The Avengers Vault

Ar­chives As­sem­ble!

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Re­lease Date: Out Now! 175 pages | Hard­back Au­thor: Peter A David Pub­lisher: Au­rum Press

Synched to the re­lease of Avengers: Age Of Ul­tron, this is a breezy, colour­ful primer on Marvel’s sig­na­ture band of he­roes, writ­ten with in­sight by long­time comic book writer Peter A David.

The bright de­sign and over­sized type skew young but David’s com­men­tary is in­formed if break­neck, skim­ming the ti­tle’s his­tory be­fore spot­light­ing four of the team’s big hit­ters: Cap­tain Amer­ica, Iron Man, Thor and the Hulk ( Black Widow and Hawk­eye are cru­elly snubbed). Th­ese chap­ters ex­pand to cover the he­roes’ wider, comic- hop­ping ca­reers, short­chang­ing any­one who wants an in- depth look at the Avengers ti­tle it­self – key play­ers like Ant- Man and the Vi­sion are lit­tle more than foot­notes and on oc­ca­sion you’ll ache for more in- depth cov­er­age of some clas­sic sto­ry­lines.

The true joy of the book is found in the re­mov­able items tucked into var­i­ous flaps. From fold- out posters to cover roughs to a re­pro­duc­tion ID card for Cap­tain Amer­ica’s Sen­tinels of Lib­erty ( a Nazi- bust­ing drive to mo­bilise the na­tion’s youth in the ’ 40s), it’s pure geek plun­der. Nick Setch­field Jack Kirby’s last piece of art for Marvel was a 1976 sketch of the Hulk’s face – it’s re­pro­duced here.

The Red Skull takes aim dur­ing World War Two.

The Avengers’ de­but in the

’ 63. fer­tile year of

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