The Avengers franchise is what made Marvel Studios the completely dominant force in comic based entertainment. The way they streamlined Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and other characters into an expansive universe that also includes television shows like Daredevil and Agents Of SHIELD is something that has never been achieved before in motion picture entertainment.
The Avengers continuity, even without including the individual characters is supremely daunting. So, I’ve put together a chronology of some of the best Avengers related books that are currently or were recently available in collected editions (the recently available are still around for pretty cheap on various online outlets and in bookstores) into ten TV seasons.
Last season ended with an almost out of control three cosmic battles. It’s hard to imagine how this season could have more cosmic consequences, and more at stake without tossing in the DC Universe, too. But that will never hap---oh, ok.
Cosmic Scavenger Hunt, anyone?
art by Ed Benes
Season 2: Crossing Worlds
(showrunners Kurt Busiek and Geoff Johns)
Serial 1: Avengers Epic Coll Operation Galactic Storm
(written and with art by many)
The Sh’iar and The Kree go to war, and, of course, The Avengers are caught in the middle.
Galactic Storm. 3 episodes
Serial 2: JLA/Avengers
(written by Kurt Busiek with art by George Perez)
Yeup. DC’s greatest heroes and Marvel’s greatest heroes collide as we get a typical cosmic entity presents heroes with a quest to save their universe. It’s only fun because you get to hear what DC heroes think of Marvel 616, and Marvel characters react to DC’s Earth One. It’s otherwise a pretty typical tale of betrayal, finding understandings, and saving the day. It did take twenty-five years between when Perez started working on the first issue and when DC and Marvel finally got it together and release the final issue, though
JLA Avengers. 3 episodes
Serial 3: Avengers Citizen Kang
(written by Roy Thomas and Mark Gruenwald, art by Larry Alexander, Geof Isherwood, and Herb Trimpe)
An entire town goes missing in Wisconsin, as does The Vision. The Fantastic Four and the Avengers team up to try and find him, and the town. Of course, Kang is involved, so things are about to get weird.er.
Citizen Kang. 2 episodes
Serial 3: Avengers Supreme Justice
(written by Kurt Busiek, art by George Perez)
Scaling things back just a bit. What if a similar story happened between The Avengers and The Squadron Supreme. Of course, The Kree are involved, too. And Carol Danvers just doesn’t feel as important as she wishes she was. Be patient, Carol, your time is coming.
Supreme Justice. 2 episodes
Episode 11: Marvel Boy
(written by Grant Morrison, art by JG Jones)
One of the Kree’s greatest weapons is a child named Noh-Varr who crashes on Earth, only to be abducted for his technology. The way he is handled by Earth’s heroes might be a terrible mistake.
Noh-Varr. 1 episode
Serial 3: Avenger World Trust, Avengers Standoff, Avengers Red Zone
(written by Geoff Johns, Dan Jurgens, and Mike Grell, art by Keiron Dwyer, Rick Remender, Gary Frank, Jon Sibal, Alan Davis, Ivan Reis, and Oliver Coipel)
After some Kang-centric shenanigans, The government decides to make The Avengers an official task force, as opposed to Nick Fury and SHIELD’s secret friends. But how will the nation react to The Avengers becoming sanctioned American superheroes? Plus, Jack Of Hearts has custody issues. Thor gets reprimanded by Secretary Of Defense, Tony Stark, and a familiar terrorist releases chemical warfare at Mount Rushmore.
World Trust. 5 episodes
Serial 4: The Search For She-Hulk
(written by Geoff Johns, art by Scott Kollins and Stephen Sadowski)
Jack Of Hearts searches for purpose, Ant-Man tries to patch things up with Wasp, and both The Avengers and The Hulk try to help She-Hulk with her rage issues. And someone totally dies (but not anyone most people remember).
What Happens In Vegas. 2 episodes
Serial 5: Avengers Disassembled
(written by Brian Michael Bendis, art by David Finch)
Dead Avengers come back to life, only to immediately die again. Kree attack. She Hulk goes even crazier. The Avengers mansion is burned to the ground. One drunk slip by an Avenger causes all hell to reign down on them, and they’re going to have to seriously rebuild if they’re going to remain a team.
Disassembled. 2 episodes
This season falls apart at 20 episodes
Interseason Special: Jessica Jones Alias (AKA Jessica Jones) Vols 1-3
(written by Brian Michael Bendis, art by Michael Gaydos)
A small-time New York City detective specializing in superhuman affairs used to be an Avenger named Jewel (no, she didn’t live in her car and put out a popular folk-pop album in the 90s). This story is also part of my Daredevil continuity because it plays a big part in his story, but she also has a relationship with Luke Cage that’s going to make her an important part of this continuity, as well.