This Week in Comics: ‘Avengers No Road Home’ and Creating a Story with Lesser Known Characters

A little over a year ago, one of my favorite events happened at Marvel. The Avengers’ films are hugely successful and Marvel decided to make sure any movie viewer was able to find an Avenger book that met their taste. There were a ton of Avenger related titles, each book having a team centered around specific genres. It eventually became too much, so there was an announcement that the books would be coming to an end, but it would end in a weekly series titled, Avengers: No Surrender. I plan to write about that series in a separate article, but to sum it up, it was a fantastic series.

A weekly series is a huge task, most ongoing series are about once a month, in order to give artists breathing room and make sure writers are telling good stories. What this series did, is they had three writers and artists on the series, allowing collaboration and timely release of the book.

That same team is re-uniting again for the new book, Avengers: No Road Home.

Al Ewing, Jim Zub, Mark Waid, Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco, and Jesus Aburtov have come together to tell another weekly series starring some of our lesser known Avengers. There is only one ongoing Avengers title coming out, so this book was a little unexpected. The first book this team worked on, was needed to close out some of the many titles that were coming out (Which, if you are a collector, it’s much harder to buy five series as opposed to one), but this book is really just the team coming together telling a good story.

The original ‘No Surrender’ book highlighted the lesser known characters from the different teams, which was a really exciting thing to see. You’re not going to see a Living Lightening solo book, but the team brought this z-list character to the forefront and had some fun.

The new ongoing book, Avengers: No Road Home, begins with a simple premise. Hercules is on earth, and is reminiscing his adventures on Olympus. Very rarely do we have Marvel stories about Olympus when Thor and Asgard are so much tied into the DNA of Marvel Comics. We get. We have this story but there is a sudden darkness over the sky, cut to the character of Voyager, who debuted in ‘No Surrender,’ gathering a team of Avengers because of an attack on Olympus. That is the non-spoiler set-up for this new series, with obviously more character exploration in this first issue.

The cool thing about this book, is that we get a chance to have a compelling story with characters who are not well known. The team includes, Hercules, Rocket Racoon, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Spectrum, Blue Marvel, Toni Ho, The Hulk, and Voyager. With the exception of a few characters, it will be a long time before we see some of these characters in a Marvel movie. That’s what is so fun about the book, we get a chance to read about characters that don’t have a huge spotlight, and explore their development. The writers know what they are doing, and the combo of these characters are being put together for a reason.

I would definitely recommend this book if you are a fan of the Avengers and want to get to know some characters not in the movies. The book makes me feel like this is a blockbuster movie that has action and character weaved throughout. It’s a great comic book. Check it out and pick it up at your local comic shop. Just for fun, here is the digital code for this issue one:

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Be sure to subscribe to this book too, as it is a weekly comic, so don’t get behind!

Some books to check out this coming week:

Guardians of the Galaxy #2

Uncanny X-Men #12

That’s all for this week! Be sure to give some claps and head to your local comic shop!

-Joshua Thomas