New Avengers #23

New Avengers #23

Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Kev Walker Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 20, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 11
8.4Critic Rating
9.4User Rating

•  We follow the members of the now-broken Illuminati through their last day on Earth.

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Aug 20, 2014

    I reserve the term "jaw-dropping" for times when a moment was so shocking, my jaw actually drops. So believe me when I tell you: the last three pages of this issue left me cleaning dust out of my beard. What this issue gives us is an intimate look at these geniuses and titans of their world at their most introspective and scared. What it sets up is a storyline that will dwarf even this one. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde Nov 22, 2014

    Overall, this issue was an expertly written character study and Hickman even manages to thicken the plot some more by the end of it. The art wasn’t perfect but the writting warrants a perfect score. The payoff to the illuminati’s actions is stunning, shocking, flabbergasting any way you would like to put it. This issue is a example of why you should stick with Hickman’s books when they falter, the payoff is always incredible. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeked Out Nation - John Tuppen Aug 20, 2014

    It looked like this book was faltering for a while. After Infinity New Avengers took a slip into a period of monotony. For several issues now though New Avengers has been on fire and Jonathan Hickman is writing a comic book with such a consistent air of tension and high stakes that it feels completely essential. Of all the Avengers books being published by Marvel right now, this is the one that is a must read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 22, 2014

    This issue the heroes face the end of the world - each in their own way - and the story takes a surprising turn. It's a powerful payoff after a long buildup, and it's going to be very interesting to see where it all goes from here. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Gaumer Aug 24, 2014

    It's been a long time since a book has told a solid morality tale in the modern style with as much entertainment quality as New Avengers has. This ish takes things in a whole new direction by adding a directly opposing team of villains against our team of "heroes", but the true appeal of this title is the ongoing morality tale that Hickman is weaving into his multiversal incursion storyline. This is a story that is epic in scope, but, like all really good sci-fi, forces the reader to look inside himself and wonder, and re-wonder, what he would do if put in the same position. It's an imaginatively frustrating and entertaining personal exploration of humanity, that no comic book reader should be missing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Aug 20, 2014

    New Avengers #23 is a well crafted comic that, with the final pages of the issue, has maintained it's “must-read” status. There are events occurring within these pages that will reach out into damn near every book in the line, and when a comic is filled with characters and events that affect things on that large of a scope, you can't help but be excited as a reader. This is a great primer for the Time Runs Out storylines kicking off next month, and I definitely recommend giving this one a shot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Aug 20, 2014

    As far as interludes go, this as actually one of the strongest issues of New Avengers in quite some time. This series got derailed in a big way during the Infinity crossover, but now that we're getting back to the crux of the high concept - namely, how far heroes might go to save us, and what it does to them afterwards - as we delve really deeply into each man's psyche as the end of the world draws near. It may be curtains for planet Earth, but this issue marks a creative rebirth for Jonathan Hickman's epic saga. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Aug 23, 2014

    What's with the rapid pace of New Avengers? There have been three issues released in just as many weeks. I know we're building to some big Avengers crossovers soon, did Marvel want to make sure New Avengers had fallen in line with the status quo? Makes sense, considering the epicocity of the current storyline. And I do mean epic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Aug 22, 2014

    Questionable art aside, New Avengers will still leave you speechless. Hickmans focus on characters and the massive twist at the end make this a thrill from start to finish. Bring on Time Runs Out! Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 20, 2014

    Despite the character-heavy focus in this issue, the thick does plotten quite a bit by the end. Hickman wraps up this issue with a really cool twist that hearkens back to the early days of New Avengers and promises big things to come. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Booked - Julien Loeper Aug 24, 2014

    New Avengers #23 and Hickmans entire Avengers saga feels like it carries a real finality to it, which has me dumb-struck considering the perpetual cycle of the rest of the Marvel line. This is the event that Marvel has needed to switch things up a bit. Its almost a Marvel Crisis on Infinite Earths. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nomadic Avenger Aug 20, 2014

    Wow. Best issue of the whole run so far! You can really feel the emotions of the characters, and the ending was a total surprise!

  • 10
    JBL Reviews Aug 23, 2014

    Best comic of the year so far. Wow.

  • 10
    Marios Aug 30, 2014

    Just when I thought issue #21 couldn't be topped, Hickman deals with the aftermath by having the "heroes" actually live with the consequences of their actions. In a medium where characters are treated as merchandise icons mostly that's something we don't see often. In fact, the scope of the Illuminati's actions is such that it should affect and change the characters far beyond the current arc and the title within which it is contained. So, Hickman doesn't shy away from the task. He handles each character with great accuracy and, yes, compassion. The heroes actually believe this is the end so their reaction is pretty much genuine and all too human - a Marvel staple. This time there is no Namor to make the hard choices. Or is there...? PS: Kev Walker is a great artist but he needs some time to find his pace and style on this book. I expect great things from him in the future.

  • 10
    DreadFury Sep 3, 2014

    What?!?!?! Awesome.

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