Mighty Avengers #1

Mighty Avengers #1

Event\Storyline: Infinity Writer: Al Ewing Artist: Greg Land Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: September 11, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 34 User Reviews: 6
6.7Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

INFINITY TIE-IN! new ongoing series!
The Avengers are light-years away in space, contending with the Builders! Thanos' marauders ransack the Earth, doing as they please! Who will stand in defense of mankind? Luke Cage! The Superior Spider-Man! Spectrum! The White Tiger! Power Man! And a mysterious figure in an ill-fitting Spider-Man Halloween costume! These unlikely heroes must assemble when no one else can-against the unrelenting attack of Proxima Midnight!

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Sep 11, 2013

    We may not need another Avengers title but we do have a fascinating gathering of heroes here. Event tie-ins sometimes feel forced but this gives an interesting twist with all the heroes busy elsewhere. With the Marvel Universe containing so many different characters, it's easy for some to get lost in the shuffle. If you've been missing any of the characters here, you'll definitely want to check this out (except for Spider-Man, since it's hard to miss him with him popping up more and more in the Marvel U). Al Ewing starts off the series on the right foot. We don't have all the players in place but there is a curiosity that will make you want to come back. With a mysterious character right away and more members to come, there's no telling what the next issue will bring us. MIGHTY AVENGERS isn't the series you were expecting but it's going to be the one you're happy to read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Sep 11, 2013

    The art, like I mentioned earlier, is by Greg Land and there's a lot of jokes to be made there. However, his work here isn't half bad. Characters look decent enough, the world has plenty of detail to it, good motion and movement with the action, etc. The inking and coloring is also good (though strangely, the outlines of the characters have very thick and noticeable inking lines). The only real problem with this artwork is that the facial expressions look occasionally weird, like the characters aren't expressing the right emotion for the scene they're in. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Sep 11, 2013

    While the art of Greg Land falls short in a couple spots here and there, Ewing writes an incredibly solid first chapter of the new incarnation of the Mighty Avengers. It seems like sticking around and watching some of the fireworks occur will be engaging for many who are interested in the comic. This makes a great statement for diversity in superhero comics, while still be an engaging read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Sep 11, 2013

    Ewing's Mighty Avengers #1 has a great tone and unique voice in the Avengers stable of books. It's impact on Infinity isn't felt in the first issue, but the framework for an entertaining series is set up in this first issue. Land's art doesn't exactly wow throughout the issue, but it is consistent and doesn't let the book down by any means. The sharp lines and excellent colour work will make this title stand out and I recommend giving issue #1 a shot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 12, 2013

    This book follows the traditional 'putting together a team' routine pretty much to the letter, which suits the writer's strengths, though, and since we've already been teased with She-Hulk, Blue Marvel and such, any questions about what the hell is going on here are somewhat assuaged for me. In short, Mighty Avengers #1 reads very well, handles it's characters deftly, looks nice and doesn't let it's crossover origins overwhelm it's nascent super-team, earning a well-crafted 4 out of 5 stars overall. If Marvel gives this book the right push and support, they could have another lasting mid-card team ala The Defenders on it's hands, and the pedigree of the cast makes me hope that they're on the right track to do so. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Sep 12, 2013

    Mighty Avengers is off to a promising start. Let's hope the fun story and artwork don't wear off in the near future, because the comic is a very solid take on a superhero team. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Noelle Webster Sep 16, 2013

    Are these the Avengers we normally look for and see? Not so much, but they're the ones we've got. Not without its flaws, MA#1 succeeds in laying the groundwork for the characters, and just plain ol' having some fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Sep 14, 2013

    Overall, a nice promising issue. I'm hoping that things improve on all fronts as the series progresses. Some of Ewing's dialogue is a bit stilted and formal, veering into typical villain dialogue, and that should really go, I think, although that might depend on his humour angle for the series, given Superior Spider-Man here. And Land's artwork, yes, some improvements definitely needed there. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze Sep 12, 2013

    Good start with a great introduction that fans can roll with. It's a story worth sticking with even though the artwork of Greg Land is somewhat unappealing. This is a book with a lot of potential. Not just for doing something new, but the dynamics created with this team-up. Brevort has seemingly put a lot of thought into how these heroes interact with each other and how their personalities click or clash. If you really took the time to think about the cast he has chosen, you really do feel as though they are a team that comes together out of necessity when the other heroes are off in space. When considered you can believe they are those heroes who would stand up to fill in the roles of heroes when there aren't any others to take the initiative. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Meagan Damore Aug 20, 2013

    "Mighty Avengers" #1 was placed at a great disadvantage when it was assigned as an "Infinity" tie-in with Land on art. However, Ewing manages to rise above this with his fantastic character work; in the first issue alone, he establishes an interesting dynamic between his new "team," regardless of their dysfunctions. Bursting with potential, "Mighty Avengers" is a book to keep an eye on, especially once it's free of the "Infinity" event. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 20, 2013

    The less than ideal art style will likely be an ongoing concern for this series. But at least this first issue succeeds more than many as far as establishing a new team dynamic and unique voice. The best that can be said for Mighty Avengers #1 is that it should leave readers eager to see what's in store after the event tie-in is finished. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Sep 13, 2013

    This series will undoubtedly be more interesting when this tie-in is over. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Sep 13, 2013

    Overall this issue was pretty good, and I can see some hope for the series after it fully breaks away from Infinity, but I think the coming issues may suffer from the plague that Hickman has unleashed on the Marvel books. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Sep 14, 2013

    Mighty Avengers #1 absolutely nails the fun and personality behind these characters. This is exactly what I like from a comic book. There's a very heavy focus on these characters as people living their lives. Luke has to worry about getting milk and diapers for his baby while also trying to keep Power Man from rage-quitting the team after Spider-Man showed them up. Monica meets with her costume designer and they have a delightful scene about her rebranding. Even the throwaway jobber villains, Plunderer and Blue Streak, are given fun personalities. Kudos to this Al Ewing guy. He's got potential. But beyond that, Proxima Midnight bores me to tears. And the mystery of Monica's friend isn't compelling in the least " unless it's The Captain. Please, Marvel, make it The Captain. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Population Go - Chris Lemmerman Sep 16, 2013

    Mighty Avengers may be launching in the middle of Infinity, and it has been announced just recently that its second arc will tie-in to Inhumanity afterwards, but if Ewing keeps his writing this strong, and Land bucks up his silly pornface ideas, then this title will be an Avengers book well worth checking out for a long time to come. Nice work, everyone. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Den Of Geek! - Marc Buxton Sep 14, 2013

    It's so good to see Monica in action again that one can forgive the usual gathering of heroes first issue. Readers have seen this type of thing before, but the team is made up of such different personalities that good stories are sure to follow. With all the cosmic shenanigans going on in Avengers and New Avengers it's nice to read an Avengers book grounded in character and team interactions. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Ben Silverio Sep 14, 2013

    Overall, this was a great first issue. I like the direction that it's going in so far and from what we've already seen of the team interacting together, I can tell that I'm going to like the lineup. I look forward to issue two and seeing how the team manages without the big guns for back up. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Sep 28, 2013

    All-in-all, this was a good 1st issue, I'll be back for #2. If you like Marvel teams where the banter between the members and views into their personal lives is as much a draw as their action against the bad guys, this should be right up your alley. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Oct 26, 2013

    This was a good issue, and although it wasn't outstanding, it was better than I dreaded it would be, being a brilliant starting issue for the series. It also tied in with the Infinity event nicely, and although there were some weird moments it was overall an enjoyable issue. Due to this I'd recommend this issue, but it isn't the best Avengers issue, so only if you have spare cash after getting the main part of Infinity. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    PopMatters - Troy Wheatley Sep 17, 2013

    Whether it makes a big deal of it or not, Mighty Avengers is breaking at least a little ground by having the first Avengers line-up where the majority of members are not 'white'. Historically, it's a minor landmark in that sense, though like Brian Wood's 'all-female' X-Men it knows that it is the strength of the characters themselves that will determine the long-term success of the series, rather than their demographics. Still, to see Luke and Monica leading their team into battle is to wonder why no-one has ever thought of doing an Avengers title like this before. Could this be what the Avengers look like going forward? Well maybe so, you never know. And hey, why not? Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    ComicBuzz - Ollie Sep 17, 2013

    The main question about the book is do we really need another Avengers title on the shelves when the team is essentially a team of Heroes For Hire. The addition of Superior Spider Man is a stroke of genius as the character is one of the best in the Marvel Now titles and his reaction when he sees Spider hero is humorous. The art by Land is as you would expect with chiseled good looks and toned bodies. His art never really varies from book to book .He is a very talented artist but a bit of variety would not hurt. The story is well written by Ewing and looks like it could be a good series. The book really should have been a Heroes for Hire title but the Mighty Avengers name will have more selling power. Pick up this book if you are a fan of Cage or much underused Spectrum (AKA Monica Rambeau). I will continue to pick up the book to see where it goes as it has a lot of potential and I want to find out the identity of Spider Hero. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 12, 2013

    So, a disappointing start - a great cast, lots of potential, but still lots of elements to be sorted out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Sep 12, 2013

    Mighty Avengers sets up an interesting premise. Future issues are looking very enticing, as the story is enough to keep you interested and ready for more. Luke Cage is a great character and should be leading a team book if hes not going to get a solo series. With Spider-Man on board and Avengers in the title, this book should be a high seller too. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Sep 13, 2013

    Early word is that the book has been under-ordered by retailers, surprising absolutely no one, and it's got a hard struggle ahead of it in finding an unbiased audience in an overcrowded marketplace. I honestly believe were this a Heroes-For-Hire or even Luke Cage or Power Man solo book that there would be less scrutiny and next to no conversation about race surrounding the title, though also likely no more successful. I think Luke Cage has evolved beyond the "Sweet Christmas" blacksploitation origins and become a central figure for the Marvel Universe, one who earned a team lead and even his own title without needing Spider-Man to back him up. There's the best of intentions with Mighty Avengers, and some talent to back it up, but not the right next-level talent to both overcome any ingrained prejudices (if this were, say Warren Ellis and Mike Deodato Jr, I don't think we'd be having the same conversation) and elevate the status of yet another Avengers series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Taylor Lilley Sep 16, 2013

    Mighty Avengers #1 seems misplaced in time (fitting, what with all the temporal disturbances in the Marvel Universe) and ill at ease with the galactic scale of events surrounding it. If it can survive the predictable "New Yorkers unite to repel all invaders" scenario with internal tensions still fizzing, watching this cast realise Luke Cage's Heroic vision for the Avengers might just make for a must-read Avengers title. But that's a way off yet. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerds On The Rocks - MikeFitz538 Sep 12, 2013

    Which brings us to Land's art. While I agree with many issues with his art, I will say that this was one of his better issues. Certainly, the photo realism still exists, I do feel that it was less prevalent and it had more actions and less of his usual awkward and sexualized poses for his female (though Spectrum did have a few poses that were closes). I do like Spectrum's new costume and am glad we got away from the costume, overall glad to see her in a Marvel comic, as being one of Marvel's best characters. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geeked Out Nation - ComicNerd11 Sep 13, 2013

    This issue was surprisingly good, don't let the lower score deter you from buying this issue. Maybe because of our lower standards, but the issue carries itself very uniquely. The relationship and mentoring of Luke Cage towards the new Power Man is already interesting and Power Man's dismay towards Superior Spider-Man is already entertaining. Also a new mysterious character is introduced. All we know is that he knows Spectrum and he is now under the alias, "The Splendiferous Spider Hero." Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Aug 19, 2013

    Right now, with so many other Avengers titles on the stands, Mighty Avengers still has a ways to go before it can truly stand apart from its sister titles. While Jonathan Hickman is reaching the ends of the universe with his deliberately plotted Infinity, Mighty Avengers still feels a little too slap-dash, a little too convenient to really measure up. Unless you're a die-hard Luke Cage fan, this series is missing a key ingredient to really make it succeed. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Sep 11, 2013

    There are a number of reasons to readMighty Avengers #1: it's technically a tie-in toInfinity, it features a mostly African-American cast of characters — if you're invested in diversity in comics — and it hearkens the return of Luke Cage to the ongoing happenings of the Marvel universe. But it's faults are big, and they might just be too big to ignore going forward. I'll give most any series three issues, but I'm not holding my breath. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Sep 11, 2013

    Greg Land pencils the book and, while not everybody is smiling like a smug cunt (the Greg Land staple), there is some of that. The entire scene between Spectrum and her tailor is cunt-smiles all around. Land is a competent artist, just not very exciting. Character faces are usually forced into reactions all the time, the shading is more often than not dull and, overall, Land can communicate the action, but not involve you with it. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Sep 16, 2013

    I did not have high expectations for Mighty Avengers #1 and maybe because of that it was able to surprise me a solid first issue. Al Ewing effectively introduces us to this new Avengers roster and shows us the different relationships shared between the cast. Ewing does this in a natural way that does not shine a spotlight on how this series was marketed when it was announced, which would have been easy to do. Instead the story and cast are allowed to interact as if they were actual people who have a history with one another. While the tie-in to Infinity is awkwardly done there was enough here that I am interested in picking up the next issue. If youre an Avengers fan than you should give Mighty Avengers #1 a shot, as long as you can get passed the typical Greg Land artwork that is. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Following The Nerd - Jake Tanner Sep 13, 2013

    Though I'm still not sold on yet another Avengers book, I'll stick with this one for a couple more issues. Ewing has the fun aspect nailed down; it'll be interesting to me to see how he'll handle the more serious material. Even if I don't get my wish, at least I'll get a couple of fun, new Luke Cage stories! Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Sep 29, 2013

    Greg Land's art tells the story clearly, and his realistic approach makes it easy to see these incredible figures as real people. He's often criticized, though, for apparent lightboxed art stemming from strong photo reference. That appears to be the case again here, notably with his depiction of Spectrum. Her facial expressions in the costume shop scene seem particularly reminiscent of a supermodel photo shoot. It's distracting and takes the reader out of the story. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Bin - Leroy Douresseaux Sep 24, 2013

    The result of Ewing and Land's efforts is a comic book that is neither mighty nor spectacular, but it isn't completely bad. It is Avengers and if you like Avengers, well... Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Kmutz Sep 16, 2013

    This is the best character driven very well team dynamic focused comic i have read in a while & is very much better than a lot of other Marvel titles. It feels fresh, different, dynamic & very relatable in a manner of ordinary super-heroes just trying to save the world from a mega-epic full on invasion. Some of u might also wanna read another review not yet added on kotaku. https://kotaku.com/finally-the-avengers-i-always-needed-1309987892?utm_campaign=Socialflow_Kotaku_Facebook&utm_source=Kotaku_Facebook&utm_medium=Socialflow

  • 8.0
    LeandroMDuarte Sep 12, 2013

    Great first issue that sets the tone of the series and some of the themes that probably will be developed as the stories unravel. Brilliant characterization and very good pacing. The links to Infinity feel natural and make for a good reason for the fledgling team to assemble. On the art side, Greg Land alternates between dynamic action pieces and awkward faces and poses. There are definitely moments that may throw the reader off with their sheer weirdness, but the bad bits are not enough to ruin the comic. Frank D'Armata's colors complement Land's art nicely and really make the drawings pop. And the book also features an appearance from the Plunderer, who might just be the character find of 2013.

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