Book Review: Champions #1 by Mark Waid

Champions (2016-) #1

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Goodreads Synopsis

Following the fallout of CIVIL WAR II, Avengers Ms. Marvel, Nova and Spider-Man strike out on their own — joined by Cyclops, Viv Vision and the Totally Awesome Hulk! Six young heroes determined to change the world — and they’re only the beginning!


I’m reading these comics completely backwards but oddly enough, since this comic was the start of a new story and team there was enough information for one not to get lost. Much.

As I mentioned, reading backwards so I haven’t read Civil War II yet but this comic explains a bit what happened to cause Ms. Marvel, Nova and Spider-Man to separate from the Avengers.

The Avengers is a crime fighting superhero group that have had their ups and downs over the years and maybe not everyone looks to them as the saviours they once were anymore. Nova and Spider-Man seemed to have been the first to notice that The Avengers get rid of the monstrous problem, who gets rid of the rubble on the street? Takes care of the people? An epiphany is had and soon Ms. Marvel too realises that they should be doing more to help. This is where the idea for Champions is born.

I enjoyed the writing and artwork (very detailed, vivid and so beautiful) quite a bit and even though this is only one issue, I still got through it a lot faster than I usually do with issues. No introductions of characters were made in this comic as it does take place almost immediately after Civil War II.

It’s known that the young ones see things that many adults are too stubborn to see, and that’s clear in this comic. Ms. Marvel, Nova and Spider-Man (joining them Hulk and Viv Vision) was to make a difference, want the people to trust them, but how can they when these so-called superheroes are messing up their neighbourhoods?

“We have to start enforcing justice without unjust force.”

I love the idea for this comic and I’m loving how with just one issue, so much was touched upon. I can’t wait to read the next issue. Maybe I’ll just hold out for volume 1.

Read: 29 December 2016
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 5 October 2016
Publisher: Marvel
Writer: Mark Waid
Illustrator: Humberto Ramos

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