Avengers #16

Event\Storyline: Infinity Writer: Nick Spencer, Jonathan Hickman Artist: Stefano Caselli Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 17, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 12
8.1Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

Prelude to INFINITY: Part Three. The battle between the Avengers and Mad Earth heats up. Whatever happened to Ex Nihilo and Abyss, and for that matter, Starbrand and Nightmask as well?

  • 10
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jul 17, 2013

    Avengers #16 is a fantastic example of why Avengers is the flagship book of the Marvel Universe. There is no bigger comic in the publisher's line at the moment, and the drive toward Infinity is getting more interesting by the page. Spencer's work with Hickman's overarching plan is some of the best he has done in the Marvel U, and Caselli's art takes the comic to the next level. This is a must read comic for readers looking for the most epic book Marvel has to offer. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Jul 17, 2013

    I cant think of a reason to mark down a superhero book for trying something new, interesting and different. This is a book well worth reading, well worth investing in and well worth getting absolutely lost in. I havent even mentioned what happens to Banner in the S.H.I.E.L.D. base (another fake spoiler: its on the cover) and I absolutely cant wait to see how that plays into the entire story. A.I.M. Island is still in the mix, with the Scientist Supreme seeming to have, or at least thinking he has, a handle on the situation, but who can tell for sure? One of the things that makes this book amazing is, as I previously said, a complete lack of knowledge of where its going or what will happen and I think thats great news for people growing weary of calling plots a mile off. This is a great book for neophytes or old-timers alike. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge Jul 17, 2013

    This series has had me going up and down for months now. There are moments of pure genius, followed by moments of overwhelming confusion, and it might not be a bad idea for readers to head to their longboxes and give this series and its sister,New Avengers a read before diving into Infinity. This series has had a few really interesting issues in a row now, and with Caselli's consistently excellent art, stands to deliver a truly intriguing prelude to the story we were promised almost a year ago. Science-fiction is back, and arguably better than ever, over at the House of Ideas, and I, for one, am pumped to see how the merry Marvelites plan to finish out the summer. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Jul 17, 2013

    Even though there are still some trouble with the use of certain characters, there is no doubt that Avengers is very close to its potential as we see many plot threads coming together as the book become more expansive and the action even more intense. With Caselli and Martin on the art, the art match the plot in term of ambition, which is all to the benefit of us readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Jul 19, 2013

    While it is fun to see the Avengers trying to deal with something that they're frankly not able to face head on the best part of this issue is that Hickman continues to show his ability to write these characters. Stand out characters are certainly the ones he's developed himself such as Nightmask, Starbrand, and the new Captain Universe, but during short in-battle scenes we get nice exchanges between other members of the team that make for some levity among the gravitas of the story. But yeah, those scenes with Nightmask, Starbrand, and Captain Univere are the ones that make me want to see what's going to happen next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze Jul 18, 2013

    Despite these minor concerns, it's hard to say that what we do see and understand isn't good enough. It certainly is because what is going on right now is something which none of them can comprehend and they're working against the clock to fight a threat which proves to be out of their league. What will be the redeeming factor right now is how the Avengers manage to fend off this new foe. What we like to see from the Avengers is how they overcome obstacles such as this. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Magen Cubed Jul 18, 2013

    Hickman and Spencer offer another solid action-heavy story, managing to mitigate the confusion of concurrent plotlines through careful plotting. The issue is hectic but not cluttered, maintaining an engaging pace. Casellis pencils and Martins moody color palettes keep things moving in a swift but appropriately ominous tone. Overall a good read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jul 18, 2013

    "Avengers" #16 is fun, but it's hard to keep from feeling like the best parts of the issue are too short and the most average parts are too long. Still, even with the balance a bit off, it's an enjoyable read. I still have no idea what "Infinity" will be, and I don't care, so long as Hickman and company get to keep telling their "Avengers" saga. Avengers assemble, indeed. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Jul 24, 2013

    There are a lot of things that I love about Jonathan Hickman and Nick Spencer's work on the Avengers. They know how to capture the epic scope and small character moments of a series featuring the Earth's Mightiest Heroes. The problem that Hickman and Spencer run into with Avengers #16 is that there is so much going on that they lose focus of the story they are telling. The transitions between Sol's Hammer, Galadoa, the Avengers location, S.H.I.E.L.D and A.I.M did not work as smoothly as it has in the past. This caused the moments such as Bruce Banner transforming into the Hulk, the Spaceknights special appearance and the Avengers defeat to lack the weight they should have had. I am still looking forward to where all these developments are going but Avengers #14 is the first time in this story where I am left wondering if there is too much going on at the moment. Read Full Review

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