Notes on my AVENGERS finale, from deep in the heart of Bohemia
Hey Jason. Looooooooong time Avengers reader (I'm 48 and became a fan in the mid-1980s with Roger Stern's run) here. So not sure how you'll feel about this, but I'm ending my Avengers collection with your run. I'm at a point where I need to cut back on buying new comics for practical reasons. BUT more to the point, I really feel your run is the PERFECT one to end on. If the Avengers has been a 60 year old soap opera/epic, this is a good mic drop for the concept/title. You took a key Marvel U team and mashed it together with some of the best characters/concepts old and new (Celestials, Squadron Supreme, Blade, Man-Thing, Deathlock, Starbrand, Dr. Doom, Mephisto, Moon Knight, Dracula, Galactus, Gorilla Man, Kazar, the Russian heroes, Namor, the Phoenix). You also did one of my favorite things, which is to ADD to the roster and make it an interesting group of heroes and not just the regulars. As a Stern-era fan, I have a big soft spot for Dr. Druid, the Black Knight, Namor, Hercules and Star Fox. So seeing you shake things up these last few months was great. And thank you for redeeming Namor as well. I was a little upset with you when you first introduced him to the book, but man you gave him a satisfying arc and it was great to have him affiliated with the Avengers again. Heck, you even at least acknowledged Jarvis even if I would have liked to see him dusting around the Celestial... Also thank you for the fun and the heroism. Several years back I was going to jump off the title after Hickman's run because I figured it can't get bigger. And although I enjoyed that period of the title, it got DARK toward the end in the run up to Secret Wars and it wasn't really the story I'd hoped to end my Avengers collection on. But, as I said, yours is just such a good "finale" (yes, I know the book is continuing under a new creative team) so, again, THANK YOU and best wishes. - Brian
Excellent thoughts and an inspiring perspective. The real star may be those shoes. It’s time I burned what little I make writing on a pair with actual color.
I’ve loved your stuff since high school, by the way. It’s been awesome seeing people catch on.
I'm so glad you like my hometown. To me, everything here looks and feels so ordinary. It's nice to see the beauty of it through different eyes.
I hope you're having a really good time.
Almost cried reading this news letter... like a send off with a new beginning. Thank you for the awesome avengers run, and as always looking forward to what's next.
Thank you for the incredible Avengers run!! Can’t wait to see what you do next!!
Its the end of era for me. I had given up ln reading avengers books until you started writing them. Thank you for making me a fan again. I look forward to the future books, especially if you're going into more creator owned stuff. Also, these pictures are gorgeous! I never knew Prague had so much beauty. I have to assume the "spank my purple pineapple monkey ass" is your chosen drink, though the Zombie sounds tasty.
thank you for these beautiful words and pictures (that manhole! those sneakers! great photos!) and congrats on epic runs upon and within epic runs! continuing to look forward to all that you create!
I thought Skalpy was a dermatitis treatment. I have read some of the similarly titled Scalped, though I never found out how it ended as the library didn’t have the full set.
BTW I’m reasonably sure there were no comic shops in Prague when I visited it. Not only was it still the capital of a country called Czechoslovakia but the border guards who came on the train examined reading material. I suspect many of your titles would have been confiscated.
Great pictures and how was the “spank my purple pineapple monkey ass”?