Review for Marvel: Avengers Assembly #1: Orientation

Review for Marvel: Avengers Assembly #1: Orientation

Orientation. Squirrel Girl, Spiderman, Ms. Marvel, Superheroes, Superpowers, Action, Children's Books, Illustrations, Girls, Boy, Costumes, Avengers, MarvelMarvel: Avengers Assembly, Book 1, Preeti Chhibber, James LancettMs. Marvel is here to learn all about being a hero and she meets friends and foes along the way!

So I am not a big fan of Marvel (or DC), there is just too much and some other reasons.. But there are things I do love, like children’s books full with superheroes, some which I recognise, some I don’t. Haha. I have to be honest and say that while there are a lot of reference to heroes, baddies, and Marvel stuff, as long as you know some basics (like I do) you will be fine.

This book looked just too much fun, and now that I finished it I can tell you it was superfun! We see how Ms Marvel gets an invitation to the Avengers Institute! She can follow lessons there after school (RIP that girl, superheroing, school, and then superhero school as well). I loved that the way the kids from all over could go to the same school, that is quite an interesting way! We read about various lessons, about the preparations for the decathlon, about teamwork, but there is also about friendship! We meet Miles (Spiderman number so many) and Doreen Green (Squirrel Girl and the good one, sorry, I have read the comics and she was horrible in there, but I love her in this one). I loved seeing the trio get closer and closer and eventually also tell their real identities (well, both Doreen and Ms Marvel don’t really have much to hide, haha, but Spidey has all to hide).

The story isn’t told as one would normally do. There are text messages, blog entries (diaries), we see videos (or pictures of it), we read transcripts and files and interviews, we get written entries, there is quite a focus on fanfiction (which I also enjoyed reading), and so much more. Mostly they are from Ms. Marvel’s POV, but we also get some teachers and Kid Apocalypse (whose name was just awesome). I really enjoyed the change in telling the story. This was so dynamic and interactive. It made the story more superpowered.

Along we have a supervillain plot! Oh yes, someone wants to time travel and is targeting Ms Marvel. I really liked the extra plot, it was quite fun. Though it made me want to shake Kid Apocalypse a bit given how he just should have stood up for himself and for his new friend Ms Marvel.

The art was just fabulous! I loved the illustrations, the comics, well everything. I should really see what this illustrator has done other than this one. Hopefully there is more!

All in all, if you are looking for a superpowered and fun book featuring many Marvel heroes (I was so proud that I recognised so many of them), I would recommend this one. As for me? I am going to be buying the newest book next month (kind of through my budget for May).

Star rating, 5 stars

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