New Avengers #19

New Avengers #19

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Mike Deodato Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 14, 2011 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10
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Get ready for some old-school Avengers blockbuster action! It's the New Avengers versus the new Dark Avengers! And wait until you find out who is behind the masks!! Actually, wait until the Avengers find out who is behind the masks!

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Matt Demers Dec 14, 2011

    While this issue wasn't particularly action-packed, it was heavy on character development that actually advanced the story. Seeing Gorgon behind the scenes, hearing that Osborn "has a man on the inside", seeing the Avengers run into an already-subdued crisis and watching Victoria Hand get pelted with eggs makes for an entertaining story. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Dec 16, 2011

    In my honest opinion, I believe this is by far the most interesting arc to date for this series. It's fun, it has excitement, and outside leaving Daredevil behind (oopsies!), the New Avengers don't stumble around as much as we've seen in recent issues. This arc, so far, is just what this series needed! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - IGN Staff Dec 14, 2011

    Yes, there are some odd and aggravating qualities to the series right now, but overall "The HAMMER War" is shaping up to be an enjoyable little Avengers crossover. My biggest concern right now is merely that the story won't have time to fully expand and breathe in the last few months before Avengers vs. X-Men takes over. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Dec 21, 2011

    It's not the best issue of the title we've seen this year, but the latest issue of the title does have its moments. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 18, 2011

    He's gone back to the well again to bring back the Dark Avengers, a group I wasn't that crazy about the first time around. Maybe it's time for a fresh approach. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Dec 19, 2011

    I had no complaints with the artwork and the end of the book brings about the two teams heading for a collision course. This is one of the last issues that will be written by Bendis as he is leaving the franchise for another popular group (probably X-Men).  His run on the various Avengers books has gained strong opinions all across the board. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Dec 15, 2011

    Deodato's art certainly suits the complex, conspiratorial tone of the story, though it seemed to me his realistic style subverts the colorful nature of the many superhuman characters in this story. While there's a darker tone to the writing, the art doesn't seem to include any sense of wonder. Furthermore, the cliffhanger is devoid of the visual impact called for in the moment. Throughout the issue, we see the heroes wondering what became of Osborn and what he has planned, and when they finally come face to face with their enemy, the art understates the importance and emotion of the encounter. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Dec 14, 2011

    With convoluted plotting, off-center personalities and too many characters for its own good, "New Avengers" seems to weaken with each issue. Bendis certainly has his fans. Sometimes, I'm one of them. But compare this with the likes of "Ultimate Spider-Man" and it's hard to disagree that Bendis is capable of far, far better. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Dec 17, 2011

    I don't intend to come back for next issue to find out how it all shakes down, as this issue feels like retreads from top to bottom. Spider-Man has been verbally hanging a lampshade on Vicky Hand's untrustworthiness for over a year now, but no one has actually done anything about it. This team's leader, Luke Cage, is defined entirely by his response to his wife's fears, which carries over to his team as well. Sadly, Iron Fist and Doctor Strange are set-dressing this issue (as are Mockingbird and, strangely enough, Wolverine) and are much better served in the recent Defenders #1. New Avengers #19 is well-drawn but draws on the same territory that we've been working with for about five years now, taking it's bloody time to get nowhere in particular, and existing in a timeframe that is hard to reconcile with the last issue of Avengers, earning a disappointed 1.5 out of 5 stars overall. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex Evans Dec 15, 2011

    I find it unbelievable that this story exists. If you had a sneaking suspicion that this was a re-run of various elements from Dark Reign, you're only half right: it's Dark Reign, recycled, but only dumber and more unbelievable than last time. Read Full Review

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