Avengers #3

Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Jerome Opena Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 23, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 6
7.6Critic Rating
9.4User Rating

On Mars, the Battle between The Avengers and the Garden comes to a dramatic conclusion.“If you want LIFE and all the good things living entails, then you’ll have to earn it.” --Ex Nihilo

  • 10
    16BitMonster - Hamilton Ortiz Jan 23, 2013

    Overall, I think Jonathan Hickman was successful at getting readers excited about the new members and possible new team dynamics which will be a fresh of breath air with all the possible new team ups and story lines. Granted only a small amount of dynamics was shown and not all the new members showed off their potential abilities but that can be left for another issue. Anticipation is the key and I am now excited to see new members like Cannonball and Sunspot made use of when the time is right and further exploration of a character powers like Captain Universe, Hyperion, and Manifold which we only got a teaser. Jerome Opena's art is down right gorgeous and sin to dislike. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ScienceFiction.com - Ben Silverio Jan 27, 2013

    Though it started out fairly complex, Hickman certainly delivered an excellent and enjoyable read for his first outing with Earth's Mightiest Heroes. There's so many places to go from here, so I'm looking forward to finding out which path he takes us down next. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Fandom Post - Josh Begley Jan 28, 2013

    While this issue won't be breaking any new ground or remaking the wheel, it's a fun comic full of big ideas and big characters, and sometimes that's all you need. Hickman is pulling a really cool and diverse group of characters from all over the Marvel U and it will be fun to see how they interact in future issues. Overall the writing is solid and the artwork great. The first issue of this story arc was called "Avenger's World." If that's true, then it's a good world to visit once a month. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Daniel Cole Jan 24, 2013

    So, although this issue may end the title's first arc with more of a whisper than a bang, it is still an engaging read. Hickman really does something interesting with the final moments of the book, which leads to an ominous conclusion. Captain Universe steals the show both visually and narratively, but other cast members also have time to shine. It is a well paced book that delivers on its blockbuster nature, but it is also a book that shows just what type of Avengers stories Hickman is interested in. Stories that are full of character, action and intriguing ideas. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Geek Smash - Andrea Shockling Jan 23, 2013

    “Avengers” #3 ends with a reminder that the Avengers' expansion was an idea born from two very different men: Steve Rogers and Tony Stark. This dark and light, life and death dichotomy is at the core of “Avengers” and “New Avengers” both. I think we'll all be surprised to see how each group struggles to find the balance as they move forward. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Magen Cubed Jan 23, 2013

    A satisfying conclusion to this opening arc of the expanded Avengers universe, once again I am enthralled by the collaboration between Hickman and Opena. The writing is solid, the action tempered by great dialogue and character dynamics, showing just how well this team works together. Even with their training wheels on, so to speak, the somewhat unusual roster proves to be both interesting and successful. As always Openas artwork, complemented by the colors of White, Martin and Isanove, is absolutely stunning. Maybe the Villains learns their lesson and get to keep their planet as long as they play nice ending is a little typical, but overall this is a highly enjoyable issue building to a larger, more ominous story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge Jan 23, 2013

    What I like most about this series is that Hickman is determined to provide something unique. While we are likely going to have to read New Avengers to appreciate his ability to build characters, Avengers is going to be his playground for massive stories with enormous battles and a very large team. All of which he is twisting to provide something that is creative and different when compared to other Avengers titles and other team books as well. This first arc is just one small piece of the puzzle, but Hickman has done a good job of following through on his commitment to readers about what this series is going to be. Plus Opena delivers in every sense of the word. The man is an absolute beast for this first arc and I cannot wait to see what else he is going to be able to do on this series throughout its run. Give this series a try to see if it's for you, I'm betting it's going to be one of Marvel's most popular this year. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Jan 23, 2013

    If you have a problem with stories that use deus ex machina, then this issue will drive you up the wall. I rather liked it because while a god-like force did save the day, the mysterious person behind the mask made it more interesting than a simple wave of the hand. With the main movie cast team and the extended team established in the first two issues, this chapter allows them to interact as a whole unit for the first time. The result is a surprisingly personal and humorous affair that clicks the final piece of this series into place: it's heart. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Jan 24, 2013

    While the story of Avengers #3 has great depth, the art really doesn’t. Jerome Opeña’s work is so hit and miss that the visuals never get a good rhythm going. Some of his work with faces is great, others are much too cartoonish to blend with the rest of the art. I enjoy how he renders the Hulk and Captain America, but his Tony Stark and Thor are sloppy. Where Opeña shines is delivering action, when Hulk punches Hyperion, you feel it. It isn’t that Opeña is untalented, it’s more that some pages are glorious and others extremely average. It might not be so noticeable with a lesser story, but here the art failings are painfully obvious. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jan 23, 2013

    "Avengers" #3 is a satisfying (if slightly speedy thanks to one character in particular) conclusion to the initial story arc, and so far it's a very good comic. Over time, there's no doubt in my mind that it has the potential to be great. For now, though, it's already good enough that I'm willing to call this a big success. In terms of the Marvel NOW! revamps at the company, this is one of the big winners, easily. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Barron Network - Bigyanks Jan 24, 2013

    This is definitely my "looking forward to" book, You can't go wrong with Jerome Opena on art and Jonathan Hickman words. I'm really digging the art in this book, the colors are just popping and bright. Jonathon Hickman with all the whimsical philosophical talks from the world creator and the Thor dialogue it just sounds so right. The book isn't short on action either, albeit it's a bunch of characters I'm not familiar with but looking forward to getting to know. I'm hoping this book is just based on big cosmic issues that require all the avengers to be called upon like this and pie. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Sara 'Babs' Lima Jan 23, 2013

    I love the grand scope of this story, the way that the issue deals with life and death of whole universes but the way that it ends the same way the first issue in this series begins; with the creation of a team. Artist Jerome Opena and colorists Dean White, Frank Martin and Richard Isanove knock this issue out of the park. This issue features some of the best, most beautiful line work I have ever seen for Opena; it's just visually breathtaking. I think this could have been a much bigger story because the scope of it is so huge, and I am only sorry Hickman didn't save it and flesh it out, but I have a feeling this isn't the last we have seen of these characters. This is a beautiful issue that is well written and gorgeously illustrated. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Elijah Williams Jan 27, 2013

    If you have ever wanted to read Avengers but could never find a good point to jump in, this is the series for you. Start from issue one and catch up, it's a hell of a read so far and promises to only get better. There have been some complaints that this arc has invalidated some previous Marvel canon in regards to the beginnings of their universe, but I have always been of the opinion that each story or arc plays in its own canon more or less. I seriously recommend this book. Avengers #3 earns 4 out of 5 stars overall. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Jan 24, 2013

    Avengers #3 brings the first arc to a close that obviously brings forth plenty of questions. If you're familiar with the way that Hickman writes comics you know that this is literally the very tip of a huge iceberg that will be slowly revealed as we move forth both here and in New Avengers.If you're unfamiliar with Hickman then let me just say to trust me, things are about to get crazy and you ain't seen nothin' yet. The best part? It's only one more week until issue #4, where we get to look into the returned Hyperion. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Jan 29, 2013

    Avengers #3is a bittersweet issue where Tony Stark and Steve Rogers' vision of a bigger team becomes reality as characters use their powers creating synergy and potential teamups between previously unrelated Marvel heroes. It ends with ominous foreshadowing, but some readers may be too preoccupied with unresolved questions and plot points that stick out but don't really catch. On its own, it's a solid issue, but in comparison to what preceded it, it just falls short as if its potential wasn't realized. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - paladinking Jan 25, 2013

    The ending is a bit frustrating, honestly. That said, Hickman's Avengers is still a refreshing read that dazzles with its scope and ambition. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Jan 24, 2013

    Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena bring all the tools to make to make this series a great comic, and while they falter here, there's still every indication they can right the ship going forward. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Syndicate - Chris Mailloux Jan 25, 2013

    OveralL: The series has had built up some great momentum but I found that the ending slowed it down dramatically. I'm definitely curious as to what happens next but I was hoping for some more time on Mars. It's a really good issue overall and if you want an Avengers book that's more action than story I'd definitely recommend this one. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Jan 29, 2013

    Avengers #3 solidifies what Jonathan Hickmans run for this series. Hickman establishes why the Avengers are seeing this expansion and that the scope for this series will be larger than life. Most importantly, he does this in a quick 3-issue arc that will let the series continue to grow in bigger ways. I was not a big fan of Captain Universe being used as the deus ex machina for this story. But even with that fact Hickman was able to create a fascinating new character in Ex Nihilo. Hickman has been able to hook me and look forward to seeing what he has in store for this Avengers title. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Jan 25, 2013

    The Avengers #3 is a letdown. I wasn't satisfied with it, and I know the creative team can do much better than this. Sorry guys. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Jan 27, 2013

    Despite what did work about this book, I don't think it'll be enough to keep me on board. Of course, I could very well regret dropping this comic, but I can't justify paying my hard-earned money to repeatedly be disappointed every time a story arc ends. As it stands, I can only give this issue an average score of 6/10. There was so much potential for this story. It's a shame we'll never get to see it. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Jan 24, 2013

    Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opea's Avengers #3 is less a conclusion of a storyline and more a wrap up of a prologue as the Avengers travel to Mars to rescue their teammates and fight the aliens who bombed the Earth from that distant planet. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 27, 2013

    Especially when Captain Universe is used as an almost literal Dues ex Machina. We all know the Captain Universe concept, but Hickman gives us no introduction whatsoever to this new host, or how she's able to just either convince Ex Nihilo to stop what he's doing or blow up the robot. The fight literally lasts long enough for Hickman to write the host trying to understand what's happening. And the moment she does, everything gets quickly settled. Poof. And then Cap's line. “It's an Avenging World”? What a stupid one-liner. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Jan 25, 2013

    Hickman's idea for this series is great but the execution just feels flawed. Read Full Review

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