#76 - Avengers: Under Siege

The Avengers makes our top 100 best graphic novels list.

This has got to be the easiest introduction I've written so far. Thanks to a maniacal Hollywood development cycle, over the last five years we've seen each member of the Avengers get his own movie. This year they have all been brought together by Firefly genius Joss Whedon in a star-studded film that has so many actor egos in it that I imagine the set was awash with personal assistants, manicurists and juice squeezers. If you've seen the movie, you'll know that Whedon manages to handle all the characters equally well, and each is given an ample amount of screen time, but not enough to outshine the others. That's a feat in itself. Anyway, I'm not here to talk about the movie, I'm here to talk about the Avengers books.

The first thing to say is that although the film features Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawk Eye, the actual cast of the Avengers is a lot bigger. Through their comic series they have been a rotating band of heroes with heroes joining, others dropping out and even former villains getting involved. Over their fifty year run their roster has changed more than Chelsea's manager. It's hard to keep up.

Considering how long they have been going, it is difficult to know where to start reading. To help, I’ve selected one of the best Avengers graphic novels, Under Siege. In Under Siege, Baron Zemo and the Masters of Evil (they're the villains, in case you were wondering) try to defeat the Avengers and take over their mansion. The Masters of Evil give a good fight, and all I'll say about the plot is that things are dicey for the Avengers.

As villains, the Masters of Evil are worthy foes. One point I would make though, is that they aren't exactly evil. They aren't killing old women and hiding the bodies, or kidnapping kids and asking for ransom. They're a few steps above mischief rather than being downright evil, sort of like any Scooby Do villain.

If watching the film has made you want to read the books, or you are just looking for a superhero comic to get into, you can’t do much better than picking up Avengers, and the Under Siege story is definitely our favourite.

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