Avengers #18

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Daniel Acua Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 19, 2011 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 4
6.2Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

The madness and drama of FEAR ITSELF has taken its toll on the mighty Avengers and now they must reinvent themselves once more! The entire world awaits word of who will be the Avengers! This is one of the most important chapters in Avengers' history. You will not want to miss the shocking surprise announcements!!

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Oct 22, 2011

    So where does the team go from here? That's going to be the fun part over the next issue (or more), and as per that last page, a big showdown is in the works. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Oct 19, 2011

    We all need that quiet before the next storm, and "Avengers" #18 with its fun character moments and intriguing set up is a great example of that small book that actually makes the next crisis we're running toward work. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Nov 16, 2011

    Acuna is the right artist for this storyline which is less explosive than the previous one. Im actually glad to see John Romita Jr. gone from this series. He was really pushing it to the ground with his rushed artwork and dirty lines. His work was all sketches and no finishes. Its good to see a totally different take here with Acuna whose work is somewhat painterly and much more stylized. There are even hints of crime noir in his work. Im hooked again. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jamil Scalese Oct 21, 2011

    Within a few pages I immediately put Avengers #18 on the stack. Daniel Acua brings a fresh and softly glorious aura to this title primarily helmed by John Romita Jr. JRJR provides a certain bold feeling to the action packed adventures, but for a slow down, recovery issue like this Acua's style is appropriate for the tone. The simply drawn characters work well (even if Red Hulk looks like a midget) and inspired, almost slippery colors deserve particular mention. Those colors make this work and elevate the issue to one of the better Avengers related reads of the past few months. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Oct 19, 2011

    The pencils done by Daniel Acuna have an obscure beauty that pull on all the right strings. Many readers have strong memories of the events he depicts, and he does them all justice with intricate battlefields full of super hero debris and strong visual cues that would allow any Avengers fan to identify the setting even without a caption. The rubble of Avengers Tower looks just like the shots of Ground Zero after 9/11: crumbled pieces of skyscraper, some ruins still on fire, and brave firefighters tending to the scene. In lesser hands this might come off as crass, but Acuna and Bendis have intricately crafted it to remind us that while these super heroes live in a fictional world, their pain is ultimately a reflection of our most life-changing experiences. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Oct 22, 2011

    A pretty good issue. The art's better than the story, mostly because the story is moving too slowly. But, this is still a fairly high quality title month after month. Put some worse art on this and the story flaws would really start to show up. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Nov 4, 2011

    Many of my favorite Bendis-written comics are the ones that focus on character interaction rather than action, so suffice it to say I enjoyed this transitional issue of this series. There are definitely some problems. The issue doesn't fulfill the promise set out on the cover - no new lineup is revealed, and the selection process isn't even begun here. Furthermore, the main plot that reveals itself at the end of the issue demonstrates Bendis is simply telling one long, extended story with no end in sight. Nevertheless, the meat of this issue focuses on the disarray in the Avengers' world and how it's affecting the cast of characters. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Oct 24, 2011

    The art from Daniel Acuña is good, a more fine art approach to the book than John Romita Jr. Acuña’s art works particularly well here because Avengers #18 is a stagnant issue. There isn’t much movement or action, so you’re really stuck focusing on the art itself, which is quite beautiful. If Avengers becomes more action oriented, which I hope, I’m thinking Romita Jr. would be a better choice. Though it has a lot of positive elements to it, Avengers #18 is another issue in the continuing decline of the individuality of the Avengers. Read Full Review

  • 2.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Oct 20, 2011

    What the hell was THAT?! Seriously, the cover to this issue REALLY misled me big time! Frigging Bendis... Leave it to Brian Bendis to take something as simple as picking a new set of heroes to be on the Avengers and not even be able to do THAT in one issue!!! This comic was most definitely an example of Bad Bendis. Here's hoping we get Good Bendis next issue. Oh, and why the HELL is Luke Cage the owner of AVENGERS MANSION?!? I know Bendis loves him and all, but Avengers Mansion has been in the Stark family for YEARS! *sigh* Let me just end this post now before I go insane... Read Full Review

  • 1.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Oct 20, 2011

    To be perfectly honest, if I wasn't a complete nut for the Avengers (a nut who has every single issue except for 5 issues in the entire run), these past six to eight months would be enough for me to quit. This book, and it's brother, The New Avengers, isn't any good. Cap is right, a change is needed. Marvel, I'm looking to you to save your flagship title. Read Full Review

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