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Avengers: The Trial of Yellowjacket (Avengers (Marvel Unnumbered)) Paperback – 15 Aug 2012

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x90a86d8c) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
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HASH(0x992f9858) out of 5 stars YELOW-JACKET! KICKED OUT OFTHE AVENGERS! FILM AT 11! 25 Aug. 2012
By cornbreadthedog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Two words: Absolutely brilliant!

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!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x992f98ac) out of 5 stars Classic Avengers 22 Oct. 2012
By Joao F. Bettencourt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
What a great collection. I am a big Yellowjacket fan, but overall, his story only makes up about half this collection, maybe less. There is a big chunk of the book that has nothing to do with Hank Pym, but that is okay. This is a good collection for people just getting introduced to the Avengers. Thor, Iron Man and Captain America remain at the center of the book, WHERE THEY SHOULD BE. Solid Storytelling and great stories from a great period in Avengers history. The collection ends nicely with a great ending. Bravo, Marvel.

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.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fa6dfe4) out of 5 stars Fantastic and amazing :) !!! 14 Feb. 2013
By Brandon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I first saw this avengers paperback a couple of months ago at books a million
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 :) !!!!
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f84fa68) out of 5 stars but he certainly had a really cool costume. I thought tht the title was a ... 27 July 2015
By Christopher Krieg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was a kid when I first got exposed to the Avengers. I grew mostly on then juvenile DC comics SUperfriends stuff. I was just becoming a teenager at that point in my life and I always felt that Marvel comics were far more adult than DC. When I first saw the issue of Avengers, the court martial of Yellowjacket, i was horrified. I wast too sure who this guy was, but he certainly had a really cool costume. I thought tht the title was a ruse, but it unfortunately wasnt. Hank pym a founding member of the Avengers was driven ouf of the team, expelled, court martialed and even sent to prison thanks to the mangled writings of hack writer Jim Shooter. He even beat his wife and she filed for divorce. This was hardly the loving couple they were portrayed for almost twenty years in Avengers comics. Jim Shooter broke the first rule of writers, write only what you know. Since Shooter didnt have a doctorate in mental illness, how could he write about a characters demise. He said he read all the comics featuring Yellowjacket or Hank pym. Shooter apparently forgot about the Marvel Two IN One guest starring Spiderman where Yellowjacket and the Wasp teamed up to defeat a villian. That book was written by a real talented writer-Chris Claremont and drawn by JOhn Byrne of the X-Men. In that two issue run, it was Yellowjacket who defeated the villian who thought he killed him previouisly. In that issue, Hank and Janet have a very passionate interlude. Also, Hank had no signs at all of any mental illness. He was calm, confident and courageous. Jim Shooter did a hatchett job on Yellowjacket which is unfortunate. I cosplay Yellowjacket and many people love my costume. But what Jim Shooter later said was even more rotten than his writing. He blamed the artist for the whole wife beating story.He said that the scene called for Hank Pym to shove away Janet from him, but the artist was told to go for maximum effect which turned into Hank taking a swipe at Janet which would go down in comics infamy. i will not and cannot give my blessing to these issues. I wish they were all destroyed and burned. it was no where near a brillient pice of work. it was total and complete garbarge.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x992f9ce4) out of 5 stars Trial of Yellowjacket - Bold and Brilliant 21 July 2014
By Evetstx - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
"The Trial of Yellowjacket" undoubtedly symbolizes a turning point in the Avengers history as founding member Henry Pym leaves the roster. I don't think this story would have worked very well had one of the other Avengers been on trial but with Pym, and his unstable personality and constant inner demons, made it more believable and I give the talents at Marvel kudos for being bold enough to pull this off.

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.
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