Avengers #503

Avengers #503

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: David Finch, Olivier Coipel Publisher: Marvel Comics Critic Reviews: 7
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In the double-sized conclusion to AVENGERS DISASSEMBLED, the nefarious mystery-man (or woman?) is finally revealed. The Avengers have been to the brink and they may never make it back! Discover their fate here!

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kelvin Green Nov 7, 2004

    *I'm not counting Doctor Stranges appearance when hes supposedly on trial for crimes against time, according to recent Amazing Spider-Man issues, or Magnetos when hes either dead or rebuilding Genosha to accommodate wheelchair access, depending on who you believe. Im not counting Quasars presence or the fact that the wrong Spider-Woman has turned up. I wont single this issue out as a continuity mess when Marvel as a whole is like that nowadays, and besides, I do not give or take points for adherence to continuity. If Spidey took off his mask and revealed himself to actually be Red Sonja or something, then I might have a problem with it, but then again, such a weird change probably would have a good, or at least interesting, story behind it, so Id probably let it pass Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Nov 7, 2004

    David Finch is a fine artist, and while there are moments when I find myself a little disappointed by some of the decisions that he makes when it comes to his delivery of the big impact moments, there are also some truly spectacular pieces of art in this issue. The double-page spread where the Avengers collide with another group of conjured-up characters is the visual highlight of the issue. Theres also some great secondary moments, from the scene where Spider-Man uncomfortably finds himself the centre of attention, to the surprise appearance of this characters father in the final moments of the issue, as the raw intensity of this character is perfectly presented. The art also does a pretty effective job of conveying the underlying sense that the main villain of this issue is one of the most dangerous opponents the team has ever faced, though the clash this character has with Doctor Strange wasnt nearly as impressive visually as it couldve Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Nov 7, 2004

    Admittedly, the artwork is still above-par (with some nice retro work this issue, the Wanda collage being particularly effective), but it serves a story so weak that Ive already lost interest. And this was meant to be the big lead-in to hook readers for the New Avengers title which begins in a month! Many casual readers, like me, will feel turned-off enough by this issue that they might not even take a chance on the new series, and thats a shame as theres undoubtedly a lot of potential there. There are enough big-money shots this issue to offer some entertainment (the final Cap confrontation with the villain is one of the few dramatic scenes which really works, and the arrival of Magneto regardless of continuity issues, I couldnt really care less is suitably large-scale), but theyre exceptions to the dull tone of the rest of the story. A wasted chance to attract new readers, and a blot on Brian Michael Bendiss record. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Andrew Burlinson Nov 7, 2004

    This was a fairly flat ending to an over-hyped story arc. I have to admit, Ill probably buy at least the first few issues of the upcoming New Avengers series out of sheer curiousity. But I think Marvel is missing the mark on this one. Not everyone is looking for their superheroes to be street-level every-man types. Some of us still yearn for that hokey old Thor dialogue, and the moments when second-tier characters shine. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comics Bulletin - Keith Dallas Nov 7, 2004

    Thankfully, Avengers Disassembled has finally come to its pathetic conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Nov 7, 2004

    Final thought: Lets never speak of it again. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Sacks Nov 7, 2004

    But in the long term, who really cares? I'm sure we'll see the old school Avengers return in two or three years. Read Full Review

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