Avengers Arena #12

Writer: Dennis Hopeless Artist: Kev Walker Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 10, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 5
8.1Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

Apex squares off in bloody battle against...you'll have to see it to believe it! What does Death Locket see on the very last page that will freak you out? Plus: Arcade makes popcorn to eat while watching the big fight! Oh, what a jerk!

  • 9.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Jul 10, 2013

    A great deal of this issue is action, but it's the good kind where your stomach does a backflip every time the tide of the battle changes. The nonstop action reminds me of an episode of Samurai Jack, where you could watch him chop up robots for days because it was all so well done. We also spy in on Arcade after a noticeable absence, and what we see there will provide the other talking point for this issue. It's been hard to judge this series, but this one is a clear winner. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 10, 2013

    It's difficult to get too in-depth on this issue, for fear of spoilers " but suffice to say, if you've been reading Avengers Arena, whether you've been angry or been loving it, Hopeless and Walker have some sharp twists that you're really going to love. With some huge fireworks, some nice character dynamics between longtime teammates, and more than one big surprise, this arc goes out with a bang. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze Jul 11, 2013

    With that said, I do have to wonder what Arcade has been doing this whole time. In most adaptations of this concept, the person in charge was seen more often than Arcade has been and it feels a bit off. Nothing that has actually held the story back, but it's something that you still think about when he finally appears after 11 issues. Aside from this it was a solid issue and conclusion to a first act. The fighting definitely felt as if they were in a game, and it was nice to finally see one that wasn't one-sided. The art has remained consistent and I really can't wait to see what's in store next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Ben Silverio Jul 14, 2013

    Finally, we get to see a bit more of Arcade than we've seen in the past issues. I can't really say what he was doing in this issue without giving anything away, but he's certainly right when he says on the last page, "Gotta expect the unexpected." When I reached the end of the book, I had to look it over a few times to really get what was going on with this page. There's something strange afoot on Murder World and I'm looking forward to the next arc to find out more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Mike Jul 10, 2013

    If you've enjoyed the series so far, there's a good chance you'll dig this issue as well. And it looks like big things are right around the corner. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Jul 10, 2013

    As I said above, calling this the conclusion of a story is very misleading. In fact, it doesn't really wrap anything up except for Apex no longer being an immediate threat. If anything, it's primarily an opening for the next chapter, and based on the cliffhanger and "next" tease, it's sure to bring gigantic changes to the book's status quo. But, like I also stated above, it's understandable to be highly skeptical of this glimmer of hope and it's probably not enough to pull back fans who have walked away. Ultimately, it's Kevin Walker's commendable art which boosts this book from 2 stars to 3 stars for me. If you've been enjoying the ride, odds are you'll eat this one up, too. For everyone else, it all comes down to how you'll react to the huge development. Read Full Review

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