Last Avenger's Story Paperback – 1 Oct 1996
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A graphic novel depicting a possible future in which the Avengers have gone into retirement and the world has gone to hell. Will the Avengers re-form for one final battle? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In this future the Avengers as we know them are gone - scattered, retired, dead or missing. Captain America became President of the United States of America and was tragically assassinated. Quicksilver accidently killed his sister the Scarlet Witch in an confrontation over her unconventional relationship with the Vision before killing himself as a result of his guilt. The distraut Vision subsequently flees never to be seen again. Hulk, Thing, Hercules and Thor left the Earth in order to fight some great otherworldly threat. Only the Hulk survived and returned in a maddened state in which he killed Tigra and Wonderman. Reed Richards retired when his elasticated body took on the consistancy of play-dough after years of stretching, and now cares for the catatonic Dr Doom. Spider-man retired to become a family man and tries his best to stop his son from attending a school trip to learn about radiation. Many others became disenchanted and left the superhero life altogether when, after the government requested their help to gather up the legions of supervillains, then subsequently had each and every one of them summarily executed without trial in what became known as 'the Great Purge'.
What is left is a bunch of bored, childish superpowered celebrities and pretenders in a world that is devoid of any villains for them to face - that is until a new and unknown menace appears and wipes them off the face of the Earth in one fell swoop with a tactical nuclear strike...
This threat proves to be legendary Avengers enemy 'Kang' - the master of space and time - who, armed with knowledge gained from the future, returns to the present to take his final revenge of the heroes who had thwarted him time and again. With him is the latest iteration of the robotic entity 'Ultron'; Billy Maximoff - the son of the Scarlet Witch and the latest man to call himself the 'Grim Reaper' - and the lunatic 'Oddball'.
With no current Avengers left to face them, the responsibility falls on retired member of the original line-up Hank Pym to assemble a new team, but this is a Pym who is far from his best - old, overweight, and no longer able to use his size-changing powers due to the damage they have caused to his body.
Pyms team consists of his wife Janet Van Dyne - the Wasp - who as a result of a malfunction in the Pym particles in her body, is shrinking at a rate of about an inch a year; Jessie Wingfoot - gamma irradiated daughter of the original She-Hulk and Wyatt Wingfoot; the original Human torch, Johnny Storm; the former X-Man Cannonball; the current master of the mystic arts, and Scarlet Witchs other child - Tommy Maximoff; a blind Hawkeye and his embittered wife Mockingbird; Bombshell - the supposed daughter of Hercules; and Hot Shot - the son of the Black Knight - who will assemble for one final time in what will be - regardless of the outcome - 'The Last Avengers Story'.
This is a brilliant little 'what-if?' style adventure set in a dystopian version of the Marvel Universe. Peter Davids writing and characterisation is excellent, and he constructs a world in just two short issues that left me desperate to learn more about - although the history of this particular alternate reality was never elaborated upon. The art is some of the earliest I recall seeing from Ariel Olivetti, and it is terrific - beautifully hand painted.
Now sadly out of print, with copies difficult to come by and often very expensive, but if you can get a copy at a reasonable price I guarentee that you will not be disappointed!
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Peter David makes you feel for each character. The art is just beautiful. Complimenting the story at hand. My only complaint is that the story was not longer. It was complete. it was perfect. I just didn't want it to end.
David builds an excellent, involving story that is just the right length. It pulls characters from all periods of Avengers history, including times to come. He also throws the reader some teasers as to the fates of other heroes and villains, letting us fill in the blanks. Olivetti's painted art is beautiful, but slightly exaggerated (resembling Simon Bisley in places). This is one of my most treasured Marvel books, and I place it directly behind Avengers Forever as the greatest Avengers story ever told. It is slated to be rereleased by Marvel in hardcover late this year under the title AVENGERS: FIRST TO LAST, combined with the backup stories from Avengers Classic.
The whole Ultron in charge thing was good, as was the blood and tragedy thing of a certain brother and sister. My only problem with this story: Where is Iron Man? Still, 5 stars for dropping that bomb on Avengers HQ.
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