Review – Marvel Action: Avengers #1 (IDW Publishing)

Marvel Action: Avengers #1
  • Writing - 8/10
  • Art - 8/10
  • Overall - 8/10
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Writer: Matthew K. Manning
Artist: Jon Sommariva
Colorist: Protobunker
Letterer: Christa Miesner
Maturity Rating: Everyone
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: December 26, 2018

A new all-ages adventure launches in Marvel Action: Avengers #1. As A.I.M. threatens to steal Iron Man’s armor the heroes jump into action, but are they too late?


The Avengers Assemble in Marvel Action: Avengers #1

The Marvel Action line from IDW Publishing adds Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to its ranks in Marvel Action: Avengers #1. A brand new all-ages adventure begins as A.I.M. tries to steal the Iron Man armor from Tony Stark. The Avengers must come together to save the day, but they may be too late! A great starting point for young and old readers alike.


Marvel Action: Avengers #1 (IDW Publishing) cover by Jon Sommariva
Marvel Action Avengers #1 – cover by Jon Sommariva

I was a fan of Matthew K. Manning’s writing from the Batman/TMNT Adventures series (where he also teamed up with artist Jon Sommariva) a few years ago. He has a fantastic style of writing for these “all-ages” type books. Manning has a great way of appealing to younger readers and seasoned vets like myself to deliver a very satisfying story. Heck, I like that he gives little caption boxes to all the heroes and villains telling their name and powers. It is extremely helpful and fun! All-ages seems like it is tossed around as a “bad word” sometimes in the comic book world, but it shouldn’t be, if written in this style.

Manning does not talk down to the readers, but also lays out an easily-followed plot as well. The characters are a nice combination of their MCU personas and what looks like the Disney cartoon Avengers. Marvel Action: Avengers #1 does not feel like a 1st issue. We are dropped right in with these characters. It is a little sudden jump into the story that threw me off a little. Though it does start off fast, those nice little caption boxes catch even an unfamiliar reader up to speed pretty quickly.

I won’t spoil anything but the plot is pretty solid. There are some deep Marvel cuts as well that Marvel fanboys will enjoy. the dialogue is a lot of fun; Manning gives a little different attitude to the characters than I am used to but they work out great.


As noted previously, I am familiar with Jon Sommariva’s work from his previous outing with Manning. They make a great creative team together and seem like they have a lot of stuff planned for this series. Sommariva has a delightful cartooning style that works perfectly with Marel Action: Avengers #1. It is a nice combination of the animation style from the Disney Avengers cartoon and Sommariva’s own. Sommariva excels at great facial animations. It is a cartoony over-exaggerated effect that works perfectly within the story and helps bring out the story points happening throughout the issue.

I am not the biggest fan of the blank faces and dot eyes used for background characters. I get why it is done, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. Sommariva does some great panel structure work throughout Marvel Action: Avengers #1. A lot of more all-ages books use a more “basic” panel work but he switches it up a lot with some great angles and different structures throughout the issue. Sommariva’s inks are wonderful; I love the boldness and all the detail he puts into the issue.

Black Panther’s costume has also never looked better. Sommariva takes the basic concept of his costume and makes it shine. I also love his depiction of Captain Marvel as well. Carol Danvers looks fantastic. The colors from Protobunker work well in the issue. The brighter coloring work hits all the right notes.


I am digging this all-ages Marvel Action line from IDW Publishing. They have a Spider-Man book already out and a Black Panther series coming out soon. These are fantastic all-ages series that I wish we had more of. These characters are extremely popular right now and it is great to have something you can give to younger readers. What makes these so great is that they work well for adult readers like me, too. I love all of these characters and Marvel Action: Avengers #1 was a delightful read and has me excited to see what this creative team has in store!

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