Avengers: Standoff eBook å Hardcover

Avengers: Standoff eBook å Hardcover

Avengers: Standoff ❮PDF / Epub❯ ★ Avengers: Standoff ✓ Author Nick Spencer – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk On his th anniversary, Captain America is about to face a challenge unlike any other Prepare for an assault onPleasant Hill Three shield wielders past and present Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes and Sam Wi On his th anniversary, Captain America is about to face a challenge unlike any other Prepare for an assault onPleasant Hill Three shield wielders past and present Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson find themselves in a standoff, with high and very personal stakes And this tense conflict quickly escalates out of control, drawing in several Avengers teams But it all begins in the small town of Pleasant Hill An idyllic community with friendly neighborsand a terrible, dark secret What is going on behind Pleasant Hill s closed doors, and how will Captain America react Collecting WELCOME TO PLEASANT HILL PROLOGUE , ASSAULT ON PLEASANT HILL ALPHA , AGENTS OF SHIELD, UNCANNY AVENGERS , ALL NEW, ALL DIFFERENT AVENGERS, NEW AVENGERS, CAPTAIN AMERICA SAM WILSON, UNCANNY AVENGERS , ILLUMINATI , HOWLING COMMANDOS , ASSAULT ON PLEASANT HILL OMEGA.


10 thoughts on “Avengers: Standoff

  1. Anne Anne says:

    The first issue wasn t bad, but it was sort of hit or miss from there on out.Warning SpoilersSo one of my first reactions to this was just this mindless rage that Secret Wars hadn t cured Captain America of his oldness So Fucking Annoying.I mean, I just assumed that was the entire reason they were rebooting the Marvel universe You know, to fix the egregious error made when whatever asshat decided it was a good idea to have Steve Rogers lose the Super Soldier serumthingy, get depowered, a The first issue wasn t bad, but it was sort of hit or miss from there on out.Warning SpoilersSo one of my first reactions to this was just this mindless rage that Secret Wars hadn t cured Captain America of his oldness So Fucking Annoying.I mean, I just assumed that was the entire reason they were rebooting the Marvel universe You know, to fix the egregious error made when whatever asshat decided it was a good idea to have Steve Rogers lose the Super Soldier serumthingy, get depowered, age like a motherfucker, and start griping about these loud kids with their rock n roll.Awesome Fix it And then I see that he s still OLD If this hadn t been a loaner from the library, I probably would have tossed it out the window.And it s a good thing I didn t Ok, so for those of you like me who come slightly unhinged when your favorite superheroes get fucked with, then there s at least one thing about Standoff that ll make you happy CAP IS BACK And, really, that s sort of the main thing that comes out of this one.Well, besides the cosmic cube girl, Kobik, who was apparently used later to futz with Captain Americayet again And we all know how well that went over with fans, don t weview spoiler hide spoiler The rest of the story is ok.Maria Hill has overstepped her bounds as S.H.I.E.L.D director surprise , and against orders used a unique cosmic cube to mind wipe villains, making them believe that they renice.Then she stuck them all in a fake town, changed their physical appearances see above cosmic cube , and gave them cutsie jobs.Shockingly, it worked out well Everyone was thrilled with their new lives, nothing went wrong, and they all grew fat and old together.Or something like thatAlright I thought this was a bit on the long winded side The story sort of meandered around, and the only thing of real interest to me was the part where the Cosmic Kid ironed out Cap s wrinkles.Not horrible, not great Kinda sorta ok


  2. Terence Terence says:

    What is the biggest problem facing law enforcement in the Marvel UniverseIt s certainly not capturing villains because that seems to happen every issue It s not having a place to put them, because Marvel has all kinds of prisons with cool names like The Raft The biggest problem is keeping villains in prison Marvel s jails are pretty much a turnstile as offending villains are back on the streets in an instant My solution would be super hero prison guards or even anti hero prison guardsWhat is the biggest problem facing law enforcement in the Marvel UniverseIt s certainly not capturing villains because that seems to happen every issue It s not having a place to put them, because Marvel has all kinds of prisons with cool names like The Raft The biggest problem is keeping villains in prison Marvel s jails are pretty much a turnstile as offending villains are back on the streets in an instant My solution would be super hero prison guards or even anti hero prison guards Knowing The Punisher is sitting at a crazy vantage point with a sniper rifle and a missile launcher might dissuade people from escaping Maria Hill had another thought altogether.SHIELD Director Hill s plan was to use a cosmic cube to change unwanted circumstances These plans were leaked to the publicand the Kobik project was shut downIt was supposed to be at least Bucky Barnes the current man on the wall, a role inherited from Nick Fury Sr., is shocked to learn there s a cosmic threat to Earth on Earth He investigates and learns SHIELD has a sentient cosmic cube.He alerts Commander Steve Rogers while The Whisperer is alerting current Captain America Sam Wilson Let s say all is not as was expected as Maria Hill used Kobik to transform supervillains into ordinary people and housed them in a SHIELD operated town called Pleasant Hill Of course nothing could ever go wrong with that planAvengers Standoff is a strange mixture for a volume The premise makes sense as supervillains always break out of jail so transforming them into non violent members of a small town makes a lot of senseassuming they won t execute anyone The oddest part to me was the weak attempt at humor The author pushed hard for some laughs, but it fell short Another strange part is that the sentient cosmic cube assumed the form of a four year old girl which should of been an immediate flag I have a daughter who is past the age of four and relying on her to handle all the bad guys would be a mistake Four can be an emotionally volatile ageat least for my daughter Anyway things have to go wrong which they spectacularly do.On a positive I did eventually enjoy seeing all the Avengers teams cooperating I was surprised seeing that Iron Man remained basically silent throughout since he s become a major figure head largely due to his prominence in the MCU Avengers Standoff was solid, but far from being overly memorable I m glad I read it, but I m sure I won t read it again


  3. Sam Quixote Sam Quixote says:

    I originally reviewed Avengers Standoff as two volumes because in Brit land the publisher decided to cut the event in half for artistic reasons Just kidding, it was for the filthy lucre Anyways, both reviews, which cover the complete stinky event, are below enjoy Avengers Standoff Volume 1 1 starWelcome to Pleasant Hill, a perfect, 1950s style small town complete with its own malt shop straight out of Archie The people here are friendly, Mayor Maria Hill is organising fun events like th I originally reviewed Avengers Standoff as two volumes because in Brit land the publisher decided to cut the event in half for artistic reasons Just kidding, it was for the filthy lucre Anyways, both reviews, which cover the complete stinky event, are below enjoy Avengers Standoff Volume 1 1 starWelcome to Pleasant Hill, a perfect, 1950s style small town complete with its own malt shop straight out of Archie The people here are friendly, Mayor Maria Hill is organising fun events like the forthcoming air show, Dr Erik Selvig keeps everyone healthy, and nothing bad ever seems to happen But the community seems a little too idyllic for some And the residents can t ever leave or remember much of their pasts what the Jiminy Cricket is going on I ll say spoilsies from here on out because the mystery of Pleasant Hill is about the only halfway interesting aspect of this otherwise flat, smelly comic So Avengers Standoff is the event book that takes place between Secret Wars and Civil War II and, as per usual with these kind of comics, it s not very good With Pleasant Hill, Maria Hill s basically constructed a different kind of prison for repeat offenders by using fragments of a cosmic cube Marvel s version of a magic wand though they have those too It wipes the prisoners minds, gives them new identities and appearances, and keeps them out of trouble The Avengers aren t pleased that Maria s doing this and the story becomes Avengers vs SHIELD Part of why I couldn t get into this one is that I don t really see a whole lot wrong with what Maria Hill s up to Cap and the others see Pleasant Hill as a kind of Guantanamo Bay which is just ridiculous The inmates aren t being tortured and prisoners like Crusher Creel and Baron Zemo are definitely mass murderers rather than suspects they re also the only ones I could identify Trapster, Moonstone, Fixer, Nitro, the Wrecker anyone The traditional jails they ve previously been in have basically been revolving doors and Pleasant Hill a far nicer jail than any other in the world is an experiment to see if a glimpse into a normal life could change them for the better I mean, that s better than just sticking them in the Raft again only for them to break out in a few months and the cycle to reset again, right I suppose it s doing stuff against their will but that s prison in a nutshell, isn t it I can understand being worried that Maria Hill s just doing whatever with the cosmic cube though because there s no oversight there and she could do anything Even if all she s done is create a different jail for SHIELD s prisoners and there s no indication that she ll go further later down the line It s a flimsy setup that doesn t make for an exciting read Most of the book is different groups fighting SHIELD, like AIM the beekeeper villains who are suddenly good guys for some reason, and the New Avengers One fight scene between SHIELD and the New Avengers is repeated twice, word for word, beat for beat, but drawn by two different artists, and it wasn t interesting the first time Al Ewing s definitely a huge Pacific Rim fan because there s a big fight scene between an AIM Jaegar robot and a SHIELD Kaiju creature called American Kaiju he has an American flag on his chest and is obviously a metaphor for SHIELD in this story a supposedly out of control monster Real subtle, Al I feel like Marvel thought about commenting on Snowden and Assange through Rick Jones who s the whistleblower on Pleasant Hill but they don t have anything to say about it here Like a lot of things in this story it s another useless dead end Then again Marvel don t really have much of anything with Avengers Standoff It s just a badly thought out, half baked story almost no aspect of which is remotely compelling The mystery at the start is sort of intriguing before it ends up becoming the usual dreary slug fest between dull characters.The first volume the UK publisher chopped the story into two volumes because money of Avengers Standoff shows why almost no one read this event book it s booooring Nobody really cares about SHIELD even with their weak attempt at seeming interesting by turning evil Avengers Standoff Volume 2 1 starSuperheroes are integrated into Pleasant Hill alongside supervillains which can only mean one thing big pointless battle Sigh Avengers Standoff ends as poorly as it started There are way, way too many issues in this event for such a weak story Nearly every issue in this final volume is characters realising that Pleasant Hill and their identities aren t what they think It s so boring and repetitive It was old by the end of the first issue in the first volume, it s not getting anyfresh at this point in the event Zemo once again falls into the generic supervillain template mould complete with unoriginal motivation I m gonna take over the world, wahahahaha and it s not in the least bit interesting seeing characters fight over and over throughout The big moment is a literal Deus ex Machina that was something everyone was expecting to happen to this character sooner or later view spoiler Old Steve Rogers gets young again hide spoiler The ending is one big nothing One character is supposedly going to be punished, and Rick Jones whistleblowing fizzles out A garbage ending for a garbage event Marvel have done it again


  4. Chad Chad says:

    S.H.I.E.L.D has created a new prison where they wipe criminals minds Sam Wilson and Bucky found out about it and decide to do something about it Things spiral out of control from there This felt really disjointed Things would happen in one issue, then it would jump to another book and there would be huge jumps in plot in between Editorial really needed to sit down with the writers to create acohesive story Plus one of the issues in the collected volume is out of order chronologicall S.H.I.E.L.D has created a new prison where they wipe criminals minds Sam Wilson and Bucky found out about it and decide to do something about it Things spiral out of control from there This felt really disjointed Things would happen in one issue, then it would jump to another book and there would be huge jumps in plot in between Editorial really needed to sit down with the writers to create acohesive story Plus one of the issues in the collected volume is out of order chronologically Events in the book occurred like 5 issues before in another book It had potential but felt bungled


  5. Gianfranco Mancini Gianfranco Mancini says:

    3,5 stars read as individual issues.Absolutely not the best Marvel crossover ever, but still not the worst one view spoiler I liked a lot the premise it was like Cabin in the woods meets the Avengers You can t believe it Watch that awesome horror movie and then read Avengers Standoff Assault on Pleasant Hill Alpha 1.At the end this event is just another great battle royale and the return of old good Steve Rogers as a young Cap was phoned since the previous page with the introduc 3,5 stars read as individual issues.Absolutely not the best Marvel crossover ever, but still not the worst one view spoiler I liked a lot the premise it was like Cabin in the woods meets the Avengers You can t believe it Watch that awesome horror movie and then read Avengers Standoff Assault on Pleasant Hill Alpha 1.At the end this event is just another great battle royale and the return of old good Steve Rogers as a young Cap was phoned since the previous page with the introduction of Kobik, but the execution and Acuna s drawings were so good that they gave me chills Still not like how the new Marvel continuity is a messy mix of the old one, the MCU, Agents of S.h.i.e.l.d tv series and something out from the Marvel Avengers Alliance FB game really , but luckly there are a lot of good things here The internet addicted Rick Jones and his bag of tricks were really epic And the references to old Marvel stories Thing armour and Chemistro s gunning away his foot made me want to find those oldcomics and read them again.Kraven s kid trap and the groundskeeper Willie Simpsons reference made me laugh to tears At last we have a new Quasar and she seems an interesting character Let s see.Last but not least. The American Kaiju When Nuke drink too many gamma pym particles Lizard formula cocktails this is the result XD hide spoiler After all it was a good reading and made me want to readAll New Marvel Comics series.I ll give them a try for sure


  6. Michael Hicks Michael Hicks says:

    Picking on some threads from the opening arc of Sam Wilson Captain America, the all new, all different Marvel Comics launches its first big crossover event only a few months after the conclusion of its previous big crossover event, Secret Wars.In Sam Wilson Captain America, writer Nick Spencer introduced a Wikileaks style hack against the super spy agency SHIELD that resulted in The Whisperer releasing classified data about the Kobik project The hack leads Wilson, as well previous Captain Ame Picking on some threads from the opening arc of Sam Wilson Captain America, the all new, all different Marvel Comics launches its first big crossover event only a few months after the conclusion of its previous big crossover event, Secret Wars.In Sam Wilson Captain America, writer Nick Spencer introduced a Wikileaks style hack against the super spy agency SHIELD that resulted in The Whisperer releasing classified data about the Kobik project The hack leads Wilson, as well previous Captain America s Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes, and the various Avengers teams to the idyllic town of Pleasant Hill, where the secrets surrounding Kobik are revealed.In general, I m not a fan of Marvel s insistence on one giant event after giant event after giant event after giant event after Following the relaunch of Marvel Comics post Secret Wars, this event lands a whopping six issues into the current status quo Some, like Agents of SHIELD, are in the middle of their opening story arc with writers forced to contend with a crossover event shoehorned into issues three and four of their big, new launch It s a bit distracting to have this event serving as a B plot to the larger, and largely disconnected, A story for that particular book And since this event ran across numerous titles, there s an awful lot of recapping over the course of this collected edition, and certain story elements that just feel like padding a Kaiju attack, for instance.That said, this was a lot of fun to read Pleasant Hill is basically SHIELD snefarious version of Guantanamo and there s some good, if also somewhat half hearted, explorations of the ethics behind the Kobik project Having a character like The Whisperer operating in the Marvel Universe is a welcome addition and it adds a nifty new perspective to the political landscape an obvious parallel to our own our heroes operate within There s also a fair amount of foreshadowing for what s ahead of us here And if you know Marvel at all, you ll also know this event is a stepping stone toward not one, but twoupcoming events A lot of the books involved here look like they re getting an entire month s reprieve before getting dragged headlong into Civil War II Yeesh


  7. Chris Lemmerman Chris Lemmerman says:

    For the 75th Anniversary of Captain America, Nick Spencer got to helm a massive crossover event that ultimately restored Steve Rogers to the role of Captain America Of course, as with any massive crossover, it had multiple tie ins, all of which are collected here and vary in quality.Welcome To Pleasant Hill Prologue 1, Assault on Pleasant Hill Alpha 1, Assault on Pleasant Hill Omega 1, Captain America Sam Wilson 7 8These issues constitute the majority of the storyline, with the bulk of the For the 75th Anniversary of Captain America, Nick Spencer got to helm a massive crossover event that ultimately restored Steve Rogers to the role of Captain America Of course, as with any massive crossover, it had multiple tie ins, all of which are collected here and vary in quality.Welcome To Pleasant Hill Prologue 1, Assault on Pleasant Hill Alpha 1, Assault on Pleasant Hill Omega 1, Captain America Sam Wilson 7 8These issues constitute the majority of the storyline, with the bulk of the actual story beats taking place here The idea of Pleasant Hill is pretty solid using a sentient Cosmic Cube in the shape of a little girl named Kobik, SHIELD have been brainwashing villains and placing them in a suburban town where they can live out their lives without murdering people Of course, it all goes wrong when Baron Zemo recovers from his brainwashing and sets out to destroy Pleasant Hill from the inside If you didn t read any of the tie ins, these issues are the main ones you should bother reading They re also the best in terms of artwork, with Mark Bagley, Daniel Acuna, and Angel Unzueta drawing them all.Agents of SHIELD 3 4Sigh This is how not to do tie ins Standoff barely factors into these two issues, and they actually re tell half a storyline that reappears in New Avengers later in the volume, word for word The art is fairly bog standard, if inoffensive from German Peralta, but these are tie ins in name only, and will likely make no sense without the context of the other issues of the series.Uncanny Avengers 7 8, All New All Different Avengers 7 8These four issues areof a mini arc within Standoff itself as the two teams are drawn to Pleasant Hill by mysterious twin Maria Hills, and find themselves under Kobik s influence and assimilated into Pleasant Hill itself This ends a little too quick, as if they re mostly just being forced into Standoff by editorial mandate Oh, wait Still, solid if unremarkable, especially for such good writers as Mark Waid and Gerry Duggan.New Avengers 8 10This, like Agents of SHIELD, barely ties into Standoff, instead stealing away the Whisperer character and trying to protect him It also deals with another storyline that has been bubbling for a while in the pages of its own series as SHIELD takes on the New Avengers, leading to a battle between the American Kaiju think patriotic Godzilla and a giant Avengers Megazord You can t make this stuff up It s excellent storytelling, but again is barely Standoff related It should make you want to go read New Avengers though, because that s awesome.Illuminati 6This issue looksat the fall out of Pleasant Hill than the actual goings on, as Absorbing Man deals with the fact he fell in love with another character instead of his wife Titania I expect this plays out better in the main series, so this little snippet doesn t really work on its own Some nice sketchy art from Mike Henderson though.Howling Commandos of SHIELD 6Howling Commandos as a concept should be great SHIELD sanctioned monsters fighting other supernatural threats Instead, it was kind of a non starter of a series with the blandest 1 I d read in a while, so I didn t bother reading the rest, despite the potential The fact that this issue is both a Standoff tie in and the finale of the series means it has a lot to do in terms of story, tying in and wrapping up at the same time The focus on Orrgo is different, but it s an ultimately unsatisfying issue since you re not invested in any of the characters reading just one issue, and knowing that the cliffhanger ending is never followed up just leaves a bad taste in your mouth.So Standoff is, of course, a mixed bag The Standoff story itself is great, but some of the tie ins are poor or unnecessary Your mileage may vary.Oh Standoff does resurrect the original Thunderbolts concept however, so that s a point in its favour


  8. Paul Paul says:

    A lot of what is happening in the current Secret Empire storyline had its foundation in this mini series I wanted somebackground to enjoy the current event.


  9. James James says:

    3.25 stars After being told not to and saying that she destroyed them, Maria Hill in secret goes forth with her plan with the cosmic cube fragments anyway They fuse them together and they become sentient in the form of a 4 year old girl They take this town and turn it into a prison by using the girls power over reality to make the super villains believe they are different people living peacefully in this small town But of course one villain breaks free of the falsehood and frees others Shit 3.25 stars After being told not to and saying that she destroyed them, Maria Hill in secret goes forth with her plan with the cosmic cube fragments anyway They fuse them together and they become sentient in the form of a 4 year old girl They take this town and turn it into a prison by using the girls power over reality to make the super villains believe they are different people living peacefully in this small town But of course one villain breaks free of the falsehood and frees others Shit goes down after that.The stuff by Spencer, Welcome to pleasant hill, the alpha, the omega and the Captain America issues is the heart of the plot and the best parts of this story The tie ins are hit or miss But I did think it was bad and lacked imagination how in the one issue forgot which one exacty it was a direct bite off the Pacific Rim movie I was like really They even pilot the giant robot the exact same way they do in the movieAll in all it was entertaining enough just to get a slight edge over 3 stars to get the 3.25 rating Not the best but solid


  10. Rick Rick says:

    I have to admit that I ve not been very impressed with Marvel s track record on their crossover events But having said that, I d did enjoy Jonathan Hickman s Secret Wars DC has, in my opinion, an even worse track record, but that s a whole other tangent So I thought I d give this new crossover event a swing and see what happens It is exactly what I expected it would be a mess Granted it s a well done mess Marvel s has had there fair share of real whoppers of steaming dren piles Secret W I have to admit that I ve not been very impressed with Marvel s track record on their crossover events But having said that, I d did enjoy Jonathan Hickman s Secret Wars DC has, in my opinion, an even worse track record, but that s a whole other tangent So I thought I d give this new crossover event a swing and see what happens It is exactly what I expected it would be a mess Granted it s a well done mess Marvel s has had there fair share of real whoppers of steaming dren piles Secret Wars II X Men Inferno X Men The Fall of the Mutants, etc But this one has some interesting subject matter beyond just the usual let s throw all our characters into a insanely poorly developed excuse for a crossover just to makemoney What is so interesting is that the use of a dealing with criminals as presented here This methodology is not new, in fact it is fascinatingly similar to the methods developed by and employed so effectively by the character Doc Savage all the way back in the 1930s Sure, this method has been updated and modernized for comic book readers as much as it has been reworked to function within the context of Marvel s pseudo science Nothing wrong there, it just makes the implications of the story that muchdisturbing So there was lot s of potential in the opening chapters unfortunately the wrap up is littlethan a loosely thrown together package that only leaves as much teasing about the next big threat read crossover as it does tying narrative threads together This was a good effort, and a solid if predictable read for fans of the Marvel Now Universe, but there isn t much of interest for outside readers to get excited about


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