Avengers #500

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: David Finch Publisher: Marvel Comics Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 13
6.6Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

An undead Jack of Hearts is wreaking havoc on the Avengers. Tony's off the wagon, Vision's puking up Ultron dupes, and She-Hulk is on a rampage! The death of an Avenger happens here!

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kelvin Green Aug 1, 2004

    Character mishandling aside, however, this is brilliant stuff. What a relief. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Aug 1, 2004

    David Finch is a great artist and I'm delighted to see he's made the jump with Brian Michael Bendis to the Avengers, as he's a fantastic action artist and this opening issue is the ideal showcase for this ability, as it's jam packed full of big impact moments that I'm sure all artists love to spot in a script. I mean the Avengers Mansion takes two major attacks in this issue, with the second being a wonderful sequence as before the moment of impact there's a nice moment of revelation. I also enjoyed the series of panels where we see Hawkeye's big attack had no effect, and She-Hulk's rampage stands up as one of the most impressive displays of power the character has ever received. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Michael Deeley Aug 1, 2004

    So, overall, it wasnt bad. We get some nice action, great art from Finch and Miki, and the usual Bendis dialogue. Its clearly a set-up for something big. I just hope it delivers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Aug 1, 2004

    What I like best is that I have no idea where this is going, or whats going to happen next. If certain beloved characters get irrevocably changed for the worse, Ill be miserable, but until then, this is an auspicious debut. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jim Kingman Aug 1, 2004

    My only complaint was that the fall of the Avengers was just so relentless and overwhelming. I couldnt catch my breath. I hope matters slow down a bit in future installments. I hope the unseen foes are a surprise when finally revealed. I hope the Avengers survive this chaos! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Judson Miers Aug 1, 2004

    It looks good, but I just hope that this isnt just some sort of media show just for some short-term sales. If the story is worth telling and shaking things up, lets make things permanent like the death of Gwen Stacy and Colossus. If things actually do have some lasting significance, Ill pick it up as a TPB! Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Aug 1, 2004

    A couple of nice character moments (Captain America and Jarvis mutual respect; She-Hulks loss of control) hint at the possibilities of so much more, especially after the writers deft handling of the personalities of the Avengers - in particular Ant-Man and Captain America - in the pages of Alias. Sadly, however, this is not Bendis at anywhere near his best. This is not an intelligent superhero comic. And this is not what an anniversary issue should be. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Sacks Aug 1, 2004

    If you're curious about the chaos Bendis will create in the Marvel universe, no review will turn you away. But if you want to read a well-done comic, stay way away from this one. Read Full Review

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