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The Avengers #61

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History’s Mightiest Untold Secrets!

If the Avengers hope to survive being lost in time, they’ll need the help of some of history’s greatest heroes, from the Thor of the Viking Age to the T. Rex Starbrand at the dawn of time, plus all the forgotten Avengers of bygone eras whose stories can finally be told.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
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23 pages
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7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 86

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Aaron does something entertaining and engaging with this story by focusing it on Starbrand. Throughout the arcs we haven’t gotten to spend a lot of time with this character and this story does a great job of giving her more depth and personality. I enjoyed the build up with her as the focus and look forward to seeing where the story goes next. The Art: Fiorelli delivers some great art throughout the issue. The action is visually thrilling and dynamic and I love the details within the character moments.
  • 80

    Major Spoilers

    With this big arc wrapping up next month, Avengers #61 serves as an emotional checkpoint before the big final battle, giving Starbrand a well-deserved spotlight and finally getting our heroes to where they need to be in the timestream, with strong writing and above-average art combining for 4 out of 5 stars overall. There are so many interesting characters and concepts being thrown around in Avengers lately that I sometimes forget there’s an endgame, but if this ends up being Jason Aaron’s swan song, it’s gonna be a memorable one.
  • 80

    Marvel Heroes Library

    Avengers HQ is still the body of the Celestial at the North Pole. Captain Marvel says it's 'seen better days' and it looks damaged from the outside. This tells me that the whole time-travel story arc is set after the Judgment Day event, and that the upcoming A.X.E. JD#6 will render the Celestial Progenitor inert again.
  • 78

    Comic Watch

    Avengers #61is not a total remedy for all the current runs past shortcomings, but its focus on interpersonal drama is a step in the right direction.
  • 75

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 70

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Avengers #61 has the teen Starbrand, or Brandy, take center stage in this comic. Brandy is the main star of this comic, and readers' mileage will vary on that since she hasn't always been the most compelling character in this run. Not much is lost if you skip the issue. However, this issue does give Brandy some depth to her character that's mixed in with an interesting theme tied in with the Starbrand power and its users.
  • 50

    As the Avengers' time-traveling battle with Mephisto draws near its close, the focus shifts to Starbrand in an exploration of their immense power and ever-present mortality. It provides for some interesting notes on the often overlooked character's role, and makes a notable addition to the Starbrand mythos in the form of the Tyrannosaurus Rex. That the dinosaur shown in only a few handful of panels is the emotional highlight of the issue speaks to the lack of impact in much of the heavily narrated story. Every element of the newest Starbrand's dilemmas and decisions are explained at length, often across an array of well considered, but familiar battle sequences across time. This comic asks readers not to think for a moment while reading it and it's likely most will continue not thinking about The Avengers after the final page is turned.

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About the Author: Jason Aaron

Jason Aaron (born January 28, 1973) is an American comic book writer, known for his creator-owned series Scalped and Southern Bastards, as well as his work on Marvel series Ghost Rider, Wolverine, PunisherMAX, Thor, and The Avengers.

Early life

Jason Aaron was born in Jasper, Alabama. His cousin, Gustav Hasford, who wrote the semi-autobiographical novel The Short-Timers (1979), on which the feature film Full Metal Jacket (1987) was based, was a large influence on Aaron. Aaron decided he wanted to write comics as a child, and though his father was skeptical when Aaron informed him of this aspiration, his mother took Aaron to drug stores, where he would purchase comic books from spinner racks, some of which he still owned as of 2012.

Aaron graduated from Shelby County High School. He then attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English.


Aaron’s career in comics began in 2001 when he won a Marvel Comics talent search contest with an eight-page Wolverine story script. The story, which was published in Wolverine #175 (June 2002), gave him the opportunity to pitch subsequent ideas to editors. In 2006, Aaron made a blind submission to DC Comics’s imprint Vertigo, which became his first major work, the Vietnam War story The Other Side. The Other Side was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Miniseries, and Aaron regards it as the “second time” he broke into the industry. Following this, Vertigo asked him to pitch other ideas, which led to Scalped, a creator-owned series with artist R. M. Guéra set on the fictional Prairie Rose Indian Reservation.

In 2007, Aaron wrote Ripclaw: Pilot Season for Top Cow Productions. Later that year, Marvel editor Axel Alonso, who was impressed by The Other Side and Scalped, hired Aaron to write issues of Wolverine, Black Panther and eventually, an extended run on Ghost Rider that began in April 2008. In January 2008, he signed an exclusive contract with Marvel, though it would not affect his work on Scalped. In July of that year, he wrote the Penguin issue of Joker’s Asylum.

After a four-issue stint on Wolverine in 2007, Aaron returned to the character with the ongoing series Wolverine: Weapon X, launched to coincide with the feature film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Aaron commented, “With Wolverine: Weapon X we’ll be trying to mix things up like that from arc to arc, so the first arc is a typical sort of black ops story but the second arc will jump right into the middle of a completely different genre.” In 2010, the series was relaunched once again as simply Wolverine. He followed this with the relaunch of The Incredible Hulk in 2011 and Thor: God of Thunder in 2012. Aaron and artist Mike Deodato collaborated on the Original Sin limited series in 2014. In 2018, Aaron relaunched Thor with Mike del Mundo and The Avengers with Ed McGuinness. In addition to his work on Marvel characters, Aaron wrote a year-long run on the Conan the Barbarian series after Marvel regained the licensing rights to the character in 2019.

At the 2019 San Diego Comic Con, it was announced that Aaron’s Thor storyline which depicted Jane Foster acquiring the mantle of the Thunder God would be the basis for the 2022 film Thor: Love and Thunder.

Personal life

Aaron moved to Kansas City, Kansas in 2000, the day after the first X-Men feature film was released.

Aaron is a passionate and well known fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team.

Commenting on the religious themes that run through his work, Aaron says he was raised Southern Baptist, but has since renounced religion:
I’ve been an atheist for many years, but I’ve remained fascinated by religion. If anything, I’ve become more fascinated by religion and faith after I lost mine.”

[Latest Update: May 28, 2022]