5 Avengers Comic Book Stories to Read Before Seeing 'The Avengers' Movie

Few comic book crossovers have been more immensely enjoyable than JLA/Avengers, a book nearly twenty-five years in the making. Written by Kurt Busiek – Astro City – and drawn by the great George Perez – Crisis on Infinite Earths – the book basically functioned as a “Secret Crisis” (i.e. DC's Crisis on Infinite Earths meets Marvel's Secret Wars), where DC's Krona and the Marvel's Grandmaster pit the Justice League against The Avengers because … well, why not?

Have you ever wanted to see Batman fight Captain America? Or Superman fight Thor? Or Superman strapped with Captain America’s shield in one hand and Thor’s hammer in the other? JLA/Avengers makes all this happen and more. Best of all, Perez draws page after page of countless superheroes – both Marvel and DC – beating the ever-loving crap out of each other, culminating in one of the few comic book crossovers that fails to disappoint. An impressive feat for a project in development for nearly a quarter of a century.

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