Avengers: The Initiative #12

Writer: Dan Slott, Christos Gage Artist: Steve Uy Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 30, 2008 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 1
7.5Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

The first year of the Initiative comes to a close as members are laid to rest, drummed out, declared AWOL, or awarded their full Hero's License. See who graduates and find out what super-teams they'll be assigned to as the next era of the Initiative begins!

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - M. Staples Apr 29, 2008

    One last thing of note from this issue is the introduction of a new doctor with transparent skin. I'm not sure if he's a mutant, or has some sort of powers, but I definitely want to know his story. It's the subtle storylines like these two which help make this series so enjoyable. While my favorite character from this series may have moved on to better things, I'm definitely looking forward to the next issue, and what the new batch of recruits will bring. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Apr 30, 2008

    It's kind of sad to see how Cloud 9 has progressed from the free spirited girl that just wanted to fly on her clouds back at the beginning of the series compared to the jaded and cynical soldier she is now, but also a testament to the character progression Slott has set up over the course of the past year. I hope to see some more development with her and maybe some positive super heroics to bring back some of that lost childhood for her. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Bryan Joel Apr 30, 2008

    A bit of an awkward close to this chapter of the book's life. With the horrendous fill-in art and the breezy, systematic feel of it, I can't help but wonder if this couldn't have supported one more issue. It'll be interesting to see what comes next for the title. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson May 17, 2008

    Still, it's a pretty good issue, overall, tying up old threads while giving us the beginnings of the new storyline and some new mysteries to focus upon (although the question of who Mutant Zero is, as well as what happened to War Machine, and others have yet to be answered.) The art by Steve Uy is good, but is ill-served by some rather agressive pastel computer coloring, especially in the Cloud 9 and 3-D Man's horribly gauche new uniforms. Chris Gage and Dan Slott bring the funny and the touching in equal amounts, and manage to wrap up the first arc of the Inititive with style, in a 3.5 out of 5 star outing that makes me like Iron Man for a while, makes me dislike Ms. Marvel as usual (dressing up a teenage girl in your old uniform? Mid-life crisis much, Colonel Danvers?) and makes me wonder what the next batch of recruits will bring... Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Brian McCoy Apr 29, 2008

    So, to sum up. What could have been a powerful story of loss, sacrifice, duty, and what it means to put on the suits and power up, isn't really much of anything at all. In fact, it's rather gutless. Even after K.I.A.'s rampage, there were practically no repercussions. The reactions of Dragon Man's family are fodder for cheap jokes and everything turns out all right in the end. No harm, no foul. And it doesn't even look good as it stumbles across the finish line. I'm jumping ship. There are too many good books out there to waste money on mediocrity. Read Full Review

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