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Top 10 Avengers Comics You Should Read

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Script written by Clayton Martino The Avengers consist of Marvel's greatest heroes, and these are their best stories! Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Avengers Comics You Should Read. For this list, we are looking at the most famous issues and story arcs in the Avenger's comic history. Special thanks to our user Godslayer79 for submitting the idea using our interactive suggestion tool at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Clayton Martino

Top 10 Avengers Comics You Should Read


The Avengers consist of Marvel’s greatest heroes, and these are their best stories! Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Avengers Comics You Should Read.

For this list, we are looking at the most famous issues and story arcs in the Avenger’s comic history. Whether you are a huge Avengers fan or just starting out, make sure you check out these comics!

#10: “Dark Avengers” (2009-10)

The Avengers roster has changed a number of times over the years, but never before has the team consisted of supervillains. The leader of the team was Norman Osborn, the former Green Goblin, who wore a red, white and blue themed Iron Man suit and dubbed himself the Iron Patriot. The team featured several villains masquerading as heroes, including Venom as Spider-Man, Bullseye as Hawkeye, Daken as Wolverine and Moonstone as Mrs. Marvel. Naturally, this team spent almost as much time fighting with each other as they did their enemies, and their dysfunction makes this one of the more unique and entertaining Avengers storylines as these villains have to try to do a little bit of good guy stuff just to keep up the Avengers façade.

#9: “Captain America Joins… The Avengers!” (1964)

Contrary to what the Marvel Cinematic Universe would have you believe, Captain America wasn’t actually a founding member of the Avengers. He would eventually join the team in 1964’s issue #4, however, when they discover his capsickle. This was the first comic appearance for Cap in nearly 10 years and provided us with the details of his disappearance, including the demise of his best friend, Bucky Barnes. Cap would help the team defeat Namor, but more importantly, the issue saved him from irrelevance and he would become a crucial member of the team for decades to come.

#8: “New Avengers: Breakout” (2005)

Thanks to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Avengers popularity is at an all-time high. Just 10 years ago, however, the series was struggling – that is, until the release of the New Avengers. Writer Brian Michael Bendis completely reconstructed the makeup of the team, mixing old members, such as Iron Man and Captain America, with exciting newcomers, like Spider-Woman and Luke Cage. Add in Wolverine and Spider-Man and you get an extremely diverse team which provided a much needed jolt of life into the series.

#7: “The Kree/Skrull War” (1971-72)

Don’t you just hate when you get caught up in an inter-galactic war? Earth winds up in the middle of this bitter feud between the Kree and Skrull empires, and it is up to the Avengers to save the world from complete destruction. This story features an enormous cast of characters includes Iron Man, Captain America, Reed Richards, Captain Marvel, and Ronan the Accuser, among countless others, and is considered to be one of the best issues of the Bronze Age of Comic Books. It also introduces the Vision-Scarlet Witch romance which would become a staple of the comic.

#6: “Red Zone” (2003)

For all of you who are craving an Avengers/zombies crossover, this book may be for you. A mysterious plague is turning people into corpses by dissolving their flesh, and it is up to the Avengers to stop it. What makes this story great is it rises above the classic “hero beating up the villain” cliché, although there are plenty of great fights, including She-Hulk beating up the team and the Black Panther taking on the Red Skull. It also features one of the most iconic covers in Avengers history, as a grief-stricken Iron Man holds the body of Captain America.

#5: “Ultron Unlimited” (1999)

Ultron is one of the Avengers greatest villains, and this was his shining moment. Featuring a new body made of adamantium, Ultron makes himself known by murdering the entire country of Slorernia. With an army of robots at his side, Ultron is able to kidnap Hank Pym, Vision, Wasp, and Scarlet Witch, and plans to use them to start a new race. The Avengers come to their aid and are able to overcome the horde of Ultron robots, and Pym is eventually able to seemingly destroy Ultron with vibranium. If you are a fan of the recent “Avengers” film, this is the comic for you.

#4: “The Korvac Saga” (1978)

What happens when mortal men gain unlimited power? They attempt to save the universe… by destroying it. That’s the central plot of this storyline, as Michael Korvac travels to Earth with plans to turn it into a utopia. Standing in his way are the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers, who epically team up to take down the all-mighty Korvac. The villain is able to kill nearly every hero before committing suicide, which brings them back to life. Trust us, it makes sense when you read it, and it is awesome.

#3: “The Kang Dynasty” (2001-02)

Every great story needs a great villain, and Kang is exactly that. Kang becomes the first villain to physically take over the world, and he even kills the entire population of Washington, D.C. This massive story arc takes place over 16 issues, in which numerous heroes are defeated. The climax sees a giant holographic projection of Kang taking on a giant holographic projection of Captain America… in space! Their battle eventually returns to Earth where Cap takes him on alone and defeats the warlord.

#2: “The Ultimates” (2002-04)

A modern reimagining of the Avengers, this is the series that served as the inspiration behind the first Avengers film. In fact, comic book artist Bryan Hitch described his work as having a cinematic composition. The team, assembled by Nick Fury, consists of Captain America, Giant-Man, the Wasp, the Hulk, Thor, and Iron Man. This series features plenty of twists and turns, including an enraged Hulk chasing down Freddie Prinze, Jr, and culminates with a massive battle against the Chitauri that includes several other Marvel characters, including Black Widow, Hawkeye, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.
Before we unveil our number one pick, here are a few honourable mentions:

“Under Siege” (1986-87)

“Nights of Wundagore” (1979)

“Avengers Forever” (1998-99)

“Avengers #1” (1963)

“Uncanny Avengers” (2012-14)

#1: “Civil War” (2006-07)

The Avengers have some great enemies, but nothing can possibly compare to when the team turned on each other. After the U.S. government passes a law that all superheroes need to register and reveal their secret identities, the battle lines are drawn. The main players are Iron Man, who believes that the safety of the people trumps personal freedom, and Captain America, who opposes the hero registration act. Nearly all heroes in the Marvel universe get involved, including Spider-Man, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four. The story ends with the assassination of a major character that shocked the comic world and changed the Avengers forever.

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