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Avengers #44

Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Kev Walker, Stefano Caselli Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 29, 2015 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 13
7.9Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

This April, the Avengers and the Illuminati face down their final hours. The clock is winding down and the final incursion is upon us.
Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman along with blockbuster artists Mike Deodato and Kev Walker bring to a close the epic saga of the Avengers, the Illuminati, and a Marvel Universe on the brink of extinction. The Incursions from parallel Earths from other dimensions have taken their toll on our heroes, and the battle worn Avengers stand ready to face utter decimation.
Before the highly-anticipated SECRET WARS begins in May, close out Jonathan Hickman's epic Avengers an more

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Apr 29, 2015

    There was once a grand idea and two men behind it all, aiming to keep the world safe. Now, all that remains are the ashes of that idea and the ashes of a world in ruins. Avengers #44 is a grand mic drop of a comic that offers little to no respite before the wars to come. Jonathan Hickman along with a solid art team wrap up the remaining loose ends introduced in both Avengers titles before unraveling them all, along with whole realities, in the upcoming event. Everything has its time and everything dies and Avengers #44 shows us exactly what that looks like; it looks like cities crumbling, whole fleets shattered in space, and two men, former friends, fighting in the wreckage of a broken machine. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comic Book Herald - Matt Lehn May 2, 2015

    If either of these stories are someone's first-ever Marvel comic, they're a pretty unforgiving read. However, if you've been invested, you won't stop now but the immediate reward's really down to what you're willing to make of it. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Apr 29, 2015

    Avengers #44 brings the volume to a close with a bang and acts as quite the prologue for Secret Wars. While it isn't possible to say that Hickman's work on Avengers is really done as this series will rely on Secret Wars to provide an actual conclusion, I can definitely say this Avengers volume closes as large in scope as Hickman began it. There are parts of the issue that feel a bit drawn out for the sake of fleshing out the scope of this event, but overall it is a well crafted comic. This is a big picture book and the flagship of the Marvel Universe, and I am more excited for Secret Wars than I have ever been. Bring on the mayhem, Hickman. I'm ready. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Apr 30, 2015

    The final issue of the volume is a fitting end to Hickman's series Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg Apr 28, 2015

    At the core of the issue is Rogers vs Stark. Just as "Everything Dies", everything has been building to this confrontation. I love that during their battle, we were reminded of their initial discussion while creating the Avengers machine. Great way to reward your loyal readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little May 1, 2015

    Though the full story Hickman has committed to has yet to see its final act play out, this issue feels like the climax to the themes he set forth to explore in this run. Looking back on the entire story as a whole, it's gobsmackingly impressive that as much of this 2-year story has held together as well as it did. Hickman has proven himself to be a Grant Morrisson-level plotter and may surpass the him if "Secret Wars" can stick the landing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Robert Reed Apr 29, 2015

    Avengers #44 has an odd job for a comic in that it is serving two narrative functions. On one hand, it is the culmination of a three-year epic. On the other hand, it is the prelude to Secret Wars. Ultimately, the book is successful in both of these endeavors. However, pieces like the emphasis on the Ultimate Universe draw away attention from many of the other characters readers have come to enjoy during this series and its sister-title New Avengers. As a conclusion, it is hard to recommend this issue to those who have not been reading these titles, especially since the debut issue of Secret Wars will likely recap these events. However, if you've been following the title, it'd be a mistake not to pick this up. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 29, 2015

    The Avengers #44 caps off Hickman's saga in grand fashion while also setting the stage for Secret Wars. This issue is full of epic drama, but often it's the character moments that shine the most. It's a shame that two artists with such clashing styles were called upon to finish out the series, but Caselli's pages never fail to impress. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Apr 29, 2015

    Avengers #44 is a comic that I am very mixed on. On one hand, as a prologue to Secret Wars, it does a pretty solid job building things up and leading into it. There are improvements to the writing in some areas, like the pacing most noticeably. But on the other hand, the issue is a very poor finale for this series as a whole and it lacks in a lot of drama. This is the end of the world as the characters know it, but there's so little passion, emotion, or feelings here that it doesn't do a good enough job of making you feel the desperation and horror everyone should be experiencing. As such, it's hard to really give this a strong recommendation (or even condemnation) in the end. All I can say is that if you made it this far, you might as well read the issue regardless. Read Full Review

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