Avengers #42

Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Luca Maresca Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 3, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 4 User Reviews: 31
6.8Critic Rating
5.2User Rating

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Who will wield the destructive cosmic power of the Phoenix Force? Namor will stop at nothing to be the fiery victor. The Black Panther worries as much about victory as he does defeat. Jane Foster knows what it means to carry on a powerful legacy. The She-Hulk cannot be stopped. And the Orb has a giant, creepy eyeball for a head!

Rated T+

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 3, 2021

    Luca Maresca delivers some powerful, beautiful and gorgeously detailed art in this issue. The action is breathtaking and the characters look amazing. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Aguilar Feb 3, 2021

    Some parts of the issue feel a little on the filler side (though incredibly gorgeous filler to be fair), but it seems things are moving in the right direction by issue's end. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Feb 3, 2021

    If youre not a fan of Jason Aarons Avengers run or the Phoenix Tournament, then expect more of the same but with great art. Things are progressing slowly as the tournament continues with more matchups with the stakes being reserved for a select few fighters. I dont recommend buying this issue unless youre already on board with the tournament, because this is not a good jumping-on point for new readers. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    AIPT - Alex Richardson Feb 3, 2021

    Skip this and go read any classic manga tournament arc if you want some good old-fashioned brawling just for the hell of it. Read Full Review

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    Spacey Medicine May 24, 2021


  • 9.5
    cincyfan Mar 23, 2021

    That was a big step forward from the last issue in my opinion. I loved the writing I thought the dialogue was fantastic and the artwork has been great throughout the arc. The end was huge! I hated that one of my favorite characters echo got a raw deal I think she is a fantastic character who should be used more (I'm a big fan of david Mack who created the character) I had my doubts after the last issue but I'm fully Invested once again

  • 7.5
    DDJamesB Feb 3, 2021

    I liked this one a little more than I probably should have but it just felt more productive than last issue. The part with shang chi was good and the last half definitely has me a little more interested to see what happens.

  • 7.0
    Psycamorean Feb 3, 2021

    People seem real upset about the end of this issue, and I'll just say, I'm not upset. It's not the first time they've changed so-and-so's parents, and it probably won't be the last. As for the rest of the issue, it was fine. I wish I could say I had fun, but I didn't, really.

  • 6.5
    CrazyforRAMU May 15, 2021

    The Phoenix tournament rolls on, with a few too many characters delivering cute but shallow monologues about their firechicken feelings. Artist Luca Maresca deserves plenty of credit for delivering polished art that is stylistically similar to Javier Garrón's work in the previous issue. Also, Mr. Maresca does a stellar job carrying the story through the fight scenes while the script is staring into its navel.

    I'm not at all pleased with the opacity of the tournament mechanics. Some eliminated contenders show up A-OK in Avengers Mountain. Does that mean all of the losers are safe? (Yes I am still gravely concerned about Howard the Duck.)

    My rating was headed up toward green territory -- then the final page pulled that more

  • 5.5
    Kalaoui Feb 4, 2021

    why am I still reading this? FOMO I guess.

  • 5.5
    C.V.R. The Bard Feb 6, 2021

    Love Namor, think he's better than Aquaman and all that , hell, I even recognize him as the First Mutant from time to time but c'mon , Aaron's going to put him against Echo , Bendis' sexiest creation , and have her slaughtered in the ocean ? How in the flying fuck is that fair competition ?
    This Pheonix tournament lost credibility with this here, shit Echo should've mixed it up with Red Wolf , for some Native love there . Even Shanna would have been a dope match up. Having basically break into Namor's home and get murdered for trespassing , basically , is no way a match-up.
    And I love Shang-Chi , but two issues of him fighting in a row ? And then he loses because he isn't willing to kill ? How many bodies has Cap capped when more

  • 5.0
    mrDovydas Mar 7, 2021

    I'm not even sure what's happening anymore. This reads more and more like a badly-written fanfic rather than a book that's meant to be Marvel's flagship book.

  • 4.5
    K-23 May 10, 2021

    Another drag of a boring issue further making a joke of the phoenix force and our loved characters with pointless fights and cliché tropes of characters saying things that feel off base for what we know of them. I was really liking the beginning of Aaron's run and was pumped to see where it was leading but the Moon Knight issues really seemed to be a bore and this arc has been especially brutal. Hoping we can get back to some better stories once this arc is finally over with.

  • 4.0

    The Avengers
    Volume: 8, Issue: 42 LGY: 742
    “Be Like Fire”
    “Enter the Phoenix” Part III

    Publisher: @marvel
    Writer: @jasonaaron
    Artist: @lucamaresca
    Colorist: @davcuriel
    Cover: @thealexrossart
    Letterer: Cory Petit

    The Phoenix Force has returned to Earth in search for its next host. Since it’s arrival, several of the Avengers, along with other heroes and villains from around the world, have been teleported to the White Hot Room to engage in a tournament that would determine who would wield the great power next. In this issue, the battle for the Phoenix Force continues as Namor takes on Echo for control beneath the waves and the remaining combatants stake their clai more

  • 3.5
    Onomatopoeia Feb 3, 2021

    I wish the Avengers would stop playing with the X-Men's toys.

  • 2.0
    Thorson-98 Feb 4, 2021

    Continues to be one of the most mediocre runs The Avengers has ever had, not to mention the apparent horrible retcon at the last page.

  • 2.0
    Frank61 Feb 7, 2021

    Marvel, please get someone to reset/relaunch this title...4 years and I haven't read an issue I wanted to read twice!!

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    flodid Feb 6, 2021

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    dynamitegunstar Feb 6, 2021

  • 8.0
    iPodwithnomusic Jul 21, 2021

  • 7.5
    sebastianorellana95 Feb 3, 2021

  • 7.5
    wesshamu Feb 10, 2021

  • 7.0
    maelstron Feb 3, 2021

  • 7.0
    DoorMan Feb 25, 2021

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    Bananaknight Feb 9, 2021

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    Grifter Feb 12, 2021

  • 6.0
    Julhin Mar 22, 2021

  • 5.5
    tonpas1989 Feb 3, 2021

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    Adsun22 Feb 4, 2021

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    jmprados Feb 25, 2021

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    Prodigalson16 Apr 12, 2021

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    Owen Feb 3, 2021

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    Clark Feb 3, 2021

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    Magik Feb 3, 2021

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