Avengers #40

Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Javi Garron Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 30, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 32
7.6Critic Rating
6.9User Rating

The infamous firebird of cosmic destruction and rebirth known as the Phoenix Force has returned to Earth to find a new avatar. So now the Avengers and some of the most powerful heroes and villains in the Marvel Universe are being called into a competition unlike anything they've ever seen. A globe-spanning battle that will transform them all and ultimately decide...who will be the all-new Phoenix.
Rated T+

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Dec 30, 2020

    Javier Garron delivers some powerful imagery throughout this issue. The characters look fantastic, but what stood out to me was the fantastic scenes between Captain America and Doctor Doom. Those visuals were exciting and well executed. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Dec 29, 2020

    Avengers #30 is a superhero story built on classic character personality and a good old fashioned fight contest. It's meat-and-potatoes fight comics with modern visuals and sensibilities. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Corey Patterson Dec 30, 2020

    AVENGERS #40 opens up the next big installment of the Phoenix saga. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Dec 31, 2020

    In the end, I would say that the events of Avengers #40 made me want to see more of what this story has in store. You just never know when it comes to the Phoenix if the story will impress, or flop. Everything comes down to execution and the levels of excitement you can generate using this entity once more to fuel a plot. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Aguilar Dec 30, 2020

    Not going to lie, I wasn't exactly looking forward to this arc of Avengers, but this first issue hooked me quite a bit, and I'm eager to see where we go from here. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Dec 30, 2020

    Sadly, "Enter the Phoenix" gets off to a by-the-numbers, predictable start inAvengers #40. There just isn't enough meat on the bone to justify this story beyond stereotypical superhero punch-'em-up. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 30, 2020

    After a lot of build-up and hype, Avengers #40 and “Enter the Phoenix” is an uninspired start. Like the title suggests, it's a riff on the tournament battle story we've seen so many times before. It delivers nothing new or interesting to the genre. Maybe down the line it will but as a beginning it's a hell of a stumble. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    cincyfan Jan 31, 2021

    I really enjoyed this and am very excited to read this arc I love the phoenix.The main cover is awesome wolverine looks great

  • 8.0
    C.V.R. The Bard Jan 2, 2021

    I was surprised how good this was and glad I spent my time reading it. Doom vs. Cap ? Never saw that coming. And surprisingly Cap quoting the "I can do this all day" MCU trope was not as annoying or cringe-worthy as it should have been because of the context of the story. This issue was built around the inadequacy that Cap feels behind the mask and behind all the power that he wields, and I believe someone who has never heard of Captain America could pick up this issue and understand who he is and what he represents without getting to deep in the mythology.
    Wolverine's appearance at the end has me hoping AvX doesn't get a sequel like Civil War did, and overall looking forward to who his opponent will be in this tournament as well as t more

  • 8.0
    maelstron Dec 30, 2020

    Great captain america issue

  • 7.5
    JCP Mar 30, 2021

    Good Cap characterization, fine concept and nothing else

  • 7.5
    Kalaoui Jan 5, 2021

    Good issue by itself away from the previous mess of 39 issues but Aaron is doing it again where he lays it all out and makes you hope for the best but if the last few years are any indication, this will be another disappointment. The main reasons this gets any respect from me is the CAP monologue along with the best art Garron has done in years.

  • 7.5

    This arc starts like last arc by just throwing us into the action, and unlike the last arc, it works better here. Because there isn't really anything that needs to setting up. I'm not excited for this arc, even still, but there is some hope here. The Age of Khonshu tried to do so much and it was really poorly handled. This is a seemingly simple tournament arc that has all the set up it needs done and out of the way. The Doom/Cap fight is fun, with some allusions to their Secret Wars fight in there as well. This is a fun issue, I'll admit. But it's like... This series just spent the last half of the year hitting me, I'm not just going to forget that. So, I'm not going to get my hopes up.

  • 7.0
    Spacey Medicine May 2, 2021

    So much better than last arc, but I am still so wary.

  • 7.0
    CrazyforRAMU Apr 12, 2021

    Today in the Aaronvengers AU: It's Contest of Champions, Firechicken Edition! Check your brain at the door, put up your feet, accept your complimentary bag o' popcorn, and root for your favorites!

    It's a shame to waste Javier Garrón (who is NOT just phoning it in here, this looks gorgeous) on this carnival sideshow.

    Also, attention Marvel: I am full up on Steve Rogers saying "I can do this all day" in comics, thanks. I could go 12 months, at least, without reading that again. It's not cute, it's not clever, it's not subtle. It's not ripe for deconstruction or irony or repurposing. Just (literally!) give it a rest for a little while.

  • 7.0
    DDJamesB Jan 1, 2021

    It wasnt bad and the art was pretty good. It just felt a little corny at times.

  • 4.5
    Frank61 Jan 19, 2021

    I've given up...Cap never gets ready for a showdown by warming up his knuckles...Read his past appearances in comics, read past issues of the Avengers!
    This title NEEDS a change of writer...I like Jason, his Thor work was good, his God Butcher arc was fantastic, but he's had over 40 issues of The Avengers and I can't think of a single issue I would call a 'classic'!
    Imagine writers in the past doing that. I can name 'classics' for Lee, Thomas, Conway, Englehart, Stern, Hickman but still no issue I would read twice in Aaron's run.
    Sorry to be so negative.

  • 4.0

    The Avengers
    Volume: 8, Issue: 40 LGY: 740
    “Sleep Now In The Fire”
    “Enter the Phoenix” Part I

    Publisher: @marvel
    Writer: @jasonaaron
    Artist: @javier.garron
    Colorist: @davcuriel
    Cover: @leeinhyuk & @martegraciacolor
    Letterer: Cory Petit

    The firebird of cosmic destruction and rebirth known as the Phoenix Force has returned to Earth to find a new host. To determine who will wield the power of the Phoenix Force, the most powerful heroes and villains in the universe along with the Avengers must enter a tournament to see who is worthy of such power.

    Enter the Phoenix immediately throws us in action as we see Captain America and Doctor Doom engaged in battle more

  • 9.5
    SenpaifenixJäger Dec 30, 2020

  • 9.0
    Flexstyle Dec 30, 2020

  • 8.0
    wesshamu Jan 10, 2021

  • 8.0
    flodid Jan 2, 2021

  • 8.0
    Pancake French Fry Jan 2, 2021

  • 8.0
    Grifter Jan 1, 2021

  • 8.0
    tonpas1989 Dec 30, 2020

  • 7.5
    iPodwithnomusic Jul 21, 2021

  • 7.5
    dynamitegunstar Jan 29, 2021

  • 7.5
    Adsun22 Dec 31, 2020

  • 7.5
    Magik Dec 30, 2020

  • 7.5
    sebastianorellana95 Dec 30, 2020

  • 7.0
    mrDovydas Jan 17, 2021

  • 7.0
    Jason The Dude Jan 15, 2021

  • 7.0
    Bananaknight Jan 3, 2021

  • 6.5
    Julhin Mar 22, 2021

  • 6.5
    jmprados Jan 21, 2021

  • 6.0
    K-23 Apr 5, 2021

  • 4.5
    Radar Dec 31, 2020

  • 3.0
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