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  • The swan song of Kurt Busiek's critically lauded Avengers run, this beefy 400 page tome sinks a bit under the weight of it's disparate plot threads, yet contains one of the best portrayal's of the team's (other) arc-enemy, painting him out as a brilliant strategist, a ruthless general, and in the end, a regretful father.

  • The Masters of Evil overrun Avengers mansion in a story that brought a modern brutality to a title that was too often, squeeky clean. The penultimate story and crown jewel of Roger Stern's six year Avengers run.

  • Ultron is the debatable arch-nemesis of Earth's Mightiest heroes, and this is his best story ever, deconstructing his relationships with various Avengers, and presenting a truly nightmarish vision of a genocidal A.I.

  • Kurt Busiek and Co send you on a wild ride through Space and Time, and touch on much of the Avengers (then) 35 year history as Kang battles his future self Immortus, with Earth's mightiest heroes caught in the middle. Your enjoyment will only increase based on your familiarity with Avengers lore.

  • Some would argue this 1972 story is the original comic book event. Though it occasionally is weighed down by antiquated writing conventions, this was the template of every cosmic Avengers story that followed.

  • Ultimates presents a more modern take on Earth Mightiest Heroes in a post-9-11 world. Super sleek and silver screen ready, it's no wonder the film served as primary inspiration for Joss Whedon's 2012 Avengers film.

  • A Shakespearean drama on a Cosmic scale, the Korvac Saga follows the doomed romance of a would be Messiah and his love, as his plans to found a utopia are thwarted by the Avengers. Also the progenitor of the "Villain kills all the heroes" trope in big event Marvel comics.

  • This story arc served as an ending to Jim Starlin's recently canceled Adam Warlock series, and is director Joss Whedon's favorite Avengers comic of all-time. This is the first time we see Thanos utilizing the Infinity Gems, and the final appearance of Thanos and Adam Warlock until 1990. Often overlooked in favor of more modern Thanos centered outings, and one of the few true "Thanos vs. Avengers" stories.

  • As an old school Avengers fan, I've never been a huge proponent of Brian Michael Bendis' work on the team. Still, I can't deny that his first arc on New Avengers is a blast from front to back, and helped make Avengers the flagship book at The House of Ideas.

  • The best story in Geoff John's all-too brief tenure on Avengers sees Earth's mightiest heroes unraveling the plot behind a chemical attack that leaves thousands of Americans dead. The story plays on post-9-11 fears of terrorism and infiltration, and promotes Captain America's arch-nemesis to an Avengers level threat.