My Top Avengers Stories

This is a list of my most favourite Avengers stories including Story Arcs and TPB's (trade paper backs/graphic novels), as well as Marvel Events that centre around the Avengers.

I have been an Avengers fan for a long time now, and have nearly every major Avengers story since Avengers Disassembled, with about half being in comics, and half in TPB's. Due to this most are written by Brian Michael Bendis who did a brilliant job through most of his run, but I also have some older stories by the likes of Stan Lee, and Mark Gruenwald, as well as some of the newer series' stories that Jonathan Hickman, and Rick Remender have written.

The list will change from time to time if I've either read a new story or read a old one again feeling I've ranked it too high or too low.

I am also going through my Avengers stories again and due to that will only add to this list once I have to save confusion on the ratings.

WARNING: THERE MAY BE THE ODD SPOILER IN THIS LIST

List items

  • 5/5 Reviewed TPB

    This was one of the first stories I read when I started to collect graphic novels, and is one of the best stories I've ever read. Mark Millar killed it on this story, putting Avengers, against Avengers with the Super-Human Registration Act making heroes chose a side, and ultimately fight against one another. The action during this story was amazing, and artist Steve McNiven did an excellent job, like he's done with the entire artwork on this story. I also loved how there was emotion throughout, and how it was obvious that people on both sides didn't like fighting their friends. It also had some shocks, that were very exciting, and overall it was a phenomenal story and it'd take a special crossover event to top this crossover event.

  • 5/5 Reviewed TPB

    I was going to add both Young Avengers volumes, Sidekicks, and Family Matters, but due to the fact that I read this series as a whole in this book, as well as the fact that it forms into one huge story I felt I'd add it like this. Allan Heinberg just made something magical with this new team that was introduced to fill the void the Avengers left after Avengers Disassembled. It had plenty of action, emotion, magic, and entertainment, and is one of the most fun books I've ever read. The character development was also phenomenal, and some of the best I've ever seen, and it also managed to balance both the fun, and serious tones perfectly. The art from Jim Cheung was also simply outstanding, as although Andrea Divito's work on the few issues in the middle were good, they were nothing on Cheung's art.

  • 5/5 Reviewed TPB

    This was probably my favourite story out of Brian Michael Bendis' earlier work on Avengers, as although it probably isn't his best work overall, it showed ton's of emotion, whilst re-introducing Sentry perfectly, whilst also exploring his past. It was also a very interesting story, which featured the Illuminati for the first time (even though they didn't do much), also having some amazing action sequences that Steve McNiven drew perfectly.

  • 5/5 Reviewed TPB

    This was an amazing volume, with two fantastic stories, that merged together nicely. The feature on Spider-Woman's secret was simply outstanding, adding ton's of suspense, and drama. The second story introducing the mysterious Ronin (Echo) was also amazing, being very mysterious and suspenseful, as well as having drama. Frank Cho, and David Finch did amazing job on art, with Cho's standing out more. Rick Mays' contribution on the Giant Sized Spider-Woman issue was also decent, but not to my taste.

  • 5/5 Reviewed TPB

    Although Avengers Disassembled was the first Avengers story by Brian Michael Bendis, this was the one that would change the Avengers as they were, putting previous Avengers, and soon to be new Avengers in a position where they have to work together, forming the New Avengers. Now this wouldn't be Bendis' best Avengers story, but it was the first sign of his great talent, and although he would be inconsistent near the end of his run, the start was amazing. It was explosive, and fun, with real drama, and suspense. David Finch also once again produced fabulous artwork, making for an overall brilliant story.

  • 4/5 Reviewed as individual issues

    When this story initially came out in comic form it was hurt badly by scheduling problems, making it hard to fully appreciate. I have however read it all together since, and it was much better. The return of the Red Skull was brilliant, and well handled by Rick Remender, and although it's not one of his best stories ever, it was a decent start to this series. It also has some interesting plot twists, and developments, as well as some lovely set-up work. John Cassaday's was outstanding, although not as awe-inspiring as usual, with a few of imperfections. Olivier Coipel's art on the last issue was however did a much better job, and although I love Cassaday's art, I'd have preferred Coipel's on the entire story.

  • 4/5 Reviewed TPB

    This was a brilliant start to Brian Michael Bendis' amazing Avengers run. The development of the backstory prevented this being a perfect story, but it had plenty of excitement, and action. The story itself also shook up the Avengers universe, setting up changes, as well as future events, having some shocking, and emotional points throughout. The art from David Finch was also awesome, as although he had problems with facial expressions, he more than made up in the action sequences.

  • 4/5 Reviewed TPB

    Although the main Civil War event was phenomenal, the New Avengers tie-in wasn't quite as good. This was mainly due to it consisting of five separate stories, which made the book slightly inconsistent. There were however a few very good stories in this tie-in, showing perfectly how the event effected certain members of the team, as their different views on the subject. It also at times had brilliant action, and emotion, and although there was also a much slower story, overall Brian Michael Bendis did a great job, and this is by far one of the best tie-in books that I've read. It also had some phenomenal art by Leinil Francis Yu, Olivier Coipel, and Jim Cheung, as well as some decent art by Pasqual Ferry. Howard Chaykin's art on the first story was however a little disappointing though.

  • 4/5 Reviewed New Avengers #1

  • 4/5 Reviewed TPB

    This was one of the weaker books in Brian Michael Bendis' early run, being the worst out of his first five stories. The story itself had a good mysterious background, with some very exciting action. The story did however not quite hit the mark, as it was a bit slow, and didn't have as much depth as Bendis stories prior to it. The art by Mike Deodato Jr., and Steve McNiven was amazing, but Deadato Jr.'s art stood out more, being truly phenomenal.

  • 4/5 Reviewed Avengers #1-2

  • 3.5/5

  • 3.5/5 Reviewed Avengers vs. X-Men #9-12

  • 3/5 Reviewed as individual issues

    This was a highly disappointing story, as after all the hype, and build-up it had, taking over two years to even come out. It was very slow, and mundane. It did however have action from time to time, but it didn't make up for it's slow pace. It also had a lot of questionable points, with certain aspects being a bit unpleasant. The art from Bryan Hitch, Carlos Pacheco, Brandon Peterson, and others was mostly amazing, with Hitch's standing out most. It was however a shame that Brian Michael Bendis' mostly great Avengers run ended in such a disappointing fashion.