I’m not the world’s biggest Avengers fan, but I have seen most if not all of the movies. This new deck from Theory 11 does the series justice. Buy Avengers cards.
Let’s start with the gorgeous purple tuck. Yes, that appears to be a holographic foil it’s embossed with. It’s bright and shiny and happy, even if, let’s face it, our movie heroes often find themselves in a bit of trouble. How this crew continues to function after all the emotional & physical trauma is beyond me. I guess this is why they’re heroes.
If you’re like me, you might be a little fuzzy on exactly who makes up The Avengers. This list over on Wikipedia is pretty comprehensive. Don’t worry though your cards won’t be overrun by little known members you can’t really recall. The deck highlights well known characters from the movie series.
Maybe, for example, you don’t remember Captain America, but I bet you do. This is a great crossover adaptation between tradition two way court cards and this well known comic book storyline. His costume follows all of the design traditions you’d see on a traditional king, while being unique and special.
I also want to compliment the artists on including a diverse array of characters. We see too few black courts on “standard” decks and that’s a real shame. Although the custom playing card movement continues to create and deliver and incredible array of themes, all quote standard decks are pretty white. Mildly interesting BuzzFeed list here.
The style on these cards reminds me of the original Star Wars decks T11 did, which are all great as well. The courts may be custom and non-standard, but they’re clean and eminently playable. The Avengers don’t take over cards so much as compliment them.
These make a great gift for anyone into the comics or the movies (whether or not that’s a meaningful distinction at this point is a separate question).