Avengers: The Initiative #1
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Avengers: The Initiative #1

Writer: Dan Slott Artist: Stefano Caselli Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 4, 2007 Critic Reviews: 5
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After Armory's weapon causes the death of M.V.P., she washes out of the Initiative Program. The circumstances of the event have since been made hush-hush. As far as the Initiative is concerned, M.V.P. never died in Stamford...

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Luke Handley Apr 8, 2007

    This book takes a look at what it means to have superpowers in the post-Civil War Marvel Universe. The new kids introduced in this issue could prove to be worthwhile additions to the Marvel pantheon, and it will be interesting to see how some of the more established heroes, such as Rage, deal with the compulsory training. Definitely one to watch. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Apr 9, 2007

    The first episode of Avengers: The Initiative is a success, and the main reason is the strong characterization Slott brings to bear in this script. Cloud 9's insecurities make it incredibly easy to relate to her. MVP's status as a jock is balanced by how incredibly likeable the character is. Trauma's goth attitude becomes quite understandable once one discovers the nature of his powers, and there many more interesting characters, full of potential, running around. Despite the time Slott spends on setting up the premise, this issue is about how these characters interact, not how they got to be at a military training facility. As long as the series maintains that focus, it should be a solid read, month after month. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Apr 8, 2007

    Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this issue, especially considering my misgivings about the state of the Marvel Universe in the wake of Civil War. Slott has introduced a compelling new group of superheroes to the Marvel Universe, has given us more detail on exactly what the Registration Act entails for these youngsters, has shown how high the stakes can be as a powered superhuman in the post-Civil War landscape - even for these young trainees and has shown us that the more realistic concerns that were at the forefront of Civil War havent prevented the possibility of telling a more old-fashioned type of superhero story in the contemporary Marvel Universe. He might not be able to gloss over all of the less pleasing elements to have come out of Mark Millars series, but this book looks to be on the right track to be an enjoyable story in its own right even if Im not yet convinced of its ability to last beyond its first arc as a third ongoing Avengers title. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Apr 8, 2007

    You know, before putting it back on the shelf and proceeding on to the checkout counter with the books Im actually going to buy. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Tobey Cook Apr 8, 2007

    Theres just so much more I dislike about this book every time I read through it, but thats something I could go on for hours about. I believe overall that Civil War has made a mess of the Marvel Universe, and if you want proof, just read this book as an example. The only reason it doesnt get a lower score from me is because the art delivers in most places where the story couldnt. Nothing about these new recruits stands out enough for me to want to invest the time in the second issue of this book. Read Full Review

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