My Top 5 New Recruits to the Avengers since Disassembled

Continuing on with my week of Avengers-themed blogs, this time I'll be listing my Top 5 new recruits to the Avengers following the controversial Disassembled storyline. And, no, Storm won't be on this list so don't bother complaining about it, fanboys.

Since Disassembled the Avengers have recruited over 25 new members, have awarded 6 honorary memberships and have branched out into multiple teams! What follows are my 5 favorite additions to the Avengers in that time...

5. Stature

Stature: joined in Mighty Avengers #21

Stature was a Young Avenger who was drafted into the Avengers during Dark Reign. Unlike her fellow Young Avengers, Stature was the only character who existed prior to the first Young Avengers series and had links to the team through her father, the second Ant-Man. Stature joining the Avengers added something the Avengers had been lacking since the debut of New Avengers; youth and innocence. Stature was pretty much just a sweet, goofy girl among heroes. However, the Avengers had been going through some thematic dark, moody and depressing stuff so Stature was a breath of fresh air interjecting a cute voice into the mix whether it was gasping at her peers' swearing or calling "Jinx" when both "uncle Hank" and Norman Osborn yelled "Avengers Assemble!".

4. Hulk

Hulk: joined in Avengers (2010) #12

The new Hulk is a pretty hard character for a lot of folks to accept. Almost entirely down to the silly introductory stories by Jeph Loeb which had the character pretty much beat every damn character up regardless of their power. The character has been pretty sharply improved under the talented pen of Jeff Parker over in Hulk and around that time he was also added to the Heroic Age Avengers relaunch. It's pretty jarring that a guy who was once a terrorist who attacked the White House is now rubbing shoulders with Captain America and Thor but the thing is the new Hulk is actually turning out to be a pretty good Avenger. In fact, one of the better moments so far in Avengers vs. X-Men featured the new Hulk motivating and leading the Avengers into the battle on Utopia. Although I don't think anyone was too thrilled with his addition to the roster, it's beginning to feel like he's got potential as an Avenger.

3. Ares

Ares: joined in Mighty Avengers #1

The Avengers have had a habit of recruiting former villains with the likes of Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Swordsman, and even a clone of Madame Masque at one point, so slotting another villain among the ranks doesn't cause too much of a double take from the readers. Ares was by no means a great Avenger or even a great character, but one thing he sure was was fun. Whether it was arrogantly fighting Doctor Doom, single-handedly demolishing an army of Iron Man armors or, in his best moment, knocking out Wonder Man so he could attempt to destroy Hercules instead of arrest him. Ares tenure with the Avengers felt a bit too short thanks to decompression and random event tie-ins taking up half the issues when he was a member. It's a shame because it feels we didn't get enough of Ares as an Avenger.

2. Spider-Woman

Queen Veranke: joined in New Avengers (2005) #1, Spider-Woman: joined in New Avengers (2005) #48

Maybe Bendis' finest moment was the Spider-Woman sub-plot in New Avengers. Bendis had polished off a character who had fallen into disuse and made her a super-sexy spy with unclear allegiances. So it was utterly devastating when his best contribution to the franchise was then revealed to actually have been an alien this whole time robbing us of one of the few well developed characters he's written. Alien Spider-Woman was soon killed off and replaced with the real Spider-Woman who has stuck around for almost 4 years now and in that time has failed to do anything half as interesting as her shapeshifting alien counterpart. All she's done since her return is engage in one of the worst inter-Avenger relationships in a long time with Hawkeye.

1. Valkyrie

Valkyrie: joined in Secret Avengers #1

Valkyrie was another character who had been M.I.A. for a while before she was added to the Avengers. Although adding her to the Secret Avengers instead of the regular team seems odd (maybe the Avengers mixed up Spider-Woman and Valkyrie's I.D. cards and couldn't be bothered to rectify the mistake), but since she joined with the team she's been given some pretty cool moments. Although, most notably and recently she's become something of a breakout star particularly with regards to Fear Itself. The former Defender Valkyrie seems to be earning her place among Earth's Mightiest Heroes and if we continue to see her being as prominent as she was in a series like The Fearless, then I can't see many people disagreeing with her place at #1.

Posted by Fuchsia_Nightingale

Love em all.

Posted by Protoon

Awesome choice for #1.

You have an amazing blog. :-)

Posted by X35

@Protoon said:

You have an amazing blog. :-)


Thank you.

Posted by ReVamp

@X35: No Noh-Varr.

Dafuq you do to her you skrull?

Posted by X35

@ReVamp said:

@X35: No Noh-Varr.

Dafuq you do to her you skrull?

As much as I love the Marvel Boy, he's just been pure useless as an Avenger up until recently when they've just been using him to build him up to die. He didn't serve a purpose or have any individuality (then again none of Bendis' characters have any individuality when they all talk like smart-ass teens)... he has the potential to be a fantastic cosmic Quasar/Photon level of Avenger, but I guess it was never meant to be. plus, his entire time as an Avenger he's had that hideous Protector costume.

Posted by ReVamp

@X35: I agree, I just like using that line. And when I mean I agree, I mean on every single point, from the costume to lack of individuality.

Edited by Vance Astro

I agree with all but Ares.After Mighty Avengers he was a pointless character.He wasn't really a good Avenger either.Might Avengers was mostly about everyone but him.Aside from the Ultron arc he didn't really do much.

Posted by primepower53

@X35: I'm loving you right now. This blog...words cannot describe it's awesomeness.

trash talking Bendis=instant win

Posted by TDK_1997

From these guys I like the most SPider-Woman and Red Hulk.

Posted by Enosisik

I loved Ares in Dark Avengers I mean I became a big instant fan. I agree he could be fun as a full timer.

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

Hmmmmm, well it seems that there are 5 more Avengers that I need to learn more about.....

Posted by The_Greatest_Username

Great list! I agree with your choices. Stature was definitely one of the standouts (for me at least) in Slott's Mighty Avengers while Valkyrie (and Ares during his time) has been such a fun character so far. Your write up was pretty spot on with Spider-Woman too, I keep hoping that someone will do something "cool" with her like what 'Veranke' had going on but it looks like we'll keep waiting.

Posted by Cafeterialoca

Stature. :( :( :(

Posted by BlueLantern1995

I only disagree with #4...he's a bad guy...can't wait till he goes bad again...I wonder if this is just a ruse to get close to Hulk in order to kill him.

Posted by X35

@BlueLantern1995 said:

I only disagree with #4...he's a bad guy...can't wait till he goes bad again...I wonder if this is just a ruse to get close to Hulk in order to kill him.

Have you even read anything with him since Loeb's Hulk...

Dude is an awesome Avenger.

Hulk takes charge
Hulk takes charge II
Posted by BlueLantern1995

I have...he's cool but, I hate that he's a hero now, I guess I'll get used to it... HOWEVER A-Bomb is way superior. I am almost ready to accept him as a superhero though it was WAY TO FAST...they should have made him a Anti-Hero first then go from there...its WAY TO FAST.

Edited by Jorgevy

Im biased towards not liking Rulk

@X35: that's terrible pep talk IMHO

Posted by GothamRed

I like these guys, i wish nova and luke cage had made the cut

Posted by X35
Posted by Deranged Midget

Good blog, I agree with Rulk and Spider-woman. I like Ares' character, but he's almost useless as an Avenger.

Posted by krspaceT

Wonder if Stature's still alive?

Posted by NyxEquitis

Nice article/post. Agree with all of them.

Posted by HellionVulcan

Ares was by no means a great Avenger or even a great character well that up to perspective as i like Ares more then Hercules & so forth but his comic time is spent jobbing or in amazing mini's but hes not a hero nor villain just a warrior so he had no need to be on any avengers team besides the dark one ha .

Posted by TheAcidSkull

I would Have rulk on any other team, just not avengers.