Tuesday, May 17, 2011

My Picks For New Avengers Team

I am excited by all the different Avengers teams coming out from Marvel Comics nowadays. Wow! There have not been as many Avengers books as we have now since the early 1990s. In the early 1990s we had Avengers, West Coast Avengers and Solo Avengers (plus various annuals). Now, we have a ton of Avengers titles with different teams in each one.

Speaking about Avengers teams, I am one of those Avengers fans who actually liked the team from Avengers No. 300. It was different. There was Steve Rogers as The Captain, Thor, Gilgamesh, Mr. Fantastic, and Invisible Woman. (There are some really interesting stories I've learned about how that team came to be and why it changed again five issues later. But, that is all info for another blog post.)

Thinking back to how interesting Avengers No. 300 was...what would be my choice for a new and unique team? I have listed my picks below. Unfortunately, Woody Woodpecker and Andy Panda can't be on the team, since they are not Marvel characters. LOL

My All-New, All-Different Avengers
  1. Captain America / Steve Rogers – I'll always see Steve Rogers as Captain America. I don't care if he is calling himself The Captain or just going without a codename, he is Captain America and the heart of the Avengers. I think he showed this by rebuilding the east coast team from scratch after the team dissolved in the Fall of the Avengers storyline.
  2. Thor - Next to Captain America, I see Thor as key to the Avengers. He's a founding member and a powerhouse to the team. Plus, he's a god. To be earth's mightiest team, the Avengers need Thor.
  3. Gilgamesh – I am one of the handful who liked Gilgamesh and his addition to the team. In Marvel mythology, he is the world's oldest hero. He has been many heroes throughout history, too. It was a nice move adding him to the Avengers. I think what hurt him was he never really was fleshed out. He never had a writer who really cared about him. Walt Simonson quit right after setting up the new team and never got the chance to show what he had planned for Gilgamesh. (Again, I understand why Simonson quit but that is a story for another blog.)
  4. Mr. Fantastic – Again, I liked the team from Avengers 300. Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) is the Marvel Universe's smartest man. He will always be known as leader of the Fantastic Four but I liked him joining the Avengers (even if it lasted just a handful of issues). I'd like to see him join back up. He would if I could write the team.
  5. Invisible Woman – I also liked Sue Richards being on the Avengers. She is the first female hero in the Marvel Universe and her powers are unique. Plus, her blond hair on top of her blue uniform makes for a rockin' look!
  6. Vagabond – Vagabond is a little known characters who appeared in Captain America comics in the late 1980s and early 1990s. I don't believe she has been seen for years. She is a normal woman who has no powers. But, she learned some fighting skills from Nomad (a former partner of Captain America) and I always liked her costume. Actually, she's had two costumes. One is pretty simple with a Robin-like face mask. The other costume is a very cool America flag-type costume that I always thought was under-appreciated. She could fill a spot on the team as the normal person swept up in the world of super humans. Check her out here: http://www.angelfire.com/comics2/crimsoncowl/vagabond.html or http://comicbookrealm.com/report/character/4082/vagabond
  7. Blue Eagle – I'm a big Hawkman fan and always thought the Avengers needed a high-flying hero. Sure, there is the Falcon but his wings just don't impress me like Hawkman's wings. Marvel Comics has Angel, but I think Angel is best with the X-Men. However, Marvel has its own version of Hawkman in the Blue Eagle. He was a member of the Squadron Supreme. The Squadron is a group of characters from a different universe than the normal Marvel Universe. I would like to see Blue Eagle cross dimensions and join the Avengers. See him at http://marvel.wikia.com/James_Dore_Jr. Now, there was a second Blue Eagle who appeared right after Civil War but I still prefer the original from the Squadron Supreme. The newer Blue Eagle has only made a few appearances and doesn't use an old-school superhero costume, which this old-school fan likes to see most of the time in comic books and cartoons.
  8. Captain Marvel / Photon / Pulsar – Captain Marvel II (now called Pulsar) was on the team for years in the 1980s. She had interesting powers, as she could transform into different kinds of energy. Also, I liked her outfit. It was black, white and more original than many costumes. She was very dedicated to being an Avenger, and Monica even became leader for a short time. She was created by Roger Stern and John Romita Jr. Once Stern left the Avengers, she was depowered for a time and taken out of the Avengers for years. I understand she was recently used in a comic called Nextwave and another called Heralds that I have not had the pleasure to read.
  9. Spider-Man – Everyone knows Spider-Man. He is likely the most popular character from Marvel. To make the team earth's mightiest heroes, I agree keeping Spidey on the team. Plus, Peter Parker is a fun character to whom readers can relate. He is the everyman who accidentally became a hero and deals with daily life struggles.
  10. Sunspot (from New Mutants comics) – I have a soft spot for the New Mutants. I've collected comics since the late 1980s and have always liked the team. Sunspot has been one of my favorite New Mutants. I like his look when he is charged up. His form gets dark and he crackles with energy. He is strong and can project energy. Plus, he is just a fun character. He's a younger character and I feel the Avengers could use more youthful energy.
So, there is my Avengers team. Other Avengers I love are Dr. Strange, Hulk, Namor, and Hellcat. But, I'd prefer to see them on a Defenders team. (A new Defenders comic is long overdue.) Let me know what you think! Agree or disagree? I love to hear from readers.


  1. Nice line-up Mr! I also liked this Avengers team and miss Monica in her Captain Marvel get-tup. She was amazing as an Avenger.

    My eight would be Scarlet Witch, Black Knight, Hawkeye, Havok, Captain America, The Vision, The Thing and Spider-Woman (Julia).

  2. Thanks. I liked Black Knight but looking back it was odd how he started talking like he was from the Middle Ages in the late 200s. LOL