House of M: Avengers #1

Writer: Christos Gage Artist: Mike Perkins Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 14, 2007 Critic Reviews: 8
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  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Nov 17, 2007

    As mutants become the dominant species on earth, humans repopulate the ghettos. Heroes who wish to protect humanity become outlaws as a result. There's a stark contrast to the Marvel Universe proper that makes House of M rewarding. Events do not change who the heroes are. Luke Cage does not throw in with the bad guys. He sticks up for mutants as well as humans because Luke Cage knows that prejudice is prejudice. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Murman Nov 11, 2007

    I foresee this series doing quite well for Marvel in the end. As with Son of M and Silent War, we continue to see quality stories coming from a company wide event that nobody seems to care about remembering. A strange dichotomy to be sure, but then again thats Marvel fans for you. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Bryant Frattalone Nov 11, 2007

    Some nostalgic and tight storytelling by Gage and a good grasp of street level illustrating by Perkins make this an enjoyable read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Luke Handley Nov 11, 2007

    This is a stronger debut issue than I had thought it might be. Both Gage and Perkins take the concept seriously and could be in the process of delivering the Cage series many people have been expecting for the last couple of years. Unfortunately, that series is telling a story set in a world that no longer is and to which, ultimately, we already know the ending. Its well executed within these constraints though and anyone who enjoys What If? tales or wants more House of M material should really give this a try. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 14, 2007

    As for Christos Gage, I can't say I'm particularly impressed with his first issue. Gage tends to run circles all over the Marvel Universe, writing an X-Men comic here, a Captain America spinoff there. As such, the quality of his storytelling varies with every effort. Gage seems a bit too wrapped up in telling a goofy riff on 70's crime dramas and blaxploitation movies. Case in point - Luke Cage gets in a fistfight with a mutant hustler in a full pimp outfit. I'm also disappointed that Gage glosses over each new member's introduction. By issue's end, the Avengers have mostly assembled with little to no fuss. I'm still hopeful that the series will pick up once characters like Misty Knight and Franck Castle join the fray. But for now, this is one House I'm not excited about revisiting. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Christopher Power Nov 11, 2007

    If you are tired of continuity clashing tales of the mainstream Marvel and would like a throw away tale that fleshes out what could be an interesting universe to explore, then I would recommend this book. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Nov 11, 2007

    Thats an interesting concept to explore, and it may happen as The Man organizes a force to send against Luke and his non-mutant band of heroes, led by a surprising agent. For this story to work, much less expected and odd variations need to develop on this provisional and topsy-turvy earth. We shouldnt see familiar events just replayed; we should see new and strange outcomes and alliances. And more intriguing art (how about Kelly Jones, Mike Allred, Khari Evans, Charlie Adlard, Paul Gulacy?) would be a huge plus as well. As of now, the basic concepts are present but relatively undeveloped. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Nov 14, 2007

    Unless you absolutely love Luke Cage, there's not much offered here. It's just a generic super hero origin with little to no action to keep the reader interested. Of what little action there is falls flat and is underwhelming and uninteresting at best. Read Full Review

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