Avengers #20

Avengers #20

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Daniel Acua Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 21, 2011 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9
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The latest and greatest roster of Avengers root out the secret labs of H.A.M.M.E.R.! Who's really behind this latest threat, and who rebuilt the new Dark Avengers?

  • 8.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Dec 22, 2011

    After all this, the book does set up a great upcoming battle, much like New Avengers did last week. I'm beginning to think that this last year of Bendis on the Avengers is going to shape up to be a great one. (And don't you think for a second I won't be addressing his departure in the future.) Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 21, 2011

    Daniel Acuna's art is doing its part to keep the story humming. My common complaint with his style is that it lacks depth and definition thanks to its over-reliance on color and lack of shading and shadow. Acuna seems to have struck the right balance between the two on this series, and the results are pleasing. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Dec 27, 2011

    The good here definitely outweighed the bad, so huzzah for that. This issue turned out to be a very pleasant surprise, as I was expecting a comic so bad I'd be using negative numbers to score it. Was it perfect? No, of course not, but it was WAY better than what we've been getting from this series for the past 8 months or so. So for that, I have to say I am happy. Hopefully Bendis will wrap up this Osborn story and get back to the relatively good stories we were getting back when this series relaunched. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    Outer Realm Comics - M S R Dec 25, 2011

    Overall, this is a mostly average addition to the Avengers mythos. If you belong to that particular fanbase and have been collecting throughout recent years, this one doesn't commit any cardinal sins as to deter you from picking it up. On the other hand, it doesn't try very hard to change your mind on the matter, either. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Dec 21, 2011

    While I liked this issue, I was a bit disappointed in it. Both of the main creators on this book (Bendis and Acuna) are people in the industry whose work I love and respect, but they just didn't work together on this issue. I loved watching the strategy and planning that went into trying to take down the Avengers and I thought the pacing was great in this issue. Sadly, one of my favorite artists, Daniel Acuna, just didn't work well on this issue and it seemed like a clash of styles. Overall, it's a good read and I mildly recommend it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Flip Geeks - Earl Maghirang Dec 26, 2011

    The book would be good for fans of the Avengers as well as the guys who stood by the title (even during that really awful Fear Itself tie-ins). Plus if you're interested in seeing a good mash-up between Norman Osborn's Avengers and that of Captain America's new team then this is a must. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Dec 22, 2011

    For what it is, "Avengers" #20 is an entertaining issue. The awkwardness and silliness in play is charming and grounds a story that seems primed to fly off into the 'gravest of threats to ever face the Avengers' territory. The inversion of the surface and reality of Osborn's attacks is interesting: the one that seems the strangest is the most effective, while the rest are so obviously set up to fail that one wonders why bother -- aside from the prospect of Spider-Hulks, of course. With this story still in the opening barrages, it's hard to take it too seriously when the stakes are likely to get higher in upcoming issues. For now, "Avengers" #20 is an entertaining superhero pop comic. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex Evans Dec 23, 2011

    Despite the bright spots in this issue, the giant, glaring gaps in this storyline weigh it down quite heavily. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Dec 31, 2011

    Daniel Acuna's art is incredibly attractive. It looks like a cross between the work of Kieron Dwyer (a one-time Avengers artist himself) and the already legendary Darwyn Cooke. He maintains a dark, mature tone throughout the comic, but at the same time, there's a sense of tradition and brightness inherent in the super-hero genre. But again, despite the aspects of the book I enjoyed, I think I'm reading this title (and Bendis' other Avengers work) mainly out of habit these days. It's time to break that habit. Read Full Review

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