Marvel has just released the latest issue of their special Avengers comics honoring the military. This series, started by Marvel in 2005, is distributed freely to service members and their families at Army Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES) locations.
Since Marvel began the Avengers military comic, the responses from service members and their families have been extremely positive.
William Rosemann, an editor for Marvel comics feels honored to be involved in the project.
“Over the years,” said Rosemann, “we’ve been honored to receive numerous letters from military members thanking us for the efforts of the artists who create our AAFES comics.”
The 13th AAFES issue stars the world-famous Avengers, an amalgam of top superheroes including Iron Man and The Hulk, in a very special mission to protect a top secret item from the sinister clutches of the mercenary Serpent Society. It is an all-new, action packed 22-page story by writer William Harms and penciler Tom Raney, featuring a classic cover by Alan Davis.
Each AAFES Avengers comic stands alone with their own stories, so that new readers may have easy access to the narrative. What all the issues have in common “is the respect and admiration we have for every soldier,” said Rosemann.
There are 13 issues in all and they star the New Avengers. In the first issue The New Avengers and the Fantastic Four investigate a space ship buried for thousands of years deep in the Louisiana bayou. Within the ship, they discover Kree soldiers who had been sent to battle the Skrulls.
In issue #2 the Avengers are sent by SHIELD, an espionage and secret military agency integral to the Marvel Comics universe, on a goodwill tour of various military bases around the world. The locations include Iraq, Germany, Arizona and Kentucky. Meanwhile they encounter the villains Zealot and Kingpin, who attempt to steal billions of dollars from AAFES.
In issue #3 the Avengers battle the time-traveling super villain Kang, and in #4 Captain America takes the lead battling Hydra. In issues #5 and #6, the Avengers assist the military in a variety of missions around the world. In issue #7, the army must soothe the Hulk, whose nap was disturbed on a firing range. Captain American again takes the lead role in issue #8, wherein the stories from the Second World War and from Afghanistan are told.
In the ninth installment the evil dragon Fin Fang Foom escapes, but the majority of the issue is a brief history of the Exchange Services. In the tenth comic, The Avengers rescue the kidnapped son of a wealthy industrialist. At the end of the issue, they agree that even though they banded together to fight super villains, it is the members of the military who are the real heroes. Captain America is the lead again in the issues #11 and #12, where we hear tales from his WWII days.
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