By TJ Dietsch
“And there came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth's mightiest heroes and heroines found themselves united against a common threat. On that day, the Avengers were born—to fight the foes no single super hero could withstand!”
Each Friday Marvel.com will present a different column focusing on the one and only Avengers. From line-ups to costumes to villains to classic stories and beyond, we’ve got you covered on the history of Marvel’s most prolific team of heroes!
So let the call go out: Avengers Assemble!
After writing award winning stage plays like “Love Is Dead: a NecRomantic Musical Comedy,” James Asmus created a series of back-ups in X-Men books before moving on to pen “Escape From the Negative Zone” early this year running through the UNCANNY X-MEN, STEVE ROGERS: SUPER SOLDIER and NAMOR: THE FIRST MUTANTS annuals. In November he takes over GENERATION HOPE and come December will be teaming up with Ed Brubaker on an arc of CAPTAIN AMERICA & BUCKY.
With such a wealth of characters already under his belt, we wanted to know Asmus’ favorites among Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
“This was hard,” he says. “There [are] a lot of characters I love to choose from, but I ultimately made my picks based on how I feel about them being Avengers. So here we go...”
5. Captain America
“I know that, since I'm actually writing him right now, it may be shocking to place him so low, even in a top five out of tons of characters. But truthfully, my favorite Cap stories tend to be his solo stories away from the Avengers. Still, he's a huge part of why the Avengers inspire regular folks in the Marvel Universe, and us creators.
4. Photon/Monica Rambeau
“Underrated! She's a fantastically powerful, but a level-headed and humane character. Maybe she hasn't been crazy enough to fuel a lot of interest, but I love how down-to-earth and relatable she is. In fact, that might be a theme in my choices.”
3. Squirrel Girl
“The sweetest, silliest, and most non-threatening Avenger of all time, but also the one that illustrates what I love about the Marvel Universe: a character [that] might have been intended as a slight joke on the fringes of this shared universe built up and explored by other fantastically talented creators! Plus, it proves you can never fully anticipate where things are headed.”
“I know a lot of folks think of him as an
“Two reasons: [first], he was the character who hooked me deepest in the first Avengers comic I ever read. [Also], he is a regular guy just like you or me—okay, but with abs—who earns his place among gods and powerhouses. I lied. Three reasons—he jokes. And I always love someone who jokes in the face of an apocalypse”