Avengers #4

Avengers #4

Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Adam Kubert Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 30, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 29 User Reviews: 7
7.0Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

The Secret Origin of Hyperion.The Legacy of the Garden unfolds in the Savage Land.“We’ll have to field test our theories here. NOW.” --Dr. Deeds

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Sara 'Babs' Lima Jan 30, 2013

    It is great to see sci-fi integrated fluidly and effortlessly into the superhero genre, and if there is anyone that can pull that off without skipping a beat, it is Jonathan Hickman. Once again, Hickman proves to us that he is capable of combining these two genres together to create a really well written, fascinating story. Aside from the set up of this new and interesting story, we also have a neat introduction to Hyperion's character, his history and his power set. Adam Kubert illustrates and does a fantastic job. This is definitely gearing up to be an interesting series. If you missed the first three issues, you can definitely follow along starting here. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 31, 2013

    I was expecting big things from Hickman on the title, and so far, he's exceeded my expectations. No complaints here, except for the fact that I have to wait for the next issue! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Jan 30, 2013

    Like after reading every other issue of Marvel Now!’s Avengers, I’m very much looking forward to seeing what’s in store next. This issue is certainly no exception to the good direction that Avengers seems to be going. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Feb 4, 2013

    The art from Adam Kubert is gorgeous. With so much story to tell, a misstep in the art could prove disastrous. Kubert doesn’t flinch. He lets you see what you need to see and allows your imagination to fill in the blanks. When Kubert does put pencil to paper, the whole book raises to another level. Kubert can easily switch between light pencil strokes in certain areas and more powerful lines in others. He never loses his ability to draw emotive faces nor does his unique style cause him to ruin the action. When Kubert opens up, it’s pretty amazing work. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Maxwell Majernik Feb 4, 2013

    Avengers is a very interesting comic book right now. I give Marvel a lot of credit because they aredefinitelyletting Hickman tell his own unique story on their biggest title. No issue has completely blown me away yet, but the story is being told for the long term and the payoff will be worth it. This series may be the first taste of Hickman for a lot of readers and it does take some time to get acclimated with his style. Once you get acclimated though, you quickly come to realize this is the best The Avengers have been for a long time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 2, 2013

    It's nice of Hickman to give us an origin to Hyperion since he made the character such a big part of this issue. If wish he'd done the same with Captain Universe last issue. But even still, who cares about Hyperion? He's a weak Superman clone and he barely does much in this issue anyway. He most certainly does not possess an interesting or captivating personality, or any reason whatsoever for me to care about him. But that's the bigger picture that I guess Hickman is building towards. Like maybe somewhere down the line, Hyperion will prove his worth, or something. I don't know. All I do know at this point is that we've got a fairly uninteresting character, who has very little background or emotional connection with the reader, going on an adventure in the Savage Land. Why should I care? The AIM scientists in this issue are far more interesting and are better fleshed out than the Avengers. And that's saying something. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Ben Silverio Feb 2, 2013

    This is a good start to the next chapter in Hickman's 'Avengers'. With veteran artist Adam Kubert and colorist Frank D'Armata joining the creative team, it's really hard not to get into all aspects of this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 2, 2013

    Things in the pacing department are a little bit odd for me, but this issue is still a clear sign that Marvel intends to take their not-a-relaunch seriously in terms of changing things up. There are echoes of The Authority here, yes, as well as a couple of other stories (including Gruenwald's old 'Squadron Supreme' and it's world-changing scope, ironically) but this isn't a carbon-copy of what has come before. A.I.M. comes across as intimidating and competent, the last page reveal promises more intrigue, and the art never dips below remarkable. All in all, Avengers #4 keeps up the streak, delivering another strong issue, albeit one going a bit slower than #1 or #2, but still holding my interest in the Avengers New World Order, earning 4 out of 5 stars overall. It's my favorite of the relaunched Avengers titles, and the only one that has solidly nailed the landing in showing us a whole new world for Earth's Mightiest... Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge Jan 30, 2013

    Avengers after four issues still hasn't achieved the incredibly high level of awesome that its sister title, New Avengers (which should have been named “The Illuminati”), has reached after just two. Still, it is a fine comic book and most readers of this title should be pleased every week it is released. Hickman has promised an even bigger story with this arc, and after #3′s massive scale, we'll have to take his word for it as this issue actually seems to ground itself a little bit more in its characters instead of forging ahead into another massive conflict. But don't see that as a bad thing, Avengers #4 is one of the coolest single issues to come out this week! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Magen Cubed Jan 31, 2013

    All nitpicks aside, this is a solid and enjoyable issue, and an interesting segueway into the larger universe this series is building up to. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Jan 31, 2013

    This issue sets up some awesome things, and while I'm still not sure exactly what's going to happen in the long run, half of what I love is finding out. This issue also brings forth another connection between Hickman's two Avengers books that I think is going to come into play fantastically in the future, so I'm definitely anticipating whatever comes from that. I do miss Jerome Opena, but Adam Kubert is a fine replacement so there's very little complaint from me on that point. Plus, honestly, I'm a sucker for Superman's origin story, so Hickman gets some bonus brownie points from me for telling his own version of that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - paladinking Jan 31, 2013

    While the art is a mixed bag, I think that overall, this was an improvement, despite my opening remarks. This is largely thanks to Hickman giving us an issue that was perhaps easier to become invested in than his prior outings, with the focus on Hyperion in particular giving something a bit more meaningful to latch onto. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flip Geeks - Earl Maghirang Feb 1, 2013

    Overall I like AVENGERS # 4. It's a one and done story set in a larger, more complex story arc and we get to see that Hyperion's a lovable guy, far different from the Hyperion we saw in Avengers volume 3" Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jan 31, 2013

    New readers may be confused, but those interesting in seeing where Hickman's mystery goes will find plenty to chew on here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Jan 30, 2013

    Those hoping for a return to the energy of the first storyline will be disappointed. Avengers #4 is part epilogue for Ex-Nihilo, part prologue for Hyperion. It's a lot of narrative heavy lifting without a lot of payoff. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Christopher Romero Feb 2, 2013

    This title will appeal more to sci-fi fans, but it's still an overall solid read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Jan 31, 2013

    In the grand scheme of things, Avengers #4 may seem to be a key piece in the puzzle. For now, it's a solid step in Hyperion's legacy, and time will tell how high he rises. Readers have found that Hickman puts clues and references in each issue alluding to plot points found in other issues " the panel in Avengers #4 showing A.I.M. pulling Hyperion into this universe shows a key scene that also appears in Avengers #1. If it's true that Hickman's story covers 36 issues, readers are now moving past the tip of the iceberg. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Outer Realm Comics - warriorfist Feb 4, 2013

    To be fair, Hickman has a habit of doing a very slow burn approach which only picks up two-three arcs in, as evidenced by his Fantastic Four and Secret Warriors. So it might not be entirely accurate to use the disappointing performance of this issue as a litmus test for the whole run. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Feb 1, 2013

    The two audiences aren't mutually exclusive, but I can't help but see certain people picking up this book and thinking "what the hell did I just read?" I'm not one of those people, but I can see their perspective. Hickman has spoken about a "three year plan" for this and "New Avengers" " let's hope that Marvel doesn't hit the panic button and pull him off before he can achieve that plan. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    Geek Smash - Andrea Shockling Jan 31, 2013

    The final pages show us some alien-baby-child-tiger-guys that Hyperion apparently decides to spare, and a seventh infected site that again A.I.M. has found before it was even on the Avengers' radar. Maybe one of the issues I have with this series so far is how not-super Hickman is portraying these superheroes? Between their quick takedown in the first issue to their seeming lack of decent radar in this one, Earth's Mightiest Heroes just don't seem at the top of their game. And neither does Hickman, unfortunately. Here's hoping this is just one misstep in the larger story he is telling. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Den Of Geek! - Mike Cecchini Jan 31, 2013

    There are, of course, some serious implications about the last page of this comic, and this should come back to haunt the team in future issues. It's interesting that Hickman has stepped away from the "team building" exercise of recent issues in order to give us this little interlude. Avengers #4 is less of a pure story than it is a means to get readers acquainted with Hyperion, and I suspect that this is a technique that Hickman will use again in future issues to familiarize us with other lesser-known characters on what's sure to be an immense roster of Avengers. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Danny Djeljosevic Feb 5, 2013

    Pretty art from Opea and White is followed by, um, less pretty art from Adam Kubert and Frank D'Armata. Kubert's alright -- he shines on some pages while on others he makes some layout decisions I cannot abide (a 2x4 grid of slender vertical panels? really difficult to read) but he's got a vague Chaykin vibe I can't resist. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Jan 30, 2013

    The art in this issue doesn't do much to help the situation. Adam Kubert is a legend in the comic industry and rightfully so, but this is not his best work. For every finely detailed panel there are several that look rushed and half finished. The characters' faces rarely display any kind of emotion, which renders the scenes stiff and boring. It just doesn't flow, and it doesn't grab you. Avengers was a book we were incredibly excited for and one that is slowly becoming a major letdown. Here's hoping it gets back on track and brings the pie. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Feb 10, 2013

    Adam Kubert's dynamic, angular style seemed tailor-made for the super-hero genre, especially when it comes to larger-than-life superhumans and creepy, sci-fi monsters. Unfortunately, it really doesn't seem like a good fit for this story or Hickman's writing in general. There's always something of an intense, even frenetic quality to his visuals, and Hickman's scripts often call for a more thoughtful tone, even in the midst of the action. Hickman's stories usually seem to work better with a more detailed approach, and Kubert's work here sometimes boasts a looser look (especially when the insectoid appendages of the A.I.M. guinea pig go after the heroes). His work isn't poor or even below Adam Kubert's usual standards. It just seems out of place in the context of a character-focused, brainier script. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay Jan 31, 2013

    "Avengers" #4 has some good ideas but the focus is split. Hickman manages to deliver nice round plots for each side of the book but they don't add up to a whole on their own. They each either needed more for a full issue's focus, or the Hyperion sequence needed more hook into the main narrative. There is some connective tissue but not quite enough. A tidy A.I.M. fight and a final reveal of something else to come is good but not grand. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Syndicate - Chris Mailloux Feb 4, 2013

    In the end I really didn't enjoy this issue as much as the last one. It had some good points but overall the story was average and didn't really connect that well with the previous issue. At points it felt like I was reading a different book almost. I'm still interested to see what happens next though and hopefully the quality of the next issue sees a return in quality like that of issue 3. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Feb 5, 2013

    Though Avengers #3 had its good points it failed to capture my interest after the strong opening arc. The origin of Hyperion wasn't that interesting and would have been better served as a one-shot comic. In the process of telling such an origin story Hickman caused the story involving A.I.M's to be rushed as not enough time was dedicated to what they were doing in the Savage Land. It does not help that Adam Kubert's art, which I typically love, was not up to par with what he normally delivers. With so many great titles being published under the MarvelNow banner Hickman is going to have to do a better job delivering a tighter story or else the Avengers will face the chopping block. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Feb 1, 2013

    Poor Avengers, you had so much potential. Hickman was coming off a highly praised run on Fantastic Four, but so far it's you've been falling short. Issue 4 feels the dullest so far, with all the Avengers back on earth searching for these plant things that were sent to earth to remake it in the opening issues. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Jan 31, 2013

    Most series take about 6 issues to lose momentum, but Avengers did it in 4. It started out as one of the most epic comics Marvel has published, and it could have been the best book on the stands if it improved. But this is just crap. It was a chore to read this travesty, and I now consider Avengers off of my pull list. Read Full Review

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