Avengers #686

Writer: Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub Artist: Paco Medina Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 28, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 30
8.5Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

As Wonder Man struggles to get through to the Hulk, the Black Order attacks Avengers HQ! The grand cosmic game comes to its shocking conclusion - but the war for Earth is just beginning!
Rated T+

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Mar 28, 2018

    Glowing eyes of purple (two different shades actually) and green and even more Kirby Krackle than expected (lets be honest too much Kirby Krackle is never enough) add even more punch to the pages, as No Surrender takes no prisoners among the combatants. This story has run for a years worth of comics in the span of three months, and it just seems to be picking up speed. And theres still more to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comicsverse - Alex Bisignaro Mar 28, 2018

    Al Ewing, Mark Waid, and Jim Zub deliver some of their best writing in this issue. Hulk drops some hard truth bombs on Wonder Man. The artwork of Paco Medina and Jesus Aburtov elevate this comic to greatness. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geekery Magazine - Shawn A. Warner Mar 29, 2018

    This is another solid issue in the No Surrender arc that keeps up the super fast pace while giving us enough story to fill our brains while our eyes feast on a veritable smorgasbord of mind melting visuals. All this while three of the top writers in the industry show off their character building chops like nobody's business, particularly on the new and improved Hulk as violence monger. This is Marvel Comics, it's what sets them apart from DC, the bombastic images and way over the top plots that meld modern ideas with classic ideals. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DisKingdom.com - Roger Palmer Mar 29, 2018

    This issue had a couple of major surprises and some big fight scenes, I was really impressed, making it one of my favourite issues from the run. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Mar 29, 2018

    When the dust has settled, the game ended in a way that you couldn't have predicted. When it comes to an Avengers event, it is sad to say that a lot of the time you can see the finish line before you get there. This story, plot, and the events of Avengers #686 prove that with the right hands on deck you can still dig into that well of creativity for something we haven't seen yet. At the end of this issue there was no doubting that the end of one terror would only bring the start of another. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Mar 28, 2018

    Just when you think things might have fallen into brainless punching, the series event series has no problem showing it can shake things up. Here we get a depth to the destruction and fighting that's unexpected and through subtle moments we also get different perspectives. A wonderful issue that continues the excellent narrative that's been weaved. "No Surrender' is proof that big events can work and is one of the most unexpected positive surprises of the year so far. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Russ Dobler Mar 28, 2018

    It's perfectly fine, but nothing outstanding. It's good to see Wonder Man's characterization maintained and a new take on the Hulk. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Mar 31, 2018

    The quality has been high, considering its weekly publishing schedule - but it's certainly time to be wrapping up this sprawling tale before it completely spins out of control. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Mar 28, 2018

    This may not be a traditional Avengers lineup at work, but its classic Avengers storytelling in top form. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Apr 15, 2018

    Some solid moments, but all elements of the visuals mar the story. I'm still enjoying No Surrender, but better visuals would have had me reveling in the issue like the previous installment. Still, I'm on board to see how this plays out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    RustonLF Mar 29, 2018

    This is probably my least favorite of the No Surrender issues so far, but is still an entertaining ride that is worth taking. It has some real positive points such as Wonder Man's attempts to get through to Banner and try to help without resorting to violence. There are some moments for more of the U.S. Avengers members to shine. The thing that brings this chapter down for me is that large focus on Hulk. Marvel seems to be setting up a future with an unstoppable Hulk that is consumed by rage over the inability to succumb to death. It creates a Hulk that enjoys the destruction that also has some of the intelligence of Banner. Since this seems to be the same story that is playing out with Cho as the Hulk it seems that Marvel could be setting more

  • 8.0
    DDJamesB Mar 30, 2018

    Avengers No Surrender has not been this amazing story that's changing the game, but it is a lot of fun. The art always impresses and the plots of each issue are ever changing with different character narratives and sub plots. The Hulk is the standout of this issue. He is just brutal and yet so calculating. the Voyager plot was just straight awesome. Everyone in the chat rooms thought she was the next Sentry. What a twist.

  • 10
    Bleemak Apr 6, 2018

    When Simon and Hulk talk, it's great. When Hulk appears, it's great. When Bruce is in it, it's great. When they don't appear at all, it's mediocre.

  • 9.0
    Ryan Feb 10, 2019

    Easily the best Avengers story of the post-Secret Wars world. Everything that started in All-New All-Different Avengers is concluding and the trio of writers handles it perfectly. Waid writes the weekly format fantastically, just like he did with 52. Al Ewing takes the readers back to the Silver Age with his horrifying take on Hulk. Jim Zub writes Quicksilver like no writer ever has and really makes you understand him.

  • 8.5
    Dispatchdcu Mar 30, 2018

    Welcome to the Oblivion Bar where the first round is on me and the pretzels are free! Be warned: like the pickled eggs at the bar, this issue is going to get SPOILED rotten.

    I haven’t been reading Marvel as long as I’ve been reading DC (which is ironic because my favorite books currently are in Marvel), BUT how does Wonder Mans ionic Powers work? And why is he a pacifist? Anyone who knows, hook a brother up!

    But Simon (AKA Wonder Man) tries to talk to Hulk but it doesn’t work. Rogue, Thor, and Hercules jump in to help but he basically destroys them.... I mean come on... he’s the HULK.

    Hulk breaks through the door finding Voyager, who is the Grandmasters daughter, and destroys the pyramoid. Since H more

  • 8.5
    RaisingBlack Mar 30, 2018

    Avengers No Surrender feels the stories we would tell ourselves while playing with a room full of our favorite toys. Immortal Hulk is shaping up to be my favorite version of the green guy. A Hulk that is clearly not dumb and making deliberate choices while still being enraged is going to be a great ongoing story. So far No Surrender has been a massive superhero-supervillain street fight. Hulk cleans house and the players are all exposed. I am not sure this event has needed to be this long, but i have yet to get bored and I have to confess that I have enjoyed this story more than Dark Knight Metal. Metal does more, has better art, and is likely more important but I just plain love how fun and action-packed this weekly has been. This method f more

  • 8.5
    mrDovydas Mar 31, 2018

    Hulk was portrayed perfectly here. If it was Ewing who wrote him (and I believe it was), then the new Hulk series should be phenomenal. Art has been amazing as well. This book just keeps getting better.

  • 8.5
    Kalaoui Apr 2, 2018

    Really fun and nice art to match. This series is a welcome change with no real weak issue so far!

  • 8.5
    Spock's Brain Apr 10, 2018

    That was another really fun issue of "The Avengers" as "No Surrender" marches to its conclusion. This new iteration of the Hulk takes a few unexpected turns here that make the character more interesting and complex than he at first seemed. The action is fast paced and exciting. Good stuff. Oh, and I really liked Wonder Man and thought his narration was well done.

  • 8.0
    CrazyforRAMU Oct 8, 2018

    The Grandmaster wins his game with a few surprise twists, and we've still got a lot of story to get through. This issue continues the trend of showcasing the new Immortal Hulk, but it's frankly to the story's benefit. Smart, cruel, selfish Hulk is awesome! The art continues to roll the story along solidly, though the proportions (particularly on female heroes) are wobbling a little toward the cartoonish.

  • 8.0
    SpiderKnight Jan 5, 2019

    This issue had a very good character development for Wonder Man. The art by Paco Medina and colours by Juan Vlasco are still very good as well.

  • 5.5
    SloboSOY Mar 29, 2018

    Dumb ... I'm very mad about it. If Hulk plan to destroy the pyramidion Why Rogue didn't perceive it (And not Banner tell them to run away). Like I suspected Voyager decide to stick with the Avengers ... Bowering ... And Challenger (Who try to cheat) reproche the game-master of cheating ... But he the US-Avengers did succeed to stop the two Black Order character ... Well at lest one of them.

    Cover - 1.5/2 Related, but not that great.
    Writing - 3 writer for that seriously ? 1/3
    Arts - The arts is still good. 3/3
    Feeling - To be played. 0/2

  • 10
    shatterstar Mar 28, 2018

  • 9.5
    Herushalaim Apr 1, 2018

  • 9.5
    iPodwithnomusic Apr 23, 2018

  • 9.5
    YourGreenMuse Oct 9, 2018

  • 9.0
    CesarCastanha Apr 2, 2018

  • 9.0
    mglsts Apr 5, 2018

  • 9.0
    Khan/Murdock Apr 24, 2018

  • 8.5
    Busterhasviews Mar 28, 2018

  • 8.5
    sebastianorellana95 Mar 30, 2018

  • 8.0
    Jason The Dude Mar 28, 2018

  • 8.0
    Rotivv Mar 28, 2018

  • 8.0
    EDiakota Mar 29, 2018

  • 8.0
    TheFallenKing13 Mar 31, 2018

  • 8.0
    Herptydoo Apr 4, 2018

  • 8.0
    batman_forever Oct 5, 2019

  • 7.5
    jmprados Apr 15, 2018

  • 7.0
    Billyndo Mar 28, 2018

  • 5.0
    Trasiego Mar 11, 2019

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