Avengers #679

Writer: Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub Artist: Aaron Kim Jacinto Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 7, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 27
8.1Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

Who is the Challenger? What is at stake in his grudge match with the Grandmaster? And when the two of them clash, can the Earth survive the destruction they unleash?
Rated T+

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Feb 7, 2018

    This continues to be an event that's a hell of a lot of fun and living up to the hype, exactly what I was hoping it would be. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicsverse - Alex Bisignaro Feb 7, 2018

    Mark Waid, Al Ewing, and Jim Zub deliver the goods on who The Grandmaster's opponent is. This story is well paced, and the new artwork from Kim Jacinto is just as stellar as Pepe Larraz's! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Feb 10, 2018

    The origin of the Challenger is necessary, but more Avenger moments would have been appreciated. The visuals look great, even with a change of artists. This series continues to impress. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Feb 7, 2018

    Some of the it may include further investigation to “Avengers Fever” or “Avengers World.” It may involve the shadowed figure asking for help at the end of Avengers #679, or it might be the mentor-student relationship Beast and Nadia are developing as they try to nurse Jarvis back to health. Whatever it is, this comic has it. Jacinto is a nice exchange for Larraz in a story that has intrigue, adventure, and fun everything an Avengers epic needs. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Feb 7, 2018

    The creative team of Mark Waid, Jim Zub, Al Ewing, and Pepe Larraz should be commended for creating a storyline that has all the trappings of an old-school Avengers storyline but with a modern day lineup and tone. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - Chaston Mar 1, 2018

    First to last, I'll keep this simple"Avengers No Surrender is just a good damn story! Despite even the silliness of "Avengers Fever," which is only silly because of the name given to the disease. It's forgivable as it makes sense that a person exposed to so many different people, races and powers would be affected by it over the years. I'll lend my own silliness to this however and say, fans of the Avengers should be catching the "fever" and enjoying this ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Jrs1003 Feb 8, 2018

    The art, as always, is solid. The colors are vibrant the characters themselves are expressive and exciting to look at. When Rogue blew up over the apparent death of Johnny Storm, I felt her pain. When Falcon was stuggling to control such a diverse team, his panic was apparent even without reading the dialogue. This event has been a great time, and the art really lends itself to this. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Jason Dincauze Feb 8, 2018

    With a series paced this tightly, where entire issues take place over relatively short periods of time consecutively, there is a real danger that the reader can get burned out. It isnt so bad yet, and the weekly pace mitigates that to a degree, but issues like this, even as they move the plot forward, increase the risk that people will lose interest. Hopefully the writers have more tricks up their sleeve to keep it all moving, as there are a lot of issues left before No Surrender concludes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DisKingdom.com - Roger Palmer Feb 8, 2018

    Marvel has been hyping up this series for a long time and it's been an interesting month so far, with this issue really giving us some meaning and backstory to what is actually going on and it's made the whole story much more interesting. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Blair Marnell Feb 8, 2018

    Pepe Larraz is definitely missed, although Kim Jacinto's art is also quite good. If that's what it takes to keep this weekly story going, then it's a relatively small price to pay. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The GCRN - Daniel Clark Feb 16, 2018

    We are near the midway point of No Surrender and it keeps finding a way to work despite some of the problems it continues to create for itself. Every time we get a new piece of this mystery puzzle we find out the board is actually bigger than we realized. Storytelling of that nature could easily become frustrating but the sheer energy these creators have injected into this relaunch keeps it chugging along. Maybe it is low expectations, or maybe it is just the strength of these characters and that are finally getting a stage big enough to properly play in. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Russ Dobler Feb 7, 2018

    It's fine, but nothing spectacular. "No Surrender" is a very long story, but it feels like the creative team is more using that as an excuse to spin their tires rather than pack in the most action possible. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Herushalaim Feb 7, 2018

    Avengers: No Surrender has been a rollercoaster so far. Not just in the story, but also in the quality. While it's never been bad or even mediocre, the fluctuating quality doesn't do it any favors. This is one of the best issues, though. We get a little bit of a break from the Avengers in the second half of the issue and that's where it really shines. I like the ties to Secret Wars and Legacy. This comic takes advantage of cosmic Marvel and continuity, which I'm always a sucker for. If there was one problem I had with this comic, it was either the scene with Beast, Nadia and Jarvis or the art. I felt like Beast's dialogue when he explained Avengers Fever was a little bit clunky, like the writers were trying not to have too much expository d more

  • 9.0
    RustonLF Feb 7, 2018

    We finally start getting answers on what the Avengers are a part of. This is probably one of my favorite issue so far. It does a good job of bringing in Secret Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, and it seems even Legacy. There is not as much action this issue. It is more exposition heavy, but it sets things up very well. I was back on board with the art as well. This is an crossover that I did not want to like, but it won me over.

  • 8.0
    mrDovydas Feb 7, 2018

    Great backstory to the Challenger and Grandmaster, which definitely felt like it was written by Ewing. New artist is really good as well.

  • 9.5
    bigteebomb Jun 16, 2018

    Wow. What a kick-ass issue. No Surrender has been better than 95% of all of the Marvel Events of the past 15 years.

  • 9.0
    Kalaoui Feb 7, 2018

    This feels like it was mostly scripted by Ewing. Ewing pulls the curtain back on what's happening and it felt clunky at first as it always does with Big concept writers but he brings it all together towards the end. Jacinto does a nice job following Larraz with the help of the same colorist Curiel, it looked much better and not too jarring. Waid's pseudo-scientific explanation at the end about how Metal Master was able to take Mjolnir was well put and made sense based on the Marvel U science.

  • 9.0
    Ryan Feb 9, 2019

    Great issue that shows the origins of the Challenger. A very worthy villain that you can’t help but root for.

  • 8.5
    SpiderKnight Dec 26, 2018

    Great writing, very good art by Aaron Kim Jacinto and phenomenal colouring by David Curiel. Not to forget an awesome tease at the end.

  • 8.0
    DDJamesB Feb 9, 2018

    a good issue. This gives us a good back story for the villains and gives us more on what is going on. The art, while not as good as the last few issues, is still pretty good.

  • 8.0
    CrazyforRAMU Aug 18, 2018

    This week's surprise POV character is the Challenger, and his angry relationship with the Grandmaster gives us much-appreciated context for their Game. It satisfies my thirst for understanding while preserving plenty of mystery about the rules. The Avengers take five between rounds, mostly running a "who's sorrier" competition. Beast and Wasp deliver a shamefully stupid explanation for Jarvis's sickness. Handing the art reins off to Kim Jacinto goes fairly well. He works hard on polish here, and though he still has a weird phobia about drawing pupils, this performance is definitely suited to the top shelf.

  • 5.5
    SloboSOY Feb 8, 2018

    The Challenger ... Really !
    So this issue was about who is this new character. And I didn't like it very much.
    I find very easy that the black order (Corvus) decide to leave without eliminating the avengers. Like a didn't try at the start in exploding the mansion. And now they didn't deserve the try ?
    The Avengers lost isn't completely lost (No surprise their). And Rogue admit that they are lost.
    Not a great time for the avengers.
    If that wasn't bad enough we learn in his many year of service make Jarvis sick (A take radiation & other disease the avengers brought back with them at low rate, but enough to change his biology. That wasn't like Black Widow, Hawkeye, Black Knight was only human too.

    Cover - Ok more

  • 10
    MightyVin Feb 7, 2018

  • 10
    shatterstar Feb 8, 2018

  • 9.5
    YourGreenMuse Oct 9, 2018

  • 9.0
    Khan/Murdock Feb 19, 2018

  • 8.5
    that dude Feb 10, 2018

  • 8.5
    iPodwithnomusic Apr 21, 2018

  • 8.0
    Jason The Dude Feb 10, 2018

  • 8.0
    sebastianorellana95 Feb 15, 2018

  • 8.0
    Rotivv Feb 22, 2018

  • 8.0
    jmprados Feb 25, 2018

  • 8.0
    Herptydoo Apr 4, 2018

  • 7.5
    TheFallenKing13 Feb 7, 2018

  • 7.5
    EDiakota Feb 12, 2018

  • 7.5
    Jabberwocky_Superfly Apr 19, 2018

  • 5.0
    Trasiego Mar 11, 2019

  • 4.0
    batman_forever Oct 5, 2019

  • 2.0
    Granfalloon Feb 8, 2018

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