Avengers #502

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: David Finch Publisher: Marvel Comics Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 10
5.8Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

Marvel's preeminent super hero team has suffered serious setbacks. A mysterious enemy has sewn the seeds of mistrust and tragedy among the Avengers' ranks. In times of great need, such as this moment, all Avengers must heed the call!

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kelvin Green Sep 26, 2004

    It shouldn't come as a surprise that I liked this issue, as I've defended this storyline throughout the many criticisms it's received. It is a surprise, to me at least, that I found myself as deceived as those critics. I liked what I thought was going on, but it turns out that I wasn't looking hard enough and that there's much more here than I'd imagined. And guess what? I like that too. This is great stuff, and if you've not been impressed so far, I urge you to take a second, deeper, look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Michael Deeley Sep 26, 2004

    Im afraid that after all this build-up, and hints and allegations, issue #503 will be a huge disappointment. Then again, since the first three parts have raised my interest this much, Bendis & Co. have done their job. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shaun Manning Sep 26, 2004

    While fans are up in arms about the plight of Earths Mightiest Heroes, Brian Michael Bendis has done what no writer has been able to do priorget me to care about the Avengers. There have been other enormously talented writers on the series (Chuck Austen notwithstanding), writers that I really enjoy in other contexts, but as a team the Avengers just never did it for me. This is even more strange considering that usually I dont care for Bendiss work. Score one for Disassembled, but no promises for the Avengers relaunch. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Sep 26, 2004

    David Finch turns in about as good a job as one could've hoped for, as he's called upon to deliver a popcorn movie style action sequence that featured dozen of heroes doing battle with a Kree invasion fleet. This in turn results in some wonderful big impact visuals from the double page shot where we get a look at the sheer scale of the attack, to the arrival shot of the Avenger who is fated to die. Now I have to say I wasn't overly impressed by this hero's final moments as the art takes a rather detached viewpoint when it delivers the moment where our hero performs their heroic deed, and I couldn't help but feel the scene would've had more punch if the art had taken us in closer. However, I have to say it was great to see Hercules in action, and no matter what other fans say I can't help but love the scenes that show Spider-Man battling alongside the Avengers. The final page arrival of the final guest-hero was also a solid visual. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Sep 26, 2004

    Im still enjoying this story, but only because I know nothing in comics ever lasts. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jim Kingman Sep 26, 2004

    Another month before more explosions can resume! My review space has abruptly filled! Its time to cut-off! Oh no. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Keith Dallas Sep 26, 2004

    I must echo the sentiments of Dr. Mike Robinson whose letter was printed in the back of Avengers #501: Ultimately super heroes are meant to entertain, to give us a good story, and to be fun. This was not fun. Hear, hear. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Sep 26, 2004

    The sad thing here is the knowledge that BMB is better than this. This is not the Avengers story I would have expected from him, lacking as it does anything in the way of witty writing, satisfying characterisation or even a distinctive writers voice. Marvels summer hype event was a golden opportunity to pull in lots of new readers - myself included - and tell a knockout Avengers story that kept us plugged into the title for months to come. As it is, Im regretting even giving this title the four-issue break I thought it deserved: I should have gone with my instincts and ditched it after the first instalment of this meaningless, confusing and (most unforgivably) unentertaining arc. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Sacks Sep 26, 2004

    Brian Bendis built his reputation on creating interesting and believable characters. Jessica Jones, the ultimate Peter Parker and the detectives in Powers are fully-fleshed out and thoughtful. Here, however, he does just the opposite. The characters are as shallow as can be. Far from being fleshed out, these characters are complete ciphers. This might be the worst series Bendis has ever written. Read Full Review

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