prison. A handful of heroes are caught up in it and a few others arrive to help out. The following day Captain America decides to put the group of heroes together as a team and officially form a New Avengers team.

Bendis is taking The New Avengers in a different direction to the previous team. Without giving anything away the theme of the title is 'conspiracy'. From finding out who organised the breakout to the why a great deal of deception is uncovered which in turn gives the team a direction to head in as they eventually try to uncover whose behind it in future issues.

Now Avengers fans of old know that The Avengers works best when it feels like a giant crossover of heroes trying to overcome a massive threat. Despite the new direction there's a lot of what makes Avengers work in this book, a lot of cameos and a lot of action. The majority of issue 2 is a huge fight scene and odd fight moments pop up throughout the book. However this team of Avengers is very different, a penthouse instead of a mansion, no official status, no money and bar Iron Man and Captain America a team with few ties to The Avengers - although thankfully Jarvis is still around.

David Finch doing the pencils is on fine form and there are a good few splash pages that go down well (Also at the back there's a collection of alternative covers). Bendis on the writing does a good job on what is essentially a setting the story up volume and gets all the characters right - don't worry Spider-Man is given a good set on gags. All in all a very good start and a fresh team of Avengers and I look forward to enjoying future volumes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
When you break up a group such as the Avengers, there was left a black hole. So what do you do.........

You create a new group of Avengers, all coming together to deal with one crisis, which then turns into them recreating the team, however they include a more modern roster with the likes of Spider-man & Wolverine joining established heroes such as Captain America & Iron Man.

This starts of the New Avengers and because of this I will strive to own all the New Avenger series.

The book is called breakout, so go breakout you cash from your wallet and buy this.
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on 7 March 2014
There is a lot of good stuff in New Avengers: Breakout. The way the new team forms is logical and the interactions between team-mates are believable. The colourings/drawings are good and there is a healthy dose of action. However, New Avengers: Breakout is held back by its leading villains. For example:

1) Electro decimates the raft to unleash a tidal wave of supervillany on the yet-to-be-christened New Avengers. I didn't buy that a pretty middle-order Spidey villain could do that. I think they should have gone with the Sinister Six.

2) The New Avengers head to the Savage Land to seek out the plots mastermind, which turns out to be Sauron. Again, I don't buy it. I think they should have gone with Mr Sinister.

The Avengers are meant to be the ultimate combination of Marvel's heroes and I think the New Avengers have been served an injustice by pitting them against such rank and file villains. This is such a shame, because everything else about New Avengers: Breakout is pretty good.
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I am not a hugr avengers fan, So reading this recently I was pleasantly surprised. David Finch has been turning into a great artist in recent years and provides some excellent work here.

The best aspect comes from the characterisation. Luke Cage is actually likeable, where as in the past he has been little more than a token black hero with 'cool' seventies attitude who says "sweet christmas" a lot. Spiderwoman too is brought upto date and made interesting.

Much of the story is dedicated to the formation of the team and character, the plot is barely important. Bendis has done a good job of the set up.
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I read this a few years back and from what I remember I really liked it.

Bendis does a great job with dialogue esp with Spiderman. There is a group dynamic with Tony Stark ironically being the square peg in the round hole. The inclusion of Wolverine seems a little unneccessary though if you do read the Spiderman Marvel Knights tpb where he starts hitting on MJ it does seem to have more purpose (the redhead thing I guess)

I do like the new Luke Cage.

Subsequent issues really take this title forward and I would recommend getting this as a taster and then continuing if it appeals to you
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on 20 June 2012
I picked this up the other week. The last I read of the Avengers was House of M and Civil war, so I wanted to back track and see what was happening to the avengers or "New Avengers" at the time of these events. I just wanted to say that this is a great start to the team coming together, with some old and new faces to the roster. You won't be disappointed with this book. Ive already ordered the next two volumes and am looking forward to seeing what happens next.
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on 10 December 2013
As I have grown older, I have found my taste in comic books drifting away from marvel comics, the company responsible for my love of comics, and into other, darker comics.

Breakout felt like catching up with old friends without the pub and I enjoyed it immensely. Stunning art work you would come to expect from Marvel and an interesting storyline to boot!

If you're a fan of super hero's, go and give it a go
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This was the real reason that the Scarlet Witch suddenly went mad and the Avengers decided that they couldn't be a team anymore, so that the book could be relaunched with a fan favourite team of Avengers featuring Iron Man, Spiderman, Captain America, Wolverine and (cough) Spiderwoman and (cough) Luke Cage. Certainly this is better than Avengers Disassembled with Bendis finally seeming to get a handle on what is required to write a convincing super hero team story but it still isn't that good.

The story begins with a breakout at a prison for supervillains. Several superheroes just happen to be at the prison at the time, and a few others turn up to help fight the bad guys. Naturally they are overwhelmed, and the fight is probably one of the best bits of the book. The problem is from there on nothing really works. What was the reason for the Breakout? Why do the New Avengers go to the Savage Land? What goes on after that? There are some garbled answers to the second and last questions but none that really make sense and a lot of the answers to questions raised here are withheld for later volumes (or are still forthcoming...).

The other main problems I have are with the simplicity of the plot and the dialogue. It consists of Avengers get a lead, they go somewhere, stumble over what they are looking for and repeat. There's no sense of anything happening other than by chance. Also, through this and the dialogue, which never makes an effort to be eloquent, trying instead for stammering and the odd funny comment, makes me feel smarter than the characters and the writer. Certainly, his Captain America, who has been portrayed previously as an orator to rival Churchill and Eisenhower, is rendered to a stammering twit who can't make a point without descending into emotional outbursts. That and an absurdly chauvanist scene where Spiderwoman puts on her costume and all the male Avengers make comments on how she fills it out make me want to cringe.

That said, if this were an all new team book with brand new characters, it probably wouldn't niggle as much. It's better than Disassembled and strangely entertaining, but this is not a classic.
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on 22 February 2015
This is the first Avengers story, excellent,
among the best artwork in marvel
great to finally have spiderman and wolverine in avengers
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2005
I bought this knowing what had happened in the disassembled saga, and after leaving the avengers in such a state of disrepair meant something good had to be coming!
I loved the avengers of recent and old but I did feel the roster was so high and full that it would take a while for my fave avengers members to get a look in.
Yes its a shame that some died but as marvel often likes to remind us nothing can ever be for certain.
Anyway I read it and I'm very happy for buying it, I've never read a graphic novel as quick it just sucked me in! The pencils and inks are of superb quality which is important to me, and the story didn't disappoint either! I'd say that the New Avengers are a good change of form and a very good read... buy it don't buy it the choice is yours.
But I know I'll be forking out my money for the future volumes to come!
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