Avengers: The Trial of Yellowjacket (Avengers (Marvel Unnumbered)) Paperback – 15 Aug 2012
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The trial of Dr. Henry Pym, is recollected and reprinted in this very cool edition. It's well worth your money and saves you the trouble of digging up the original issues on Ebay!
This is an amazingly pivotal and totally monumental storyline in The Avenger's comic book history! It goes right up there with Captain America being dug out of the ice by the original team, right alongside the moment that the original members are leaving and a newer (and less powerful Avengers' line-up) takes over, and this storyline ranks right up there with the Kree-Skrull war!
This marks the first time ever that any super-hero mentally and emotionally breaks down like Dr. Pym (Yellow Jacket) has! His unfortunate downfall spirals out of control, forcing him to be court-martialed, causing him to lose his affectionately devoted wife, The Wasp, and it all culminates with Dr. Henry Pym (Yellow Jacket) getting kicked out of the world's most famous super-team, The Avengers!
You see, Dr. Henry Pym (ANT-MAN/GIANT-MAN/GOLIATH/YELLOW-JACKET) was always my favorite Avenger. Even though he was a founding member of the team, Pym was always in the shadows of the more powerful and more popular members of The Avengers: Thor, The Hulk,Iron Man,and Captain America. Not only is it in the figurative sense, but also in the literal sense, considering that Pym's powers were to shrink down to the size of an ant and command legions of insects. Making maters worse? Dr. Henry Pym, even while he was GIANT-MAN/GOLIATH, wasn't anywhere near as strong as Thor or The Hulk. While more brilliant than Tony Stark in the lucrative fields of bio-chemistry and robotics, Pym could never manifest his ground breaking scientific work into the multi-billion dollar empire that Tony Stark (Iron Man)accomplished. Nor was Pym idol-worshiped and adored like the leader of the Avengers, the legendary hero of World War Two, Captain America, was.(Nor was Pym featured in the recent Avenger's movie. He should have been, though. He and the Wasp are founding members of the team.)
Yet, this book captures a lot of Avengers' history from Pym's perspective. It shows all his self-imposed failings and his delusional short-comings as an Avenger, as a super-hero, as a teammate, as`a husband, and as a man. Pym falls hard and sickeningly brutally in this sweet edition. Invest a few bucks for a ringside seat to a very cool and disturbingly off-beat Avengers' story!
Don't expect to be dazzled by the art or the dialog. Remember, this was written for kids. Also, the recaps at the beginning of the issues are very annoying in a TPB format. And there is a *spoiler* very un-PC issue with an immortal kid attempting suicide. *Another Spoiler*-there is a very conservative message Jarvis gives Cap about America guanteeing the pursuit of happiness, not the result. Personally, I love it compared to some of the messages modern Marvel spits out today.
Awesome collection. Glad I bought it. Fully deserving of all 5 stars.
and it was awsome and then i found it here on amazon for less which is awsome and can't wait to add even more avenger paperbacks to my collection :) !!!!
Parts of this volume seems awkwardly out of place and, as other reviewers have pointed out, have very little if none to do with the main story - and in this reader's opinion are very poor chapters - the chapter with the Ghost Rider is very weak, the Silver Surfer and Molecule Man story is awful and the Black Knight chapter appears to be thrown in for what purpose "I really don't know" - which is why I give this book a 4 star rating instead of a 5 - that reason coupled with some very sub-par artwork brings this near stellar volume down a notch or two.
There is one chapter, like the others mentioned that doesn't appear connected to the "Trial" story but unlike those other chapters that are really poor - this one is well done - its the one involving Hawkeye and Ant Man (Scott Lang) and a battle with the Taskmaster - I particularly enjoyed this one for I remember the Avengers #223 and that really cool cover with Ant Man perched on the tip of one of Hawkeye's arrows as he is about to fire - I recall that cover years ago when it first came out and really liked it yet never got the issue - so its was rewarding to finally see the inside of that mag and the story that went along with it.
But the "Trial" story is excellent and worthy of being mentioned among Marvel's most monumental tales. A brilliant story arch that follows the troubled man who is Dr. Henry Pym. In doing this the volume also allows us a brief look into the other members and how they are given in to some of their own weaknesses and ambiguities - some of these parts of the story involves some extra-curricular activity of the romantic nature. Iron Man/Tony Stark and his brief affair with Wasp after the split up with Pym heats up quick and one can certainly read between the lines in their scenes - Hawkeye and She-Hulk have a rough-house chemistry and attraction - the villain Egghead has a French maid playmate and topping it off we see brave and noble Thor, put under a spell and seduced by Moondragon as they have a roll in the -- well...you get the idea - one can't help but wonder that the writers had a definite theme going on here - one kinda bold for comic books - but nice touch.
But of course the defining moments are at the end when Pym says his final goodbyes to his former fellow members and his sad parting with his ex-wife Janet (Wasp) is well done and quite touching.
Overall - this book deserves a 4 1/2 star ranking if it was offered but I give it 4 stars and highly recommend for Avengers collectors.
*Note: This book also concludes the final volume of the Avengers in my personal collection - as the stories from this point on were handed over to new writers and artists and began to go in directions that lost my interest - I consider it the end of my favorite era of the Avengers.