The Marion library’s popular collection of graphic novels is now located in the Young Adult section downstairs. As always, all items in the collection may be checked out. We are shining a spotlight on a few of them. When writer Brian Bendis was growing up and avidly reading Marvel Comics, he was aware of a certain status quo that existed among their characters: some were loners (Spider-Man, Daredevil. Luke Cage, Iron Fist), some were mutant members of the X-Men (Wolverine, Storm etc.), and others belonged to teams like the Fantastic Four (The Thing), or the Avengers ( Captain America, Thor, Ironman, Ms. Marvel etc.). When Bendis became the writer of the Avengers titles, he decided to combine his love for some characters who last received major attention in the 1980s with the concept that any Marvel character could conceivably join any Marvel team. He launched his version of the Avengers to immediate success and this success lasted for several years! Bendis took characters like Spider-Man, Wolverine, Ms. Marvel, Luke Cage, Dr. Strange, and the Thing and happily put them all together as his version of the Avengers. Some fans felt he was writing some of their favorites out of character but for the most part sales were good and Bendis was vindicated. You may enjoy some of his Avengers collections from the Marion graphic novel collection. In the words of a once famous cereal commercial, if you try it, you may like it!