Steve Murray takes a look at the weapons of <i>The Avengers</i>

We're in the middle of a massive build-up to the May 4 opening of Marvel's The Avengers, and The National Post's resident cartoonist Steve Murray has focused his trained eye on the tools of the hero trade. Published earlier this week, his illustration catalogs the weapons of Earth's Mightiest Heroes with nerd acumen intact and not without some humor.

From his description of Thor's hammer: "Forged from the core of a dying star,  Mjolnir is Thor's very multi-purpose hammer. It can control the weather, open inter-dimensional portals and turn Thor into a weak human by tapping its handle on the ground. When this happens the hammer turns into a pretty boring stick. Also, the hammer returns to you when you throw it, like a Home Depot boomerang. Only people who are worthy may lift the hammer, which is a great way to test out a blind date."

Click on the image at the right to see the entire infographic.

Murray, who sometimes goes by the nom de guerre of Chip Zdarsky, is a cartoonist with an uncommonly sharp wit. In addition to his gig as columnist/cartoonist/illustrator for The National Post, he's also created some comics worth tracking down, like the print series Prison Funnies and the very-much-missed Zdarskyverse webcomic he did for Act-I-Vate which is now archived on his website.

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