Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
Phase One: Marvel’s The Avengers by Alex Irvine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)
With the help of his extraterrestrial army, Loki means to conquer and enslave planet Earth. It’ll take the superheroes gathered by Nick Fury, the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., to thwart Loki’s plans. But Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye must discover something about themselves first in The Avengers, adapted by Alex Irvine.
So as not to break the chronological flow in my progress as I go back and watch some of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, I’m reading certain books written from the screenplays. Doesn’t matter that the books are targeted at kids, since I do enjoy middle grade reads from time to time.
Having previously read Captain America: The First Avenger, also adapted by this author, I was ready for the flow, tone, and even the occasional corn in this book. It’s all fitting.
The story is good, meaningful fun, with parts that got me laughing and other parts where I felt for the characters. Sure, you can tell some of the content is toned down for young readers (I even would’ve liked a little of the language toned down a smidge more, though there’s no profanity), but this isn’t an oversimplified, pat-on-the-head adaptation. The adventure isn’t too complicated, but there’s still enough depth and intrigue to keep it interesting.
I guess, apart from The Incredibles, I didn’t imagine before this year how much heart and life-affirmation I might find in action/superhero stories. This one has got some great moments. And I’ll admit that seeing the Avengers eventually become, you know, The Avengers–yeah, that got me pumped.