Avengers #29

Event\Storyline: Original Sin Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Leinil Francis Yu Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 14, 2014 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 16
7.7Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

The Illuminati, a secret cabal of the Marvel Universe's greatest minds, was brought together for a single purpose - to protect the world from the threat of multiversal armageddon. But to save our entire universe, Iron Man, Dr. Strange, Mr. Fantastic, Namor, The Black Panther, The Beast and Black Bolt would have to do the unthinkable.
To protect their secret, they tampered with the memories of Captain America - erasing his knowledge of their terrible acts. But no secret stays buried forever. And Steve Rogers is about to discover the betrayal of his closest allies.
With Captain America's memories restored, the Illu more

  • 10
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg May 13, 2014

    Yes, we have seen Captain America vs. Iron Man done before (Civil War). The circumstances are different this time however. While we have internal strife amongst The Avengers, the issue ends in a rather peculiar place. Hickman is building to something big in AvengersandNew Avengers, and the spark starts here. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long May 14, 2014

    Hickman and Yu have dropped a bombshell on the Marvel Universe with Avengers #29, throwing one hell of a curve at the end to keep readers on their toes, and take this series in an unanticipated direction. This is not Civil War 2.0 (yet) but the emotions are running just as high and I can't wait to see where this is going. Avengers is a must-read again, and if Original Sin leads to comics this strong across the board, this will be the best Marvel event in a very long time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Sean Ian Mills May 16, 2014

    Avengers #29 is a lightning rod of a comic. If you've been enjoying Jonathan Hickman's work on the Avengers franchise, then this is the issue where he kicks things into high gear. The world is in danger and the very foundations of the Avengers are about to implode. It's going to be brother against brother for the fate of their very souls, and that doesn't even begin to address the real problems. Hickman has been a slow build, but it looks like he's ready to burst. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Gaumer May 16, 2014

    The Original Sin event has given Marvel the chance to tell some interesting untold stories from Marvel's past, and, according to the tie-in solicits, that's the majority of what we're going to get. The same spider that bit Peter bit someone else, Thor and Loki have a sister, Iron Man and Hulk have some old-school beef, Professor Xavier left a last will and testament, among other things…and we simply had no idea it happened? Yeah, I'm not buying it! But this Avengers #29 tie-in dealt with the whole original sin premise echoing throughout the Marvel Universe in a way that works in current continuity and does so in brilliant fashion. If the rest of the Original Sin tie-in books are half as good as this one it's going to be a great summer. And Hickman's entire universal incursion story-line continues to twist and turn with each and every Avengers issue he writes, with a hard left-turn careening off the rails by the last panel of this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III May 19, 2014

    When a monthly comic that you follow regularly has a giant title proclaiming its connection to a larger macro story that is happening elsewhere on its cover, it may as well have a giant red X stamped across it, but I am more than happy to report that Avengers #29 not only uses the Original Sin arc to inform its action, but also uses it to wonderful effect in terms of the trajectory of the Avengers title as a whole. This is something that has always been coming for Hickman, Rogers and Stark. This was a seed that was planted in #1 and now it is growing into a viciously deadly plant that seeks to tear apart these men, and in doing so, the Avengers themselves. Jonathan Hickman isn’t interested in justAvengers #29 is just a taste of that that scale might be. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 15, 2014

    Some might say this owes a little too much to DC's Identity Crisis, and others rightly may say this is too little, too late, but this is one of the best outings I've seen of Jonathan Hickman's Avengers. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 14, 2014

    This issue also sees Leinil Yu return to the series for the first time since the Infinity tie-in storyline. He's a perfect fit for the grim, foreboding tone of the tale, which culminates in a big battle between Avengers and iron Man drones worthy of a an action-oriented storyteller like Yu. The inking sometimes obscures the figures and the facial work unnecessarily, but not to the point that it derails the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder May 14, 2014

    This issue is about answering the question of Caps memories, but it sneakily slips in another unanswered question from the pages of New Avengers at the very end, and its that moment that leads to a jaw-dropping cliffhanger. One that takes the book in a potentially bizarre and completely different direction. Im fascinated to see Marvel as a company taking risks with things like continuity and setting and this book is another example inline with that idea. While some of it might be familiar territory for some readers, its still very, very much worth looking into for both fans of this series and a MUST for followers of New Avengers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Ben Silverio May 18, 2014

    While it may sound like I was extremely critical of this issue of 'Avengers', I really did like it. I say this all the time but 'Civil War' is my favorite modern Marvel story arc, so to see Steve and Tony at it again in a rematch for Tony pulling some shady maneuvers was pretty great for me. But with that unexpected ending, I'm very curious to see where things go from here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Todd Frazier May 14, 2014

    Hickman and Yu have crafted an emotional and game changing issue. The revelations and reactions are what make this book such an intense read. The relationship to Original Sin may not be clear yet, however, as a part of the overall Hickman Avengers story, it is a well written and illustrated gripping chapter. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards May 14, 2014

    Avengers #29 could possibly be the best issue of Hickman's run to date, being leaps and bounds better in areas that comic was doing poorly in before. The thing is though, it has some serious problems that hold it back from being all it could be. With a price point and lack of extra story content, alongside some art flubs and a horribly structured ending, this issue feels almost like a big rip off that's just trying to suck out extra money from you. As such, it leaves the issue in a hard place, where it's good, but also bad. It's best to read this in the stores and make the judgment of whether or not you would want to purchase this. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - George Marston May 14, 2014

    With a solid lead-in, and pitch perfect art, it may be hard to see exactly what the problem is with Avengers #29. When you boil it down, the issue is that this is the culmination of dozens of comics over the last two years that spent more time breaking the Avengers into groups to talk about how hard it is to be a hero than in actually having them do anything heroic. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick May 15, 2014

    There's still a ton of threads that seem to be just hanging out there (What's up with Nightmask and Starbrand? Will we ever spend more than three panels with Shang-Chi? Is Hyperion more or less problematic than the Sentry?) though, and it's just as likely that this conflict will simply be added to the pile. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston May 16, 2014

    Without a sense of gravity, this current iteration of "Avengers" doesn't hold the significance that it genuinely deserves. I want to love this series, but it feels like "Avengers" is a series that doesn't want to be loved. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Refueled - vashmcdash May 19, 2014

    Not the most powerful of starts for the Avengers tie-in but the ending did leave me with a good cliffhanger that I cannot predict where Hickman is going. While the minor inconsistencies with Yu's drawings, the issue was very good on the eyes but Gho's coloring stood out above the rest, making this issue a pleasure to look at. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza May 19, 2014

    "Avengers" #29 widens the hole that Hickman has been digging for the Illuminati for quite some time now. Hitting the crossroads of "Original Sin" and the Incursions from "New Avengers," this title is now enmeshed into the seemingly inevitable implosion of the Avengers. Hickman does throw in a last minute surprise on the final page, but the surprise is a forty-thousand-foot image, detailed to dizzying heights by Yu -- unfortunately, it's not enough to carry the whole issue, and thus leaves a limp conclusion for "Avengers" #29. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Liam Kelleher May 20, 2014

    The art by Leinil Francis Yu is a great fit for such a dark, moody and claustrophobic issue of Avengers, one of the best things about his art in this issue was that the characters all had very distinct physicality, Starbrand looked like a skinny teenager for the first time in a while. The inks by Gerry Alanguilan were a little heavy at time but for the most part suited the dark and gloomy feel of this issue, the last page spread in this issue is especially well realised and finely inked by the artist creating a powerful sense of scope and scale. The colors by Sunny Gho are competently done but I can't help but feel that a lot of the cold colour palettes used by colorists on this series are just adding to the clinical, antiseptic feeling of this series as a whole. At this point I'd be quite happy to see some warmth breathed back into this series to go along with its new found re-focus on characterisation. Read Full Review

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