Avengers #1

Avengers #1

Writer: Mark Waid Artist: Mike Del Mundo Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 2, 2016 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 20
7.6Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

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The time has come! Their ranks shattered by Civil War, their spirits weighted down by a toll both personal and spiritual, Earth's Mightiest Heroes must find the resolve to stand united one final time against their greatest foe! Captain America! Thor! The Vision! The Wasp! Spider-Man! Hercules! When the dust settles, not a one of these valiant heroes will make it to the final page alive! This is KANG WAR ONE!
Rated T+

  • 10
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Nov 2, 2016

    Let me tell you, my friends, there is a lot to come. Add that to a riveting Avengers read, with a solid, diverse roster that is both new and familiar, and Avengers #1 is as inviting an introduction to Earth's Mightiest Heroes as you're going to get. At least for 2016. Hope in the Quinjet and have a look around. Waid is writing a fun story, Del Mundo and D'alfonso are making it visually striking and even quite pretty, and Petit is bringing it all home, giving readers a wonderfully complete experience. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Superior Spider-Talk - Dan Gvozden Nov 4, 2016

    The Avengers #1 is a rollicking good time, a blockbuster film in 30 pages, and a beautifully drawn comic that immediately recalls the legacy of Jack Kirby's iconic Avengers. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Jon Arvedon Nov 7, 2016

    Whether or not Avengers #1 is a suitable jumping-on point for new readers remains up for debate. It's the beginning of a new arc that also sees the formation of a new iteration of the team, which Waid contextualizes early enough in the issue. Still, a first-time reader may easily find themselves lost within the continuation of plot threads from the All-New All Different Avengers. For existing or returning readers, this won't detract from the effectiveness of the story, but with a big, bold #1 on the front cover, it would be a disservice to not set the proper expectations. However, regardless of which side of that particular fence you fall on, Avengers #1 is a fun, action-packed story, with dynamic sequential art that fully embodies the extravagance that is Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 2, 2016

    Still, nice to see a classic version of the team back in action - and you have to love that Alex Ross cover. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Heroes Direct - Adam Fitch Nov 6, 2016

    The story is basic at the moment, but with Kang's time travelling we're sure things will be fleshed out well as the series goes on. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 2, 2016

    While Waid's other big team book, Champions, is on the fast track to superhero success, Avengers doesn't feel as sure of a bet. Though on a purely narrative level there's little difference between this book and All-New, All-Different Avengers, the change in art might make this book as easy of a jumping-off point as it is for readers to get on board. Yet All-New, All-Different Avengers had some moments of real brilliance in its short run, with Waid coming up with new and interesting team-ups for a diverse group of Marvel heroes " and with a challenging new artist and a story that could span all of time, I have faith that Avengers could be gearing up for a bold new era. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerdist - Blair Marnell Nov 2, 2016

    Another intriguing aspect of the new Kang war, is that it was started by one of the Avengers themselves. That twist was built on something that happened during Waid's last Avengers series; which may be off-putting for anyone who missed that the first time. But it's also a welcome sign that Waid has long term stories in mind for this series, and there's even a one-page "trailer" for the next few issues. Minor problems aside, this was a very exciting read, and we're eager to see what's next for these Avengers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CourtOfNerds - Drew S. McCarthy Nov 2, 2016

    An excellent appetizer to the coming Avengers feast, Waid and Del Mundo might have brought a second Marvel book to my pull list. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    411Mania - Stephen M. Lyon Nov 3, 2016

    If you're going to Marvel a shot with any of its new titles, I recommend that it be The Avengers #1. The gorgeous cover by Alex Ross is worth the cost alone. The internal art is special too; the penciling by Mike del Mundo is very stylized, but his own coloring creates a great dynamic, with a shimmer that is a bit like that of Alex Ross, but still unique; my one critique would be that some of the facial features have a tendency to look ape-like, particularly those of the Wasp. The writing by Mark Waid isn't particularly special as of yet, but it's promising enough to see where the series leads, and he makes sure to keep the personality of the classic avengers team, but with new members. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Mueller Nov 3, 2016

    While the premise is sound, it is something you've seen before, so don't expect to have your mind blown. It's a standard "assemble the team" type of issue, with some time travel thrown in. Still, it's expertly constructed by Waid, and it certainly helps that Del Mundo knocks the visuals out of the park. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 2, 2016

    And fun is a key thing here. Waid is clearly going for a tone between this series and Champions and that tone is a return to fun comics that don't linger on the grim and dark. I had gotten a bit tired of the Avengers as a team, but this first issue has me interested again and wanting to see where things go from here. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 2, 2016

    Mark Waid's Avengers saga begins its new stage on slightly rockier ground. The team dynamic definitely suffers from the fact that the younger characters have departed to form their own team, and new recruits like Spider-Man and Hercules don't do enough to make up for that loss. But at least the Kang conflict is heating up. Plus, Del Mundo's art is incredibly striking, even if it occasionally gives the issue a more surreal tone than necessary. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Multiversity Comics - Robbie Pleasant Nov 4, 2016

    A solid start, with art that manages to be both good and too much at the same time, and some fun time travel paradoxes to enjoy. Might not be the most iconic team yet, but it's got some good characters in its lineup. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Comicsverse - Liam Nolan Nov 2, 2016

    Despite its problems, AVENGERS #1 is a solid read. However, it's not great. Waid overuses coincidence for the sake of convenience and Del Mundo blunders a number of scenes with awkward character drawing. I have high hopes that they can iron out these problems in future issues. I'm especially confident in Waid's ability going forward. Though Waid sets the plot up poorly, the end of AVENGERS #1 convinces me that Kang and the Scarlet Centurion's battle against the Avengers is going to get intense. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Nov 2, 2016

    Both the story and the art on their own are absolutely top notch and amazing. But together it is just not working for me and so it made it hard for me to really get into the story. It may take me time to grow into it, but I do have high hopes for the series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Nov 3, 2016

    Mike Del Mundo really is a great artist, huh? And now he's been given a flagship book which ushers in a new time for the Avengers post teen-hero walkout, but doesn't necessarily play to his strengths. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Brandon Griffin Nov 3, 2016

    Marvel NOW's Avengers #1 may not be a perfect comic book by any means, but there is plenty to look forward to. I'm willing to cut Mark Waid a break (but he's on a short leash). The Kang story arc could be pretty cool with him seemingly murdering the children versions of the Avengers. However, if that doesn't do anything for you, the best part of this comic is the preview section in the back which provides readers with a sneak peek at a handful of future stories to come. Despite this lackluster introduction, I'm still really into this lineup of Avengers and will most definitely be reading this series. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    AiPT! - Nick Nafpliotis Nov 2, 2016

    As far as the story goes, Kang tales are always tricky. The guy can travel through the timestream, but still manages to get his ass kicked every time he takes on the Avengers. To Waid's credit, he gives this go around an intriguing kick (and does an exceptional job tying with Vision's recent history). But it's still not enough to keep this from feeling painfully similar to virtually every other Kang story we've seen before. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Nov 3, 2016

    Avengers #1 is not a home run. It is instead a close double that an umpire calls safe after looking at the replay. Mark Waid does a good job with executing the story involving Kang's latest attack on The Avengers. Incorporating Vision so closely to this latest attack gave both sides of the story a personal stake in what is going on. It's just unfortunate that Waid stumbles on how he decides to characterize a few members of the Avengers. These mistakes are only further hurt by Mike Del Mundo's artwork, which ends up detracting from the story, especially in the dialogue heavy scenes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Kalaoui Nov 7, 2016

    Great art! Mike Del Mundo is really the star of this issue. The story has a great premise and well delivered. I loved it!

  • 7.5
    supercoolyeah Nov 2, 2016

    I love Del Mundo's art and coloring with D'Alfonso but I don't know it just doesn't fit for this book. Del Mundo belongs art is beautiful for like a fantasy read but in a high impact comic it just doesn't gel well which is troubling. Also, Waid's story is serviceable nothing to spectacular. I love the roster he chose but I don't know it missed a little pizazz. Though way way better than All New All different Avengers it still doesn't have that edge I expected.

  • 6.0
    thecomiccookebook Nov 2, 2016

    Thought the art was gorgeous but lacked story depth. I'm a little disappointed because it is Mark Waid and I expected more than a mediocre issue. Sadly won't be continuing this.

  • 5.0
    Gizmo Nov 25, 2016

    The way Hercules is brought into the fold is casual and pedestrian, Mark Waid wasn't even trying. The rest of the comic is paced and set up poorly, I expect better from a writer as seasoned as Waid.

  • 9.5
    darkfire369 Nov 2, 2016

  • 9.0
    sebastianorellana95 Nov 4, 2016

  • 9.0
    StanielK Nov 5, 2016

  • 8.5
    jmprados Nov 27, 2016

  • 8.0
    Destraction Nov 2, 2016

  • 8.0
    Jason The Dude Nov 5, 2016

  • 8.0
    Jabberwocky_Superfly Nov 6, 2016

  • 8.0
    Spock's Brain Nov 8, 2016

  • 8.0
    Rico Nov 12, 2016

  • 7.5
    abisaeee Nov 3, 2016

  • 7.5
    Jack's Yattering Nov 16, 2016

  • 7.5
    DXO Nov 20, 2016

  • 7.0
    EDiakota Nov 2, 2016

  • 7.0
    pablo Nov 2, 2016

  • 6.0
    EggMath Nov 5, 2016

  • 5.5
    Herptydoo Nov 17, 2016

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