Avengers #14

Event\Storyline: Infinity Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Leinil Francis Yu Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: June 19, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 5
7.4Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

“THE SIGNAL” – Prelude to Infinity
All of the Origin Sites go active as the Earth begins to communicate with something much more ancient than human civilizations.The Terror scientists of A.I.M. unveil the S7 program. All of the Origin Sites go active as the Earth begins to communicate with something much more ancient than human civilizations.The Terror scientists of A.I.M. unveil the S7 program.Prelude to INFINITY: Part One.

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Jun 19, 2013

    Nick Spencer joins Jonathan Hickman on scripting duties here. Perhaps he is the reason for the jolt in the usual quality of the title. This will be heralded as one of the best installments of the series alongside last issue and the first arc. If readers are truly excited for the Infinity storyline at the House Of Ideas they should get caught up on this awesome title. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 22, 2013

    So the cover doesn't really work for me - but once you get past that, this is a fantastic comic and highly recommended! Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Jun 19, 2013

    Artist Stefano Caselli is a beast on this issue. His style is more in line with Jerome Opena's -- the artist on the first, second, and third issues who got this series off to an epic start -- and the title is better for it. With such heavy burdens on the characters, it only seems right that the artwork evoke such momentous imagery. Everything from the eerie opening pages to the scenes of the heroes working together to save people are glorious to behold, making this a fitting prologue to what looks to be quite the big event. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Jun 25, 2013

    Avengers #14 has everything that you could ask for from a comic book. It has action, drama, character development and proper use of continuity all in one neat package. Jonathan Hickman and Nick Spencer showed masterful hands in how they crafted Avengers #14 as each scene flowed into the next. The use of Bruce Banner proved to be the highlight of this issue as we finally get to see the character not just used as the Hulk but as one of the smartest person in the Marvel Universe. Coupled with a great call back to Planet Hulk and recent developments in Avengers the issue had a larger than life feeling to it. With spectacular artwork from Stefano Caselli Avengers #14 is another phenomenal issue for this can't miss series. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze Jun 20, 2013

    It has been a complex story, layered with mystery and that is what makes it exciting. The art and style of the book again has been stunning, hasn't been anything less since the start of this book. I honestly cannot just stop and look at their facial features and not feel as though this is real. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Jun 22, 2013

    While there are still some small problems in the juggling of the large cast, this book is going somewhere as Hickman and Spencer starts using some of his build up and ideas in compelling ways while Stefano Caselli and Frank Martin illustrates them wonderfully. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 22, 2013

    Hickman's ideas are still as crazy as ever. The giant builder men are weird and come out of nowhere, but they merely represent the dangers of these crash sites, so they definitely work in representing the otherworldly nature of the crash sites. Hickman has successfully built up the scale of this threat, and the idea that there is something huge about to happen – and that the Avengers might not be prepared to stop it – fills every page. It was also cool to see all of the Avengers coming together to battle this threat. I'm still not totally on board with everything Hickman has done in this series, but there's a definite sense of growing dread and of all his plans coming together, and that makes for an exciting read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Ben Silverio Jun 23, 2013

    Finally, the sheer magnitude of what's going on is extraordinary. I've said it before, but not a single issue of this series to date has been a wasted motion. There are things from issue one that are still playing an important role in issue fourteen. I am in love with all the details that are being scattered throughout this run. Whereas in 'Age of Ultron' where I wanted to know more, I'm given everything that I need to and want to know in 'Avengers' and it all ties together perfectly. Seriously, at this point, if Jonathan Hickman were to be in my presence right now, I'd pull a 'Wayne's World' and declare that I am not worthy. Everything that the man has written so far since the start of Marvel NOW has had me hooked and now this prelude to 'Infinity' has me even more excited for that event to start, despite the opening shots barely being fired. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Jun 20, 2013

    Avengers #14 isn't the multiverse-bending installment Hickman and Spencer normally deliver, but it's still some interesting superhero adventure. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jun 19, 2013

    "Avengers" #14 feels like it's suddenly back on track again, and I'm always in favor of that. How this ties into "Infinity" or where it will end is anyone's guess. For now, though, it feels like business-as-usual, and that's the best result you can hope for when you see a crossover banner on a title you read. Fear not! Crossover-itis hasn't set in just yet. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Magen Cubed Jun 20, 2013

    As the cover implies, this issue is a prelude to the Infinity event, which looks to be a big deal for Hickmans books. (I tend to avoid event solicits as to go in with no expectations, so I really have no idea what all theyre planning.) We end up with an intriguing issue with a lot of things happening at once, as many of the threads weve been seeing in recent issues intersect, and a dramatic ending complete with ominous looking alien pods and anxious-looking scientists. A bit by-the-numbers, but Hickman throws out some big ideas and great imagery, especially with the machinations of his cube-headed giants. Casellis artwork offers a new approach, and I enjoy his stylized character designs. Overall a solid and interesting issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge Jun 19, 2013

    Stefano Caselli steps into the art duties this issue with Mike Deodato moving his skills over toNew Avengers giving Steve Epting a much needed break. Caselli takes onAvengers #14, an issue that features only two pages of action, in a way that works for an Avengers book. Caselli isn't trying to reinvent the wheel and the issue comes off feeling a little familiar, whether that is a good or a bad thing will be determined by each individual reader. As for me, I wasn't terribly thrilled with artwork, but I didn't find it lacking in quality or distracting either.The soonerAvengers gets back to art that reflects its grand science-fiction atmosphere the better. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Jun 20, 2013

    Art wise, it's kind of like the rest of the series so far. Never particularly exciting or incredible, but nothing really bad either. Everyone's drawn fine, the world's drawn fine, and the creatures are drawn… uniquely. Outside of maybe a hiccup or two, like the stale action I mentioned, nothing bad at all. Maybe that's one of this comic's greatest sins though, its art is never really spectacular or rarely does anything incredibly looking. This series is not something you would be buying for the art. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jul 5, 2013

    Although it's tough to recommend this single issue, it shouldn't make you stay away from this series. Hickman has a proven track record and this summer's Infinity event looks like it could be something special. Hopefully the plot-lines introduced in this issue will pay off during that storyline, but as a single issue it just didn't satisfy now. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Jun 21, 2013

    I have to give Hickman some credit, the guy really knows how to plant seeds for what could potentially be a fantastic story. The problem is, I personally don't want to wait a year just to find out what something meant from issue 2, it's even worse with a twice monthly book. Read Full Review

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