Avengers #44

Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Javi Garron Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 7, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 35
7.0Critic Rating
5.3User Rating

It all comes down to this. The final battle to decide who will wield the awesome cosmic power of the Phoenix Force. You don't want to miss... the debut of the all-new Phoenix!

Rated T+

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Apr 7, 2021

    Garron delivers some beautiful art in this issue. The details in the panels are eye-catching and the battles were visually epic. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Apr 12, 2021

    Even with Marvel's slightly spoilery promos, this one is a shocker, and it once again flips the table on Aaron's Avengers, while looking pretty great. But, man, poor Namor. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Aguilar Apr 7, 2021

    "Enter The Phoenix" has been an action spectacle, and that is the case once more with the big finale, which also delivers on its promise and reveals the next true host of the Phoenix. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Apr 7, 2021

    Javier Garrn's art is at least something interesting to look at during this arc, but even then I've seen better work from him in the past, which isn't necessarily his fault. "Enter the Phoenix" has involved a lot of fire-based imagery, and it grows similarly monotonous as it goes on (I have enjoyed seeing his Phoenix variants of existing character looks, though. Those are always fun). Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - ozwoods Apr 8, 2021

    Final Thoughts:Avengers #44 finally finishes “Enter The Phoenix” and delivers a new Phoenix host. However, Jason Aaron's in-story reasoning for the choice is very weak and the reveal comes out of left field. The art by Javier Garron and colors by David Curiel is good. Sadly, that's about the only good thing in this comic. We'll see what Jason Aaron has in store with the new Phoenix going forward in Avengers or in the upcoming Heroes Reborn. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Weird Science Jim Apr 7, 2021

    Avengers #44 gives us a new Phoenix, and while that's cool, does anyone even care? This ending and the whole arc felt like a means to an end, but at least it's over. Jason Aaron seems like he's in panic mode, turning to spectacle over a story and next up is Heroes Reborn. Hmmm Read Full Review

  • 10
    Jon Comics May 1, 2021

    I seem to be in the minority here but I really enjoyed the Phoenix issues.
    I think Aaron’s Avengers lost their way around 20 issues ago, I mean who cares about Moon Knight? But he delivers here on some of the storylines he teased when he began the book and it’s epic and entertaining, there are dramatic revelations and some underused characters are utilized like Shanna, Black Knight and American Eagle,
    There are still issues: Blade and Ghost Rider still don’t fit in and add nothing, and the Phoenix choice of host feels underwhelming, but all in all the book recovers the fun and the epic scope it started with.

  • 10
    cincyfan Apr 21, 2021

    I wish I could give this a higher score about halfway through this when I started to realize what was about to happen based on the brilliant dialogue I got beyond excited! I actually started texting my wife saying this is amazing I think they're about to make one of my favorite characters the phoenix! then after the reveal I loved the ending with jean grey. I'm a huge David Mack fan and a huge fan of this character also the X-Men is my favorite book so all of this is beyond perfect. I can't say enough about the dialogue in this arc the writing is absolutely brilliant and the artwork is right on pace with the writing. The final book felt huge and by the end of it I had chills and was holding my hands in the air like I scored the game winning more

  • 7.0
    dynamitegunstar Apr 9, 2021

    Interesting choice for the Phoenix at least. Not my favorite arc; I dig this book more than most I'd say but this was mostly just some nice looking fights. Blade issue and Heroes Reborn have me pretty excited though, especially the Stokoe issue.

  • 7.0
    DDJamesB Apr 7, 2021

    It was a pretty decent read. I enjoyed certain parts but for who turns out to be phoenix it seems like a waste of an arc. What was the point of the tournament if thats who "wins"?

  • 6.5
    Tutu D'Squishbo Apr 14, 2021


    The Phoenix Force was given to a character with the least bearing on the series so far. One with so little a role, I had completely forgotten she was ever in this series, and with so little effort given to her in this series, I was forced to wikipedia the character just to have some understanding of who she is. It seems like the worst choice of them all, as she seems have little to no conflict with anyone or anything going forward. She is simultaneously a safe choice and completely unearned, and I foresee her having less impact on the story than the baby Starbrand.

    The swerve of "someone who has fallen will receive the prize" was completely wasted. That reveal should've been the driving force for the tourname more

  • 6.5
    Kalaoui Apr 9, 2021

    Finally done with book and It was a waste of time for many arcs now. Spinning wheels on nonsense. I'm off this dumb ride. Javier Garron is wasted here. He needs better writers.

  • 6.0
    CrazyforRAMU Aug 7, 2021

    New Phoenix's identity is obvious within a page of her narration kicking in. From there to the end, all I was asking was, "Are you gonna do something the Avengers and/or the readers will find meaningful, or are you just gonna spit this updated character into the Bullpen for some other writer to maybe someday develop?" And each page increased my certainty that the answer was the latter.

    This series is tying up so many good characters, so much good art, so many … passable? … words. And it's accomplishing *so little* with them!

    *Insert GIF of MCU Thanos saying, "All that for a drop of blood."*

  • 6.0
    C.V.R. The Bard Apr 22, 2021

    The right decision was made, long live Echo as The Pheonix ! And Shanna was in the finals! My two top picks made it to the end.
    Namor got his arms ripped off and put on his knees, Moon Girl got sassy, & Iron Mam still has access to a Celestial. There was some cool plot devices here.
    Cap vs. Panther was just a metaphor for the fact that Panther is being held back as a leader with Cap overshadowing him on the team.
    The only drawbacks were from The Pheonix itself :
    By Pheonix logic, She-Hulk's rage should have made her the new host. An Aaron could have really kept all that "Thor's New Mommy" shit.
    Yes, Namor got his arms ripped off - that was a memorable visual, but the pencils were meh. Colors bright. Glad the a more

  • 5.5
    daspidaboy Apr 11, 2021

    The whole reveal doesnt really make sense, the art is not that great, the pacing is off, and the story is just not that interesting. Jason Aaron is not the same writer as he used to be.

  • 5.0
    Invincible84 May 16, 2021

    Felt like they really dropped the ball on this story arc. Definitely a.story that didn't need 5 issues. I won't lie I was totally on board for another Phoenix story especially after the relegation of the 1million bc team but this book felt like a filler book to get to king is black tie ins

  • 5.0
    mrDovydas Apr 18, 2021

    Honestly, what was the point of this arc? What's the point of the tournament? Seems like a big filler arc, nothing else. Hopefully there will be a payoff, as currently this book is just going downhill extremely fast.

  • 5.0
    Synthozoid Apr 13, 2021

    The conclusion seems to have very little to do with the story arc that got us here.

  • 4.0
    Spacey Medicine Sep 16, 2021

    Okay then.

  • 4.0
    Amazing Psycamorean Apr 16, 2021

    Man, I am falling off of Avengers really hard right now. I really used to enjoy this run. You can go back and look. You'll see me praising this run, so excited for the future. How naïve! And wasteful, since I've been collecting the run for my physical collection as well! I literally have the trade containing this Phoenix arc pre-ordered. I've had it pre-ordered since like... March 2020. And I'm not going to cancel it, I'm for sure in too deep. It's preposterous. I have Heroes Reborn pre-ordered as well. No clue if that's going to be any good at all. I don't even have faith in it. And I'm sure when the World War She-Hulk trade is listed, I'll pre-order that too, because despite everything, I'm actually kinda excited for that. There's a lot more

  • 4.0
    the_comic_book_club Apr 10, 2021

    Volume: 8, Issue: 44
    “Enter the Phoenix, Part 5: I am Phoenix!”

    Publisher: Marvel @marvel
    Writer: Jason Aaron @jasonaaron
    Artist: Javier Garrón
    Colors: David Curiel @davcuriel
    Letters: Cory Petit
    Cover: Dustin Weaver

    As the tournament to decide the newest host to the Phoenix rages on, chaos follows in its wake. The collateral damage as a result of a battle between Namor and Hulk is astounding as a massive explosion devastates a village in Russia. As Thor struggles to comprehend the Phoenix Force’s shocking claims towards his parentage, Phoenix power throughout the globe begins draining away from its temporary hosts into its final choice. Maya Lopez, the woman known as more

  • 2.0
    Frank61 Apr 12, 2021

    That's enough for me...I've collected every issue (Yes, I have a beautiful CGC 6.5 #1) but I haven't been this down about this title EVER (no, not even during the Milgrom days)...I'm out.

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  • 6.5
    Julhin Apr 13, 2021

  • 6.5
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  • 6.5
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  • 6.0
    iPodwithnomusic Jul 21, 2021

  • 6.0
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  • 4.5
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