New Avengers Volume 3: Secrets And Lies Premiere HC: Secrets and Lies P. 3 Hardcover – 12 Apr 2006
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Luke Cage, Wolverine, Captain America Iron Fist, Spiderman, Dr Strange, Ronin and Spider Woman make up the renegade Avengers and you cant help but root for them in their game of cat-and-mouse with the Government-backed Avengers which including Iron Man, Sentry, Ares, Ms Marvel and Wonder Man. I have read the Civil War graphic novel, which was ok, but this is far more interesting.
The over-sized, hard-cover volumes are the best way to read this great era in the Avengers story. Michael Bendis' writing is very good and I am at a loss why the man gets so much stick. This is a brilliant volume but it is essential you buy and read the first 2 volumes first. Make sure you buy the oversized version only; if it doesnt say "oversized" in the description; check the product details ...... this will state the dimensions to be around 28 cm high and have around 300-400 pages.
New Avengers #21-23
New Avengers: Illuminati
Civil War: The Confession
Civil War: The Initiative
It's worth noting that issues #21-25 are also collected in the paperback New Avengers: Civil War v. 5 (New Avengers) but that book is missing the three extra comics and, being 'regular size' has smaller pages. As with the previous volumes this is the best way to collect New Avengers, you get more material at a higher quality, the only downside is that you have to wait longer for them to be released.
There's little point in buying this book if you haven't read the first two in the series but if you have then this one progresses the story and maintains the quality of previous installments. Plot-wise this book covers the 'Civil War' storyline that ran through much of the Marvel universe in 2006-2007 which involved a lot of shake-ups to the team as the New Avengers become an underground and 'unofficial' Avengers team.
If you want to follow the 'official' team then I recommend the first hardcover collection: Mighty Avengers Assemble HC Cho Cover which runs parallel to this book and is also written by Brian Michael Bendis (though oddly Amazon seem to credit a lot of comic books to the artists rather than the authors so it can be confusing).
If having two parallel Avengers teams is messy it only gets worse in the future with the introduction of the Dark Avengers, fortunately all of these titles are good (and all are written by Bendis) though Mighty Avengers is probably the weakest of the bunch.
This book will be followed by the forthcoming: New Avengers Volume 4 HC, currently set for release in April 2010.
1. Once again, all Avengers are alive. Bendis killed a ruck of them ... and by the time he has finished, they are back alive. Why? What more can be wrung out of the dry cloth that are the 40 year old characters that are S Witch, Wasp and Hawkeye, really? Just like reading the Avengers in the 1980s! If only Marvel had the nerve to keep the dead dead. But that's what you get if you read a mainstream comic.
2. Bendis's piece about the execs eyes popping out when he suggested putting Spidey and Wolverine into the Avengers is the most telling point. I don't expect Alan Moore, but really, some artistic integrity would be a welcome change.
3. Despite all of that, this volume really feels like treading water, replete with "huh?" moments. How come Simon Williams flipped ... then seemed to be totally forgiven 10 pages later? What inspiration, if any, went into the Microverse story? None, so far as I can tell. Even the art is abysmal. The dialogue - well, the lines could be said by any one of the multitude of Avengers present - apart from Spidey (as he tells the jokes) and Thor (cos he has his own font, cos he speaks all funny and European, you know).
But of course I'll buy the next one ... sucker that I am. Darn.
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