Marvelís Original Graphic Novel series to capitalize on the success of their film studios launches with Avengers: Endless Wartime by the author Warren Ellis & Illustrator Mike Mckone. A Standalone story that offers a lot for both the casual and longtime readers, with extras like a quirky Marvel video & a free digital copy, not to mention (shamelessly advertised) Clark Greggís introduction on this book.
The story offers all the Avengers youíre familiar with from the movies, with an added extra of the Wolverine & an introduction to the spiky Captain Marvel, a witty tongued super heroine.
Captain America, Thor & Iron Man are the central figures, with their pasts all catching up to them, acts done, regardless of good intentions or not, come with consequences this time and the past comes back biting their tails. The chemistry between all the Avengers feels very natural, while the start of the book has a lot of exposition dialogue to introduce Captain Marvel & new concepts for the movie fans. Once that part is done, the dialogue feels right for everyone. Thorís dialogue has that very mighty tune, while no one writes a better douche Tony Stark than Ellis. Hawkeye & Hulk are the scene stealers however; youíd really want to read more about these two in fights.
Wolverine gets a bad rap in this, heís the enforcer who maims & kills their foes, much like our Avengers do in the Marvel movies, but here Thor & Captain America hold a begrudging relation to him for that, which results in Wolverine of all people being the voice of reason. He points out how futile their actions will be: there is no long-term accomplishment, the Avengers are just a group of vigilantes out there ďavenging,Ē they acknowledge dire problems, but they donít act, they simply react once the enemy does the first strike. The ending is so bleak; it feels like a harsh criticism on modern superhero comics.
Warren Ellis manages to utilize the page count as best as possible, Mckoneís art works in its photo realistic style not becoming too fantasy, but being very hyper real, much like the movies. The action sequences are fun, but itís the tone that Ellis sets that delivers because the best part has to be that, on the surface this is a comic book about Avengers fighting militarized Nazi Dragons (seriously), but in truth itís superheroes simply running around in circles mixed with military complexes & evil corporations in todayís comics. We need the Authority, which is why I love this book.