There are a lot of characters in the Marvel universe I want to find out more about, but don’t always have the option to. Some of them I found don’t have their own series for a reason. Spider-Woman has been a curiosity for me lately. Admittedly, I know next to nothing about her. I didn’t want to go back to her original series from the late 70’s so when I found out that Bendis and Maleev teamed up on a miniseries, I knew I had to check it out. Loving their Daredevil run as much as I did, I couldn’t wait to see them in action together again.
Tonight I write to you on the eve of the last issue of the latest Marvel Crossover, Avengers vs X-Men. In case you have not read it up to this point, I’ll fill in the blanks somewhat vaguely so not to spoil much (unless you’ve been living under a rock) so you can go check it out for yourself. Basically AvX has been building for quite some time, some might even say that its been building for the past 6 or 7 years. So I plan to go way on back and then bring us back to current day. If you already know all about the Merry Mutants and the World Mightiest Heroes, then click here to jump to the AvX info.
In the ’60s, Marvel (‘a la Stan Lee and friends) produced a shit ton of new books to reinvent their universe. One of those books was The Avengers and the other was The Uncanny X-Men. Avengers was a little nerds best friend. For the price of 1 comic book, they could see all of the big guns in one books together. Marvel saw what DC was doing with the Justice League and decided to make their own book like that. Team-ups always worked well, so why not a book about a team of superstars? It started out with Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Ant Man, and The Wasp. Wasp coined the team name because she thought it sounded dramatic. By the second issue there was a shake-up in the roster, Ant Man adopted the Giant Man personality and Hulk left because he felt that the rest were scared of him. Then issue 4 came out and The Avengers roster changed once again by adding Captain America to the team, basically using the whole man out of time thing that we all know, believe, and love. Cap was given the status of founding member of the team and everything seemed hunky-dory, until he resigned and they had to get some new teammates in the form of ex-villains: Quicksilver, The Scarlet Witch, and Hawkeye. The Avengers went on to battle tons of baddies and Cap eventually returned. The rosters changed, but they were always looked at as the super team in the Marvel U. The X-Men…not so much. In the beginning, Xavier got a bunch of high school kids together that were different to learn how to use their powers. These kids were born with the mutant X-Gene, and his name was Xavier, so lets call them X-Men…it was the ’60s, no-one questioned it. Anywho, good ‘ol Uncanny almost got axed a couple times and in 1970 stopped producing new issues at #66. 9 months later they turned it into a bi-monthly reprint magazine for the next five years….no way to treat the Children of the Atom.